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Development and Application of an Overall Health Metric

8:30am - 3:30pm Wednesday, February 13
Orlando - Hyatt Regency
Hyatt - Regency Ballroom U


This poster session will be displayed in conjunction with the HIMSS19 Career Fair.

In the United States, there is a considerable amount of health spending and health policy directed at improving medical treatment, in order to positively impact overall health outcomes. However, historically improvements in direct medical care have very limited ability to reduce deaths. Public health interventions would be more significant in terms of improving population health outcomes. The social determinants of health including; genetics, behavior, environmental conditions, and social influences, have the most significant effect on health outcomes. In order to be able to determine if a public health program is directly affecting a person’s health outcomes in a positive manner, a standardized metric is needed. In this poster, a survey was created that asked a number of questions aimed at identifying the social determinants of health risks of individuals. Once the survey was taken, the questions on the survey were placed into the proper social determinant of health category and an overall score was tallied. The total score was collect per individual in order to create a full picture of overall health risks. This individualized metric could be used to identify the social determinant that is most affecting a particular community. In addition, this metric could be used to identify successful or unsuccessful public health interventions. Future directions include providing the survey before an intervention and then the same survey after the public health intervention allowing a period of time to pass. This would determine if a public assistance program was beneficial, or if that program should be reevaluated. Therefore, this metric could also be used as a ROI (Return on Investment) indicator to help more efficiently distribute funds to effective public health interventions.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify a longitudinal program to determine if the health metric score improves after public health intervention.
  • Create a database with overall health metric scores for many different groups of people in the same community.
  • Create an algorithm to determine overall health risk using social determinants of health data from the survey.
  • Develop and distribute a survey that adequately addresses all social determinants of health.


Early Careerist Professional
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