Population and Public Health

Standards Paving the Way to Address Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are key aspects of public health and the existing health ecosystem. SDOH data can better inform care delivery, improve outcomes, and quality of life. Standards-based interoperable technology should account for components outside of traditional healthcare, i.e. stable housing, access to healthy food, and reliable transportation.

Join the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community as experts in SDOH data discuss the most up-to-date advancements to improve whole-person care through interoperability and better health information exchange. This discussion will explore the standards and technology presently available to support SDOH related interventions, as well as U.S. government efforts to maximize existing and future federal investments in social health and care.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the recent advancements in and recognize the importance of standards-based interoperability to integrate SDOH data with traditional health information.
  • Recognize the repository of open standards available for exchanging SDOH data and identify remaining gaps and challenges.
  • Describe current health information and technology related policies and government efforts intended to increase the impact of social services on overall wellbeing.


  • Lenel James, Business Lead, Health Information Exchange & Innovation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Evelyn Gallego, Founder & CEO, EMI Advisors LLC
  • JaWanna Henry, Analyst and SDOH Lead, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
  • Melissa Kotrys, CEO, Health Current
  • Samantha Meklir, Senior Policy Advisor, Immediate Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

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