These startups are working to keep patients healthy by addressing issues such as food insecurity, access to transportation, and home healthcare.
Studies have repeatedly shown that social determinants of health (SDOH) such as loneliness, access to transportation, food security, and homelessness significantly impact healthcare outcomes and costs.
These factors, along with environmental exposures and behavioral patterns, contributed to 60% of premature deaths in the US, according to research published in NEJM in 2007.
The Covid-19 outbreak serves as a somber reminder of the crucial role that social factors play in health, as minority communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.
To help address these issues, regulators like CMS are expanding the coverage of non-medical benefits and committing to new care delivery and payment models. Some corporates are also making moves in the space, including tech unicorns Uber and Lyft offering non-emergency medical transportation.