Since 2009, federal legislation has awarded billions of dollars to physicians and hospitals that make health information technology part of their practice. While many highlighted the downsides of digitization, the providers who unlock its full potential know very well that it benefits clinical care immensely.

Most social care organizations, however, were left untouched by this outpouring of funds—not for lack of necessity, but their inability to qualify. Although their exclusion was no doubt a missed opportunity, digital tools and data solutions have emerged over the past decade that can more than make up for lost time.

The reasons for digitizing social care are as numerous as the challenges that come with it. Here are a few of each.

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Originally Published on Forbes (December 6, 2019)