Category: Project Unify

What Do You Want? Training and CEUs. When Can You Get Them? Now!

As Stewards of Change Institute moves forward on several important initiatives in 2022 (more on those below), we’d like to report that professionals in over a dozen organizations across the U.S. have now taken – or have signed up to take – the initial courses of our InterOptimability Training and Certification Curriculum. If you’re new […]

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November 15, 2021

As I started writing this blog, I thought a lot about how to deliver the following message without sounding hyperbolic or boastful: The report that Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) has just published, titled “Modernizing Consent to Advance Health and Equity,” is potentially a very big deal. Then I read a quote from Karen DeSalvo, Google’s Chief Health Officer, and thought I couldn’t explain it any better. So here’s what she said in September 2021, at the 35th Annual Plenary of the international Health Level 7 (HL7) data-exchange standards organization.  

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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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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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A Transformation in Health IT Interoperability: Moving to a Person-Centered Focus

The healthcare industry is undergoing a major transformation, not only vertically within the industry itself, but also horizontally in its intersections with other disciplines. And this change is happening – every day – as the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the pervasive impact of public health on schools, social services, and many other aspects of society. As […]

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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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