Government Should Not be a Vending Machine: The Role of Civic Tech

I recently attended the Community Information Exchange Summit, presented by 2–1–1 San Diego. Over 350 people from across North America gathered to discuss citizen-centric service delivery and bridging health and social services to build strong, thriving communities. At the center of the event was the story of 2–1–1 San Diego and its community information exchange […]

The Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust: Putting the Last Word First

With less than two weeks to go before the National Interoperability Collaborative’s first major event – “A Symposium in the NIC of Time: Advancing Information-Sharing in California and Beyond” – we’ve been giving considerable thought to how best to present our work at the Silicon Valley Data Trust (SVRDT) to the symposium’s attendees. The fact […]

Learning from Each Other to Fill in Data Gaps and Achieve Better Outcomes

By: Margo Edmunds, Ph.D., AcademyHealth, and Daniel Stein, Stewards of Change Institute Marcy Lauck has 20 years of experience in education data warehousing. When she spoke to members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) on a recent webinar, she shared an education statistic that sounded very familiar to those of us confronted by […]

Learning from 9/11: A New Approach to Fighting the Opioid Crisis

One of the major problems exposed by the tragedy on 9/11 was the inability of government agencies to reach across their silos to share critical information and to coordinate their efforts. To address that potential risk to U.S. national security, Congress voted to establish the Information Sharing Environment, the responsibility of which is to promote […]

SOCI’s 12th Symposium: We’re All in This Together

Given the times we live in, it would be easy for someone to read the first half of the title of Stewards of Change Institute’s 12th Annual National Symposium – “Taking Action During Disruptive Times: Advancing Progress on Innovation, Interoperability and Technology in HHS” – and think there’s a political judgement lurking behind the words. It […]

The Battle Has Begun, but Much More is Needed to Defeat the Opioid Crisis

I’ll start this ‘Yikes Summer is Almost Over’ blog with a bit of good news: While many of us were on vacation during the last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiated the process of distributing $53 million to 44 states, four tribes and Washington, D.C., to combat the nation’s opioid-heroin epidemic. […]