Data Sharing in Times of Crisis: Responsible Data Use Playbooks

By Natalie Michelle Evans Harris See the original post on Medium. For years my mantra has been, “I just want to see data used to transform lives.” Little did I know that in 2020, the world would need data to save lives and livelihoods. Responsible data use and data sharing has always been capable of saving […]

SOCI Issue Brief – Interoperability Insights: Demonstrating the Need and the Benefits of Connecting Health and Human Services

By Brian Handspicker The Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) has just released an important new Issue Brief, to which I contributed research and writing, titled “Interoperability Insights: Demonstrating the Need and the Benefits of Connecting Health and Human Services.” This paper examines the technical aspects of interoperability required to support integrated care and case management […]

The Pandemic Puts More Children at Risk of Abuse. Where’s the Aid for Them?

By Adam Pertman, Senior Consultant to SOCI, Coordination and Communications Director of NIC. The coronavirus crisis has put children in foster care – and those who need to be there – at serious risk in numerous, unnerving ways. To date, however, they and their families have barely been mentioned as potential victims of the pandemic, and […]

National Interoperability Collaborative Wins Three Prestigious Davey Awards

By Sondes Ben Chagra, Digital Communications and Online Community Manager, Stewards of Change Institute and National Interoperability Collaborative Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) is proud to announce that our primary initiative, the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC), has received three Silver awards from the 2019 International Davey Awards. This prestigious competition “honors the best in Web, Design, […]

Improving Health and Human Services: It’s About Making Connections

By Daniel Stein, President, Stewards of Change Institute | Co-P.I., National Interoperability Collaborative The 11th Annual Connected Health Conference | October 16-18 | Boston, MA When I first saw the title of this week’s Connected Health Conference, “Designing for Healthy Habits and Better Outcomes,” I was delighted. After all, Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) has […]

Illustrating Interoperability: From San Diego to Chicago … and Beyond!

By Adam Pertman The annual Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference is always a great place to share ideas, learn about new initiatives and technologies, network with federal and state officials and engage with industry leaders from across the country. This year’s MESC – which took place in Chicago last week – was no exception.  I’m gratified […]

Innovative Information-Sharing: Administrative Data as a Strategic Asset

By The Pew Charitable Trusts Every day, state governments make decisions that affect their citizens’ lives. They determine which policies to enact and which problems to address. They establish how programs should be run and where budget dollars are best spent, as well as who qualifies for government assistance. To effectively serve the public, officials […]

A New Kresge Grant and a Renewed Commitment to Equity and Interoperability

By Daniel Stein, President, Stewards of Change Institute and Co-P.I., NIC   Support for any nonprofit organization, at its core, is about belief. Belief that the organization has the right vision, the right approach, the right people to get the job done. So when we learned this week that the Kresge Foundation is awarding a […]

It’s Time to Add Prevention to the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic; New Playbook Focuses on 11 Replicable Strategies to `Go Upstream’

By Daniel Stein and Paul Wormeli There are countless ways to demonstrate the horror of our nation’s opioid crisis, from raw numbers (over 47,600 opioid-related deaths in 2017) to records set (fatal overdoses now exceed vehicular deaths) to OMG descriptions of the drugs’ toxicity. A couple of recent examples: During a routine traffic stop last […]