Informatics to support the IOM social and behavioral domains and measures

J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Jul;22(4):921-4. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv035. Epub 2015 Apr 24.


Consistent collection and use of social and behavioral determinants of health can improve clinical care, prevention and general health, patient satisfaction, research, and public health. A recent Institute of Medicine committee defined a panel of 11 domains and 12 measures to be included in electronic health records. Incorporating the panel into practice creates a number of informatics research opportunities as well as challenges. The informatics issues revolve around standardization, efficient collection and review, decision support, and support for research. The informatics community can aid the effort by simultaneously optimizing the collection of the selected measures while also partnering with social science researchers to develop and validate new sources of information about social and behavioral determinants of health.

Keywords: EHR; social determinants of health.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Electronic Health Records*
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics*
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, U.S., Health and Medicine Division
  • Research
  • Social Determinants of Health*
  • United States