Category: Information Sharing

Optimizing Care Coordination by Creating a Modern ‘Consent-to-Share Utility’

Evidence clearly shows that the routine, secure sharing of relevant personal information among the many programs and systems that serve vulnerable children (education, healthcare, behavioral health, child welfare, social services, juvenile justice, etc.) greatly enhances care coordination, thereby systemically and meaningfully improving outcomes for this underserved population. But current processes for providing informed consent to […]

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A New Training Program for the Next Normal

This quote from the latest newsletter from the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers caught my eye: “Public and private programs, agencies and organizations nationwide are preparing to build, rebuild, and grow in 2021 and beyond. And – as the pandemic has demonstrated every day – the need will be greater than […]

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Value Our Work? Please Support It!

Thousands of professionals across programs, systems and domains regularly engage with the National Interoperability Collaborative for its unique cross-sector resources, webinars, projects and relationships. Hundreds of you, individually or through your organizations, are NIC members. In other words, we have succeeded in building the “community of networks” that we envisioned when we launched the NIC […]

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An Important New Initiative at the W3C Virtual Technical Plenary: Human Services Data Dictionaries! Join Us on Oct. 21.

  Within many countries and across national borders, the internet is full of varying definitions or understandings for similar or even the same human services concepts. For example, the word “program” means different things in different circumstances and different sectors. The same is true for many common terms, even simple ones that we may intuitively […]

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Data Sharing in Times of Crisis: Responsible Data Use Playbooks

          See the original post on Medium. For years my mantra has been, “I just want to see data used to transform lives.” Little did I know that in 2020, the world would need data to save lives and livelihoods. Responsible data use and data sharing has always been capable of saving […]

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Interoperability Insights: Demonstrating the Need and the Benefits of Connecting Health and Human Services

The Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) has just released an important new Issue Brief, to which I contributed research and writing, titled “Interoperability Insights: Demonstrating the Need and the Benefits of Connecting Health and Human Services.” This paper examines the technical aspects of interoperability required to support integrated care and case management across multiple domains, […]

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National Interoperability Collaborative Wins Three Prestigious Davey Awards

Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) is proud to announce that our primary initiative, the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC), has received three Silver awards from the 2019 International Davey Awards. This prestigious competition “honors the best in Web, Design, Video, Advertising, Mobile, and Social from small agencies worldwide.” The three Silver Awards went to the NIC Collaboration […]

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Illustrating Interoperability: From San Diego to Chicago … and Beyond!

The annual Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference is always a great place to share ideas, learn about new initiatives and technologies, network with federal and state officials and engage with industry leaders from across the country. This year’s MESC – which took place in Chicago last week – was no exception.  I’m gratified to say that […]

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Innovative Information-Sharing: Administrative Data as a Strategic Asset

Every day, state governments make decisions that affect their citizens’ lives. They determine which policies to enact and which problems to address. They establish how programs should be run and where budget dollars are best spent, as well as who qualifies for government assistance. To effectively serve the public, officials at every level of state […]

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