Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) has teamed up with Carrot Health, a provider of healthcare solutions, to deliver social determinants of health (SDoH) scores.

This collaboration is part of the ongoing initiative to offer relevant SDoH information to healthcare industry in order to create an understanding of social and behavioural requirements and monitor any change in risk.

Carrot Health Social Risk Group will be provided to the association’s member hospitals.

Carrot SRG combines the SDoH taxonomy standard with precise individual person-level measurement.

This partnership will enable distribution of Carrot SRG scores, which can consumed by all stakeholders in a standardised approach. This will inturn enable the hospitals to identify and address important SDoH factors much before they lead to high-cost care encounters.

Carrot Health CEO Kurt Waltenbaugh said: “We are pleased to partner with CHA to tackle the complex issues around measuring and forecasting adverse health outcomes caused by social, environmental, economic, and behavioral factors, and providing solutions to their member hospitals.

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“With Carrot SRG, users can identify the impact factors outside of the hospital – like food insecurity or housing instability – have on short-term risks such as hospital readmissions, Emergency Department use, medication adherence, and 12-month Total Cost of Care, as well as long-term risks such as overall mortality and morbidity.”

According to several studies, up to 80% of a person’s long-term health outcomes are influenced by social, environmental, economic, and behavioral factors such as food, housing, transportation, and employment. However, healthcare entities have struggled to use this information to address health requirements given the complexity of capturing the status of every member and then measuring their progress over a course of time.