Data Briefs

Hospital Readmission and Social Risk Factors Identified from Physician Notes

Amol Navathe, University of Pennsylvania
Feiran Zhong
Victor J. Lei
Frank Y. Chang
Margarita Sordo
Maxim Topaz
Shamkant B. Navathe
Roberto A. Rocha
Li Zhou

LDI briefs are produced by LDI's policy team. For more information please contact Janet Weiner at


Physician notes contain valuable information on social risk factors that put patients at high risk of hospital readmission. This study finds that automated methods for analyzing physician notes within electronic health records can identify social risk factors more completely than administrative data, enhancing a hospital’s ability to identify patients at risk of readmission.


Date Posted: 12 May 2017