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Top SDOH Sessions at HIMSS19

1545331039204This year, we expect the sessions and speakers at HIMSS19 to more closely reflect the healthcare industry's growing emphasis on the social determinants of health. With value-based and managed care models taking hold in more states and systems across the country, these upstream impacts on health outcomes and utilization have come into sharper focus. 

As Karen DeSalvo, former ONC Chief, told TechTarget recently:

I think we've woken up as a country to the fact that health is more than healthcare. I think from a policy level and in the public and private sector, it's clear health is driven by more than just what happens in the healthcare setting. And so there need to be other sources of data informing everyone engaged about the person's health.

Here are's picks for the top SDOH-related sessions and exhibitors with SDOH expertise.


Bending the Cost Curve with Whole-Person Care

4:15-5:15PM in W300

“Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, a large safety net organization in California, designed and implemented specific strategies to address the social, clinical and behavioral needs of their high-risk Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Their program is part of an effort sponsored by the State of California deemed “whole person care.” This session will provide an inside look at how a facility with more than 90% Medicaid patient population learned to apply whole-person care principles to improve outcomes and decrease costs.”


  • Philip Strong, CMIO, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

  • Teddy Shah, VP Advisory Services, Optum


Going Deep into Our Communities with Advanced Data Platform

2:30-3:30PM in W300

“As Providence St. Joseph Health forges an intentional and integrated five-year plan to improve community health status over its seven-state service area, the road is guided by Community Pathways to Health (CPH), our internally-developed data and analytics platform that combines clinical, demographic and patient-reported information with block-level measurements of the social determinants of health. This one-of-a-kind tool is helping PSJH better identify areas of need where patients are most vulnerable, develop a more proactive community benefit plan, improve care management, become proactive with social determinants of health, further refine mental health and well-being, and improve services for the Medicaid population. Breakthrough tools like CPH make us a proactive community partner that responds before neighbors become patients.”


  • Rhonda Medows, President, Population Health Management and CEO of Ayin Health Health Solutions, Providence St. Joseph Health

  • Dora Barilla, Vice President, Community Health Investment, Providence St. Joseph Health


Developing a Social Determinants of Health Data Model for PRAPARE

10:00-11:00AM in W300

“This session will provide detailed information about the efforts and outcome of developing a common data model for collecting social and economic risk factors data and the organization of those data into a data model which relates to other tools utilized to collect social and economic risk factor data and can help to improve the understanding of the impact of social and economic risk on cost and quality of care.”


  • Rosy Chang Weir, Director of Research, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

  • Andrew Hamilton, CIO, AllianceChicago


Achieving the Triple Aim for Children with Medical Complexity

11:15-11:45AM in W307A

“The care for medically complex children can be confusing for families. It can also consume large amounts of healthcare resources and can be very costly. Social determinants of health can also complicate an already complex situation. Children's Hospital Colorado set out to improve outcomes, increase patient and family satisfaction and reduce costs through the utilization of health information technology. Children's Hospital Colorado layered risks due to social determinants with a medical complexity algorithm to create what we believe to be a more accurate measurement of complexity. This risk scoring helps to determine resource assignment and utilization for our most complex patients.”


  • Christopher Stille, Professor of Pediatrics and Section Head of General Academic Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Colorado

  • Sara Martin, Application Analyst, Children’s Hospital Colorado



  • Altarum, Booth 9100-93

  • Avia Health Innovation, Booth 888-21

  • HRSA, Booth 8267-12

  • Intermountain Healthcare, Booth 3200

  • Jefferson College of Population Health, Booth UR1

  • MITRE Health, Booths 8267-09 and 9100-101

  • Nemours Children’s Health System, Booth 4473


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