eHealth Initiative Releases Report Highlighting Ethical Uses of SDOH Data During COVID-19

eHealth Initiative Releases Report Highlighting Ethical Uses of SDOH Data During COVID-19


Washington, DC – November 30, 2020 – Today, eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) released a report in partnership with the Health Care business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions entitled Assessing eHI’s Guiding Principles for Ethical Use of SDOH Data During COVID-19: Examples from the Field. The report describes the ways in which stakeholders collect and utilize social determinants of health (SDOH) data to create targeted interventions for vulnerable populations. 

In 2019, eHI released the Guiding Principles for Ethical Use of Social Determinants of Health Data, which proposed recommendations for the ethical use of SDOH data by healthcare organizations. Today’s report delivers findings from a panel of experts convened from government, health care providers, and community-based organizations, who each presented examples of how the five guiding principles were applied during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The five guiding principles involve how to ethically:

  • Employ SDOH in care coordination
  • Recognize risk through analytics
  • Map resources and identify gaps
  • Assess impact
  • Customize interventions and allow individuals to determine the best fit

The report emphasizes the importance of applying the Guiding Principles in ways that are transparent, respectful, and effective. “So many factors can impact a person’s health, factors that go beyond just a clinical diagnosis. We have an obligation to our communities to effectively and ethically apply SDOH analytics to identify those who need additional care services that can dramatically improve their health,” said Josh Schoeller, CEO at the Health Care business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

“As we continue to face this unprecedented health challenge, the ethical use of SDOH data improves healthcare and community organizations’ ability to provide the right interventions," said Jen Covich Bordenick, CEO of eHI. “We were pleased to join with LexisNexis Risk Solutions to highlight how organizations have stepped up to meet the needs of communities who are most impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this report provides insights on how to provide whole-person healthcare." 

Download the report. 

For additional information, please contact Wanneh Dixon


About eHealth Initiative:

eHealth Initiative (eHI) convenes executives from every stakeholder group in healthcare to discuss, identify and share best practices to transform the delivery of healthcare using technology and innovation. eHI, along with its coalition of members, focuses on education, research, and advocacy to promote the use and sharing of data to improve health care. Our vision is to harmonize new technology and care models in a way that improves population health and consumer experiences. eHI has become a go-to resource for the industry through its eHealth Resource Center. For more information, visit

About LexisNexis Risk Solutions

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. We provide data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, health care and government. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of RELX (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX), a global provider of information-based and analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers across industries. For more information, please visit and

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