As National Health IT Week Begins, a Glass Half Full and Rising: SOCI Embarks on Major New Project in CA, Forms New Collaborations

By Daniel Stein, President, SOC Institute, and Co-P.I., National Interoperability Collaborative   “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin The founders of Stewards of Change (including yours truly) didn’t know about that Benjamin Franklin quote when we launched our startup in 2004; intuitively, however, […]

Taking a Deeper Dive: Getting to Yes on Privacy and Confidentiality

By Ivy Pool, Senior Consultant, Stewards of Change Institute In times of shrinking budgets and increasing need, it is imperative that health and human service providers deliver efficient and cost-effective public services. Through the creation of new service delivery models centered on data integration and systems interoperability, providers can to reduce service delivery costs and […]

When It Comes to Collaboration, Sectors Emphasize Technical Aspects Over Cultural Ones

In a review of technical documents and toolkits on interoperability, what we found was almost as interesting as what we didn’t. By Margo Edmunds, Ph.D., Vice President for Evidence Generation and Translation, AcademyHealth All across the country, health and human services programs are making connections to provide more coordinated approaches to improving health and well-being in […]

Connecting the Dots: NIC . . . the Kresge Foundation . . . and the Road to Better Health and Well-being

By Daniel Stein, President, Stewards of Change Institute One of the underpinnings of our work at the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) is the understanding that “people constantly navigate multiple, interconnected systems — from education, transportation and employment to health, housing and human services — that shape their opportunities.” There are quote marks around the truism […]

NIC’s California Symposium: Cross-Sector Collegiality, Lots of Learning, and 140 Thank-Yous

The National Interoperability Collaborative’s first major event, “A Symposium in the NIC of Time: Information-Sharing across California and Beyond,” took place March 26-27 in West Sacramento. When we started planning the event several months ago, we set two primary goals. First, we wanted to put together a convening that would be interactive and genuinely informative […]

Showtime for NIC: Opportunities to Link, Learn and Lead

For nine months, the building of the National Interoperability Collaborative has mainly taken place behind the scenes, with the kinds of activities any new enterprise has to conduct to move forward – things like creating a charter and organizational materials, planning strategy and shaping relationships, and of course, starting to do the work that NIC […]

Preventing the Next School Shooting: Information-Sharing Could Play a Key Role

There is every reason to believe that keeping guns away from people who are violent and have anti-social tendencies will, at the very least, reduce the number of mass-shooting fatalities.  It can be logically concluded that steps like universal background checks would have the desired effect.  However much we would all be elated to find […]