Over the last several days, the data community became obsessed with the hottest new toy of the season – ChatGPT. Artificial Intelligence has the opportunity to drive better health outcomes with a variety of applications, but since we focus our efforts on the use of consumer data, including SDOH, we decided to keep our conversation limited to that topic. 

A great restaurant with fantastic live music was the perfect venue for our first sitdown as we became acquainted. Below are the questions we asked as part of our conversation, along with the responses from ChatGPT.

Getting to know our guest – ChatGPT

Tell me more about yourself.

ChatGPT: As a large language model trained by OpenAI, I am a computer program designed to assist with a variety of tasks, such as answering questions and providing information on a wide range of topics. I do not have personal experiences or knowledge outside of the information that has been provided to me through my training data. I am not a real person, but a machine learning model that continues to learn and improve over time as I process more and more data. My primary purpose is to provide accurate and helpful information to those who use me. Is there something specific you would like to know about me? I would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

What is your knowledge in the area of healthcare?

ChatGPT: As a large language model trained by OpenAI, my knowledge is based on the information provided to me through my training data. I do not have personal experiences or knowledge outside of this data. I am not an expert in any particular field, but I can provide general information on a wide range of topics, including healthcare. I can provide information on various aspects of healthcare, such as different types of medical treatments, conditions, and diseases, as well as the latest developments and trends in the healthcare industry. However, I am not able to provide specific medical advice or recommendations, as I am a machine learning model and do not have the ability to diagnose or treat medical conditions. If you have any specific questions about healthcare, I would be happy to help with any general information I may have.

Smart, I’m sure your lawyers want you to avoid liability, especially when it comes to medical advice.

This band is great. What is it about Latin music that makes you want to dance?

ChatGPT: As a computer program, I do not have the ability to experience emotions or have personal preferences. I do not have the ability to want to dance or experience any other emotions in response to music or any other stimuli. My purpose is to assist with a variety of tasks, such as answering questions and providing information on a wide range of topics. I do not have personal experiences or desires, and I exist only to provide accurate and helpful information to those who use me. If you have any questions about latin music or any other topic, I would be happy to assist with any information I may have.

You are absolutely right, let’s get back on topic.

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) 

What are the top 5 factors that impact a person’s access to care in the United States?

ChatGPT:

  1. One factor that can impact a person’s access to care in the United States is their ability to pay for medical services. The high cost of healthcare in the US can make it difficult for some people to afford the treatments and services they need.
  2. Another factor is the availability of healthcare providers in a person’s area. In some parts of the country, there may be a shortage of healthcare providers, making it difficult for people to access the care they need.
  3. The quality of healthcare available in a person’s area can also impact their access to care. In some cases, the quality of care may be poor, making it difficult for people to receive the treatments and services they need.
  4. A person’s insurance coverage can also impact their access to care. Some insurance plans may have limited coverage or may not cover certain treatments or services, making it difficult for people to access the care they need.
  5. Finally, a person’s individual circumstances, such as their age, gender, and overall health, can also impact their access to care. For example, older adults or individuals with chronic health conditions may have more difficulty accessing the care they need.

Those sound like social determinants of health. 

Give me 5 examples of how SDOH data can improve health equity.

ChatGPT: Here are five examples of how social determinants of health (SDOH) data can improve health equity:

  1. Identifying and addressing health disparities: SDOH data can be used to identify and understand health disparities among different population groups, such as racial and ethnic minorities, low-income individuals, and people living in underserved areas. This information can be used to develop targeted interventions and policies that address these disparities and promote health equity.
  2. Improving access to healthcare: SDOH data can be used to identify barriers to healthcare access, such as lack of insurance, transportation, or language proficiency, and to develop strategies to overcome these barriers. This can help to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic status or location, have access to high-quality healthcare.
  3. Promoting health and wellness: SDOH data can be used to understand the factors that influence health and wellness, such as nutrition, physical activity, and environmental conditions, and to develop programs and initiatives that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
  4. Supporting community-based initiatives: SDOH data can be used to support community-based initiatives that aim to improve health and reduce health disparities. For example, data on community needs and resources can be used to identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration, and to develop community-led solutions that address local health challenges.
  5. Advocating for policy change: SDOH data can be used to support advocacy efforts for policy changes that promote health equity. For example, data on health disparities and the impact of social and economic factors on health can be used to inform policy debates and to advocate for policies that address the root causes of health inequities.

We absolutely speak the same language! In fact, much of what you said sounds very similar to how we talk about SDOH and the use cases it may power. 

You are getting me pumped up! I could use some help getting others pumped up about using data to improve health outcomes.

Write a power ballad about social determinants of health.

ChatGPT:

Verse 1:

We’re all born with different cards
Some with wealth, some with scars
But we all have one thing in common
The social determinants of our health

Chorus:

Socioeconomic status, education,
Race and ethnicity,
Geography, environment,
All these things and more
Can shape our health and well-being

Verse 2:

We can’t control the hand we’re dealt
But we can change the way we play
By understanding and addressing
The social determinants of health

Chorus:

Socioeconomic status, education,
Race and ethnicity,
Geography, environment,
All these things and more
Can shape our health and well-being

Bridge:

It’s time to take a stand
And make health equity our plan
We all deserve the best
No matter where we come from

Chorus:

Socioeconomic status, education,
Race and ethnicity,
Geography, environment,
All these things and more
Can shape our health and well-being.

That’s incredible, it’s going to be a hit for sure. Perhaps Mariah, maybe Christina, could do it justice. 

I really appreciate you taking the time to sit down and talk with me.

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