AHIMA recently announced its Board of Directors has approved a new policy statement on the subject of social determinants of health (SDoH)—the economic and social conditions that influence the health and quality of life of individuals and populations. The policy statement says AHIMA “supports the use of public policy to encourage the collection, access, sharing, and use of social determinants of health to enrich clinical decision-making and improve health outcomes, public health, and health inequities in ways that are culturally respectful.”
AHIMA releases policy statements to encourage and influence public policy, as part of its vision of a world where trusted information transforms health and health care by connecting people, systems, and ideas. The policy statement states that AHIMA believes public policy must:
“I’m pleased AHIMA’s Board of Directors has prioritized the importance of SDoH factors in healthcare,” says AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. “Recording, using, and sharing SDoH data allows health care providers to better create meaningful and accurate health journeys for not only patients but entire communities.”
AHIMA President/Chair Ginna Evans, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CRC, FAHIMA, who serves on the AHIMA Board of Directors, says she was proud the Board approved this new policy statement.
“AHIMA is the leading voice of health information and I’m proud of the work we have done and will continue to do to educate, align, and advocate for purposeful and informed SDoH strategies,” Evans says. “Health information professionals can offer a unique perspective on how to use and share SDoH data, and I’m excited to see how it will lead to improved patient care in the coming years.”