What is NIC?

The National Interoperability Collaborative is a “community of networks” designed to promote greater information-sharing, interoperability, and collaboration in human services, public health, health IT, education, public safety, emergency response, and other relevant domains related to and including the Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being.

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NIC’s intent is to enable more and better partnerships, collaborations, relationships and linkages at the local, state, and national levels; as well as to catalyze, support, and sustain positive, systemic changes throughout the United States, especially for underserved individuals, families and communities.

A number of health policy groups and coalitions are already working to integrate the social determinants with health care information. They are reaching out to community-based organizations to get a fuller picture of the lived experience of the people they serve, so they can provide more-coordinated and personalized care. NIC starts with the social services side of care systems to learn how they can improve processes and outcomes by sharing and integrating data about the people they serve, and to capture best practices in their information exchange with health care and related systems.

NIC was conceived by the Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) and is co-led by SOCI and AcademyHealth. Seed funding to launch the initiative was provided by the Kresge Foundation; the Microsoft Corporation, IBM and the Annie E. Casey Foundation subsequently provided additional grants. NIC’s current partners are the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Connecticut Department of Social Services, and the Virginia Department of Health and Human Services – these three states are the sites of initial NIC efforts – as well as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust (SVRDT).