It’s been established that 70-80% of determinants of health outcomes can be attributed to socio-economic, environment influence and behavioral health challenges. Accordingly, support from the community, through local volunteers or trusted low–cost services, has a vital role to play in meeting one’s practical healthcare needs and improving ones quality of life.
On Friday, June 17, 2016, I hosted the weekly #HITsm tweetchat where topics on “Addressing Healthcare via Non-Medical, Community-Based Resources and Tools” were discussed.
This post summarizes the key points of information, ideas and considerations raised by participants of that tweetchat. For detailed information contained in individual tweets, see previous posts referenced at the end of this post.
Specific locations where individuals who might benefit from non-medical support services were identified
Topic 2: What role, if any, do physicians have in connecting patients to specific, local, non-medical support programs and resources?
There’s a role for others both in the doctor’s office and elsewhere
Your shopping receipts can reveal a lot about your health and potential health needs
Topic #3: How can technology be used to reach out to people who may not seek help or sign up to receive it?
Technology makes helpful resources accessible, available and scaleable
Supports Communication between resources, patients and caregivers.
Analytics & personalization are key needs addressed by technology
Topic 4: How can technology tap the large supply of informal support from volunteers and resources provided by local service organizations?
Attributes and tags to help identify opportunities & potential conflicts
Technology is needed to enable interoperability and share information
Topic 5: How can digital tools bridge care provided in clinical settings w/community-based, non-medical resources?
Facilitates actionable information that’s easy to consume
Analytics create insight by identifying need and matching resources to those needs
Topic 6: What are some ways technology can help support the ‘carers’ who provide support to others?
Can relieve caregivers of some of the burden of day to day administrative and care coordination overhead
Enables and supports Communities of Care
Provides support for caregiver needs
Where to Find Details on All of the Above
For more detailed information and ideas on the above, check out these previous blog posts for tweets providing additional details on the above: