ONC Workshop: Advancing Social Determinants of Health Data Use and Interoperability for Achieving Health Equity

JULY 13, 2021 AT 10 AM ET
Location: Virtual

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The advancement and use of interoperable, standardized data on social needs and on the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play (or social determinants of health, or SDOH) is critical as part of the comprehensive approach underway to advance equity for all. Addressing inequities in these conditions, often tied to social care needs and driven in large part due to the root causes of poverty and racism, can be supported and informed through the use of health IT. This workshop will explore existing and emerging data standards, tools, approaches, policies, models, and interventions for advancing the use and interoperability of non-clinical health data for individual and community health improvement. It will enable varying perspectives of health policymakers and health improvement implementers to highlight inventive solutions, share challenges, and ideas on data modernization to advance health equity. The workshop offers introductory content as well as deep exploration of key topics as part of SDOH health IT data use and interoperability including facilitated, expert stakeholder engagement.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Highlight health IT approaches of multi-stakeholder and cross-sector partnerships to deliver data-driven health improvement solutions using multi-sector data to deliver care and to address unmet needs outside of the healthcare setting including specific initiatives’ approaches related to workflow, sustainability, and trust.
  • Explore innovative efforts for SDOH information exchange and interoperable referrals with considerations for consent and equity and focus on examples of implementation from the communities, regions, and states where the SDOH interoperability work is occurring.
  • Describe the current state and emerging opportunities for SDOH data standardization including the importance of data standards, standards development organization relevant activities, challenges with SDOH data use and interoperability including workflow integration, and standards and processes for interoperable social care referrals—including both necessary content and why this is critical for better care and to address unmet needs.
  • Support stakeholders getting started with SDOH data use and interoperability in the field by providing an overview of ONC tools, projects, and resources that can help inform the successful use of health IT for SDOH data use and interoperability, including fresh perspectives from ONC grantees focused on building innovative HIE services that benefit public health agencies and improving HIE services available to support communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agenda:

Agenda details and speakers are subject to change.

Time

Session

10:00-10:50 am

Welcome

Opening Remarks

  • Elise Anthony, Executive Director, Office of Policy, ONC
  • Lisa Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, ONC

Keynote

  • Micky Tripathi, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
11:00-1:00 pm

Morning Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Option A: ONC Resources/Federal Tools to Support Practice in the Field and Grantee Spotlights

This session will support stakeholders getting started in the field by providing an overview of Medicaid Guidance and ONC tools, projects, and resources for informing the successful use of health IT for SDOH data use and interoperability. It will include fresh perspectives from grantees focused on building innovative HIE services that benefit public health agencies and improving HIE services available to support communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Sam Meklir, ONC, Moderator
  • Tom Novak, ONC, Moderator
  • Timothy Jay Carney, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease, Office of Informatics
  • Sonia Chambers and Marc Rabner, West Virginia Health Information Network and ONC STAR HIE Grantee
  • JaWanna Henry, ONC
  • Mike Mote, Health Current Arizona and ONC STAR HIE Grantee
  • Elizabeth Scoles, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HSX) and ONC STAR HIE Grantee

Option B: Updates from Implementers--Social Determinants of Health Information Exchange

This session will explore innovative efforts for SDOH information exchange and interoperable referrals, along with considerations for consent and equity, with a special focus on implementation updates from communities, regions, and states. Presenters will expand upon a similar session from the ONC Annual Meeting and share policy considerations of their work based on frontline implementation experience. The session will highlight initiatives from 1) CyncHealth, describing the use of HIE to enhance SDOH collaboration in Nebraska 2) San Diego Health Connect, noting relevant take-aways from their 2019 LEAP Project for consent and reducing health disparities 3) Ohio Health Information Partnership, describing their efforts on SDOH referrals and 4) Bronx RHIO, discussing community-based health IT efforts to address SDOH.

  • Brett Andriesen, ONC, Moderator
  • Lisa Bari, Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, Moderator
  • Mohammad Jafari, San Diego Health Connect
  • Kathryn Miller, Bronx RHIO
  • Dan Paoletti, Ohio Health Information Partnership
  • Melanie Surber, CyncHealth
1:00-1:30 pm

Break

1:30-3:30 pm

Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Option C: State of SDOH Standards--Exploration of Current SDOH Data Standardization Efforts and Marketplace

This session will describe current activities and opportunities for SDOH health IT data standardization including the importance of data standards, standards development organization relevant activities, and challenges with SDOH data use and interoperability. It will explore workflow integration, and standards and processes for interoperable social care referrals process including examples of innovative technology solutions for social care referrals.

  • Brett Andriesen, ONC, Moderator
  • Ryan Argentieri, ONC, Moderator
  • Kailah Davis, Pradeep Podila, and Debra Sanchez-Torres, CDC
  • Greg Bloom, Open Referral
  • Evelyn Gallego, Gravity Project
  • ACL Social Care Referral Challenge Winners:
    • John Manning, Winning Team- “FHIR- FLI”, Atrium Health/Unite Us
    • Paul Sorenson, Winning Team- “Data Standards for MO AAAs”, University of Missouri-St Louis/Unite Us, Healthify, and Aunt Bertha

Option D: Data in Action: Multi-Stakeholder and Cross Sector Approaches to Improving Health and Better Care

This session will highlight and explore the importance of multi-stakeholder and cross-sector partnerships to deliver data-driven health improvement solutions. It will include examples of initiatives using multi-sector data to deliver care and to address unmet needs outside of the healthcare setting. Speakers will highlight workflows, referral process and platforms supporting data exchange, and will describe approaches to funding and to sharing resources with participating community partners. The session will emphasize sustainability approaches including the importance of establishing and sustaining trust for applying data-driven approaches in the community.

  • Craig Brammer, The Health Collaborative & Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, Moderator
  • JaWanna Henry, ONC, Moderator
  • Sam Meklir, ONC, Moderator
  • Christopher Mundorf, MetroHealth
  • Jacob Reider, Alliance for Better Health
  • Holly Sienkiewicz, Common Ground Health

Option E: Leveraging SDOH Related Data to Fuel Greater Innovation for All

This session will explore the potential ways SDOH related data can be used to fuel greater innovation at the intersection between traditional healthcare settings and the public health community. The goal is to spark ideas through an open discussion and gather input from participants. It will explorehow this work aligns with national priorities including broader national open data efforts; and, will feature industry collaborative efforts to help start the conversation. The session agenda includes dedicated discussion and presentations on: national trends, industry led partnerships, local innovation examples, and open data.

  • Stephen Konya, ONC, Moderator
  • Kevin Duvall, HHS, Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • JT Lane, ASTHO
  • Callie Patel, Healthbox
  • Talisha Searcy, ONC
  • Priyanka Surio, ASTHO
  • Leslie Wainwright, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation
3:30-3:45 pm

Break

3:45-4:00 pm

Reflections on the Day – Bridging Health Disparities with Data-Driven Innovation

  • Kristen Honey, Chief Data Scientist and Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
4:00-4:30 pm

Breakout Session Report Out

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Ryan Argentieri, Deputy Director, Office of Policy, ONC
Content last reviewed on July 20, 2021
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