New Interactive Tool Provides Social Determinants of Health Data on Internet Access
AHRQ's new online data visualization tool gives analysts access to social determinants of health (SDOH) data related to people's access to the internet. Internet access is essential for obtaining home-based telemedicine and is increasingly important for healthcare needs such as making appointments with providers, getting test results, and accessing medical records.
The new resource, based on data from AHRQ’s SDOH beta database, features a map of the United States showing county-level percentages of households with computers and smartphones and percentages of households with any type of high-speed internet access. The map also shows county-level percentages of individuals in poverty. The SDOH database, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund and AHRQ, is currently in a test phase.
AHRQ has also released an environmental scan (XLSX, 46 KB) to identify SDOH data sources at the ZIP code, county and state levels. AHRQ asks users to send suggestions or comments on SDOH data resources to SDOH@ahrq.hhs.gov.