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Thousands of professionals across programs, systems and domains regularly engage with the National Interoperability Collaborative for its unique cross-sector resources, webinars, projects and relationships. Hundreds of you, individually or through your organizations, are NIC members. In other words, we have succeeded in building the “community of networks” that we envisioned when we launched the NIC […]

A Transformation in Health IT Interoperability: Moving to a Person-Centered Focus

By Mary Kratz, Executive Vice President, Interoperability Institute The healthcare industry is undergoing a major transformation, not only vertically within the industry itself, but also horizontally in its intersections with other disciplines. And this change is happening – every day – as the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the pervasive impact of public health on schools, social […]

An Important New Initiative at the W3C Virtual Technical Plenary: Human Services Data Dictionaries! Join Us on Oct. 21.

By Eric Jahn Within many countries and across national borders, the internet is full of varying definitions or understandings for similar or even the same human services concepts. For example, the word “program” means different things in different circumstances and different sectors. The same is true for many common terms, even simple ones that we […]

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 […]