Resource Center

Your Virtual Library

Our Resource Center is a virtual library where you can go for a broad range of information relating to interoperability, information-sharing, and the six domains in which NIC primarily works: human and social services, public health, public education, public safety, emergency medical services and health information technology. We have vetted and aggregated numerous studies, guidance documents and other materials, which can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy access and use, and will add resources continually over time. The Resource Center is available to all professionals interested in the subject matter, irrespective of whether they are NIC participants.

To make the Center as robust and beneficial as possible, we welcome recommendations of relevant content that users encounter elsewhere, that they have produced themselves, or that they are already utilizing. Please provide your suggestions and comments via email to

11-15-2021 Featured Project

National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems

This paper explains the Commission, the foundational white papers, defines terms, describes the Commission approach, and outlines the guiding principles of a modern, equity-oriented public health data system and what that system does. This includes a brief summary of past and present data modernization initiatives.

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11-15-2021 Featured Project

Charting a Course for an Equity-Centered Data System: Recommendations from the National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the gaps in our public health and health data infrastructure and illuminated the many ways in which they perpetuate vast health inequities. To work toward a modernized health data system, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established a first-of-its-kind National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems to reimagine how data are collected, shared, and used, and identify the investments needed to improve health equity. Commissioners examined both the systems and the data needed to ensure public health information works for all, including: who the data we collect elevates, who is being centered in our data, who is being excluded, and why.  

The Commission’s recommendations for the nation call on government at all levels, business, community-based organizations, philanthropy, and others to take specific action to reimagine and modernize the public health data system.

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03-17-2018 White Paper

Building a Roadmap for Health Information Systems Interoperability for Public Health

“The goal is to facilitate standardization of health information exchanges between clinical care and public health. The objective is to engage the public health community in a dialogue with health information technology (HIT) vendors to assure that the work processes and data needs of public health stakeholders in health information exchanges are 1) well understood and agreed upon by stakeholders themselves, and then (2) communicated clearly to the developers of the interoperable clinical Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and Public Health information systems (EHR-PH Systems). ”

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03-17-2018 Report

Connecting Public Health Information Systems and Health Information Exchange Organizations

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) engaged Clinovations Government + Health (CGH) to explore how public health jurisdictions use existing health information exchange (HIE) organizations as a method to exchange information with health care providers. The project documents best practices and lessons learned in the use of HIE organizations to mediate connections to public health information systems. This report identifies the real-world experiences of jurisdictions as they apply or consider applying this approach.

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03-17-2018 Roadmap

Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) committed to leading and collaborating with the health IT and health sector to define a shared Roadmap for achieving interoperable health IT that supports a broad scale learning healthsystem by 2024. This Roadmap reflects the result of that collaborative work with federal, state and private partners. It lays out a plan for what needs to happen, by when, and by whom, to see that electronic health information is available when and where it matters most for those we are here to serve: the American people.

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03-17-2018 Toolkit

New York State Privacy and Confidentiality Toolkit

Comprehensive toolkit on confidentiality and privacy in information sharing across health and human services.  The Toolkit analyzes, explains, and is intended to aid New York in the navigation of a number of Federal
and New York State laws that impact the sharing of case-level information among health and human services agencies and providers.

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