Epic users at some Wisconsin providers to get EHR-embedded SDOH tool

Five health systems in Dane County, Wisconsin, are working alongside community partners to embed a social needs referral tool into Epic.  

The Connect Rx Wisconsin team, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earlier this month won $1 million from Schmidt Futures to create an integrated network of healthcare and social service systems across Dane County, building on existing electronic healthcare technology.

As proposed, the community resource solution will be embedded directly in Epic so that providers don’t need to change to a different portal.  

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“Connect Rx is the gold-standard solution for integrating multiple healthcare and social service systems within the electronic health record to increase income and improve health for families,” said the team in an informational video published this past week.   

Dane County has some of the worst racial disparities in the country in terms of median household income, poverty rate, unemployment rate and birth outcomes, according to Connect Rx.  

“Connect Rx will turn the tide of economic instability and racial disparities in Wisconsin. With our health systems burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic and growing social unrest, never has a project been more