AMA updates social determinants of health data map

The American Medical Association updated data on its Health Workforce Mapper to help physicians and other healthcare providers improve patient access to care.

The tool depicts the geographic locations of the healthcare workforce in each state, including physician specialties and subspecialties. It also provides population health data by geographic location.

The "Population Health Explorer" feature gives data on various population health factors, including healthcare access and quality, health behaviors, demographics and social environment factors. The feature allows users to determine where U.S. physicians practice and see where the patients are and the factors that affect their health and access to care.

"The AMA is committed to improving patient access to high-quality care. With the updated mapping tool, physicians and healthcare professionals will be able to more precisely and easily pinpoint the areas and populations which could benefit most from their skills and services," said AMA President Barbara McAneny, MD. "Providers can use this information to help them determine where to locate or expand their practices to reach patients in greatest need of access to care."

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