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Check back regularly for the latest news, insights and musings from Daniel Stein, President of Stewards of Change Institute, along with guest bloggers who share their unique knowledge and perspectives.

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A Webinar in the NIC of Time – Insights from the Front Lines: What’s Working (and Not Working) in the Battle against Opioids

In virtually every state of our country, efforts are being mounted to combat the worst public health crisis in modern U.S. history; that is, the opioid epidemic. Some of these initiatives are still in their early stages, while others are relatively advanced and starting to see successes. Regardless of where they are in their development, […]

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 […]

Weathering the Storm: Interoperability’s Role in Shaping a Better Future

As I’m sure was the case for nearly everyone in our country and beyond, watching the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey provided a chilling reminder of how vulnerable we all can be to forces beyond our control. At the same time, seeing the concerted — and often heroic — efforts to help the people of […]

Not Just Another Symposium: Launching into the Future

Depending on which website you go to, you’ll learn that either President Abraham Lincoln or educator/ philosopher Philip Drucker came up with one of my favorite quotes: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Regardless of who first spoke those wise words, they neatly encapsulate what Stewards of Change (SOC) has […]

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 […]

How can HHS benefit from the Digital Revolution?

We are well into the fourth industrial revolution – an era that provides a range of new technologies bringing together the physical, digital and biological worlds. It is a revolution that impacts digitization on the economy, providing emerging technology breakthroughs of artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things and autonomous vehicles, to name a few. […]

Moral Implications of Analytics and Cognitive Computing

As we look forward to the Stewards of Change symposium in a few weeks, I have been thinking about the challenges to using advanced analytics and cognitive computing to strengthen human services programs.  Of course, I am not alone.  Recently, academic and policy journals have published articles wrestling with the potential moral impact of predictive […]