Kaiser to launch social care network

Kaiser Permanente will soon launch a new care network that connects the system’s more than 12 million members to community services that address their social needs.

The Thrive Local initiative will be integrated into Kaiser’s electronic health record, and will be rolled out regionally this summer, though the first location hasn’t been announced yet. Over the next three years, the health system will make it available throughout the entire system.

The program will allow healthcare providers and caregivers to connect patients with community resources that can help them address needs such as food insecurity or housing instability from an array of not-for-profit, public and private social services.

– Modern Healthcare