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“Can I name this thing I see?” Informatics as a Trojan Horse to address Food Insecurity and SDOH

A Conversation with philosofarmer-turned nurse and policy informaticist Sarah DeSilvey

Patchwise Labs
Apr 30, 2019 · 8 min read

Sarah C. DeSilvey

Your work spans clinical practice, health policy, informatics, and much more. Can you tell us a little bit about your background, and the work that led you to propose new z-codes to the CDC?

Can you describe what you’re pursuing in your doctorate work?

How would you explain why these new codes for social determinants of health are so important?

Can you comment on some of the business implications that are playing out here, for both clinical practitioners, and broader enterprise level data and analytics efforts?

Let’s talk about what these new codes WON’T solve for. Do you have a wishlist for actions that health plans, systems, and state/local officials can take to address SDOH in their communities?

You’re involved the food insecurity wing of the GRAVITY project. Can you talk about what this new initiative is for someone who might not know a lot about health informatics? What do you hope to accomplish through this group, say a year from today?

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We are a creative strategy firm with one simple goal: To make the healthcare system work better for the people who need its help. http://www.patchwiselabs.com

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Stories and analysis of emerging innovations to address the social determinants of health (SDOH)

Patchwise Labs

Written by

We are a creative strategy firm with one simple goal: To make the healthcare system work better for the people who need its help. http://www.patchwiselabs.com

Patchwise Labs

Stories and analysis of emerging innovations to address the social determinants of health (SDOH)

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