Interoperability in Action Webinar Series #2

Advancing Interoperable Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

July 26, 2017 12 pm to 4 pm, EDT
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

This half-day webinar will focus on the current state of interoperability of social determinants of health (SDOH) screening and assessment tools in care delivery, and describe their role in newer care and payment models. We will describe efforts and available resources to increase the interoperability of SDOH tools, concepts and data elements.

Participants will come away with a better understanding of the principles of interoperability and how to leverage health IT to support the use of SDOH in clinical practice and to improve clinical decision support and quality measurement, care coordination, and population health management.


Al Taylor, Medical Informatics Officer, Office of Standards and Technology, ONC
Samantha Meklir, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Policy, ONC
12:00 pm-12:15 pm

Welcome and Introductions

  • Al Taylor, MD, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
12:15 pm-12:30 pm

The Value of Capturing SDOH in Clinical Care

This session focuses on drivers for the increased collection of patients’ SDOH data at the point of care and presents the most commonly used screening tools and approaches to addressing patients’ SDOH needs.

  • Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD, Social Intervention Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN)
12:30 pm-1:00 pm

Making the Case for Interoperable SDOH

This session describes the increasing need and value of representing patient-reported and community-level SDOH data using common clinical vocabulary standards; it will explore the ways in which interoperable SDOH data can be used to support health care, including clinical decision support, quality improvement and measurement, case management and population health.

  • Dan Vreeman, PT, DPT, Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics
1:00 pm-2:20 pm

Health IT Enabled SDOH Exemplars

This session will highlight how some organizations have implemented solutions that use structured data and integration into EHRs and other health information technology. It will also explore implementation challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

  • Matt Lambert, MD, Anthony Beverina, Socially Determined
  • Michelle Proser, PhD, National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Rosy Chang Weir, PhD, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
  • Hilary Placzek, PhD, MPH, Health Leads Inc.
  • Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH, OCHIN
2:20 pm-3:00 pm

Building a Playbook

This session will assist screening tool developers and users alike as they begin the process of identifying and creating the needed structured vocabularies to appropriately represent SDOH domains, questions and components and will discuss how to integrate these new data elements into their EHR systems.

  1. Am I using the right screening tool?
  2. Who owns these tools? Are there intellectual property issues with their use?
  3. Which clinical vocabulary should I use?
  4. How do I get new codes?
  5. How do I integrate them into my EHR?

Scheduled Speakers

  • Rob McClure, MD, ONC/NLM consultant on terminology/vocabulary
  • Julia Skapik, MD, ONC
  • Lisa Lang National Library of Medicine
  • Theresa Cullen, MD, Regenstrief Institute
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Next Steps

This workshop is meant to be the beginning for the growing community of users and developers of SDOH, and this early work raises as many questions as it answers:

  1. How can this newly integrated information be leveraged? C-CDA, FHIR?
  2. How do I use these data for CDS/CQM/QI?
  3. How will these new codes be organized, stored, made available?
  4. Resources for communication (SIREN listserv etc.)?
  5. What are future innovation opportunities for stakeholder?
  6. What does ONC offer for stakeholder opportunities and resources?

Scheduled Speakers

  • Al Taylor, MD, ONC
  • Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD, SIREN