The American Medical Association (AMA) and UnitedHealthcare recently announced they are collaborating on a new initiative to standardize the collection, processing, and integration of social determinants of health data. The social determinants of health refer to an individual’s access to things such as secure housing, transportation, fresh food, caregivers, and other resources.
The general idea is that by addressing these issues, access to and quality of care for certain consumer populations can be improved. The initiative will build on existing work by UnitedHealthcare that focused on addressing the social determinants of health. By consistently gathering and organization data related to these determinants, the two organizations hope to more effectively incorporate such information into the treatment plans of those they care for.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. is a for-profit managed health care company based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. As of 2018, it was ranked #5 on the Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue, and is the largest health care organization in the world by revenue according to revenue data from 2017. The American Medical Association (AMA) is the largest association of clinical professionals—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the United States.
This was reported by EHR Intelligence on April 2, 2019.
Contact Information: American Medical Association, AMA Plaza, 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 39300, Chicago, Illinois 60611; (800) 621-8335; Website: www.ama-assn.org
Contact Information: UnitedHealthcare, 9800 Health Care Lane, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343; (800) 842-3585; Website: www.uhc.com