Learning Library

Our Learning Library is intended as a virtual resource center where professionals can go for a broad range of information relating to interoperability, information-sharing and the six domains in which NIC primarily works: human services, education, public health, public safety, health information technology and emergency services. We have vetted and aggregated numerous studies, guidance documents and other materials, which can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy access and use – and we will add resources continually over time. The Learning Library is available to all professionals interested in the subject matter.

To make the Learning Library as robust and beneficial as possible, we welcome recommendations of relevant content that users encounter elsewhere, that they have produced themselves or that they are already utilizing. Please fill out and submit the form below to provide your suggestions and comments, or send an email to info@stewardsofchange.org.

10-17-2018 Case Study

Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy Case Study 3: Medical Marijuana as a Strategy to Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths? Lessons from a Study of State Medical Marijuana Laws

A 2013 study that addressed the question, “Is legalizing medical marijuana an effective policy to reduce the rising tide of drug overdose deaths?”, through the comparison of overdose death rate trends in states that implemented medical marijuana laws and states that did not. The findings showed that states with a medical marijuana law had a mean 24.8% lower opioid overdose mortality rates.

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10-17-2018 Publication

Procuring Interoperability: Achieving High-Quality, Connected, and Person-Centered Care

“Economic incentives have driven the evolution of a health system that is frag-
mented, inefficient, and ineffective in matching identified needs with available
resources. The result is health care expenditures that are highest in the world
coupled with system-wide performance that ranks far below most other countries with similar economic profiles.” The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, implemented a project that focuses on potential health and health care improvement by addressing pervasive fragmentation in the United States’ health care system. Through the engagement of expert stakeholders, they explored different procurement approaches that health care systems can take to activate organizational demand for system-wide interoperability, specifically digital interoperability. The goal, on the behalf of all people and their health, is comprehensive data interoperability through the use of digital tools that interface seamlessly and deliver data in a trusted network.

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The Transitions Clinic Network (TCN)

TCN is a national network of medical homes that provides comprehensive patient-centered primary care for the re-entry of prisoners with chronic diseases. Each clinic involved in the program has atleast one community health worker on staff with a history of incarceration. The goal of each Transition Clinic Orogram is to assist this vulnerable population with re-entry into their lives and communities.

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10-04-2018 Report

Utah vs. UDOH Interoperability Assessment Report

The Utah Department of Public Health (UDOH) has many ongoing projects that support the collection, storage, and use of individual and population-based data to support public health functions. The purpose UDOH’s interoperability and integration profile project is to capture and assess the state’s current public health information systems and to assess functionality, barriers and opportunities for modern systemic interoperability.

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