We provide a uniquely informed starting point for improving outcomes for children, families and communities by regularly convening thought leaders and distilling the latest
thinking about human service integration and interoperability.
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Human Services 2.0
Through innovative and customized consulting processes and hands-on training
workshops, we mesh consumer-centric insight with proven business and technology
practices to drive cross-program and cross-agency linkages among federal, state,
county and nonprofit organizations.
To support federal, state, and county leaders we research and collect
outstanding examples of innovative and emerging interoperability efforts
nationwide and make them readily available to the community.
Author: Shell Culp, Chief Innovation Officer, Stewards of Change
I’ve noticed recently that articles and blogs on Application Programming Interfaces (API) for Health Information Technology are beginning to trickle out in the media, and proclamations of the API as the “key” to unlock interoperability of health systems and data are building. And it’s about time, but it seems somewhat pale in view of the activity “across the pond”. Over here in the US, thousands of miles away from the European Union (EU), it’s easy to miss what is happening there, and it seems useful to review what the EU is doing and why.
For more than a couple of years now, the EU has been investing in the “Future Internet” and shaping how that phenomenon will eventuality work as an economic engine of the EU. Using a model that is similar to the “civic technologist” model (with code-a-thons, and challenges with cash prizes), the EU has developed an initiative that is being used to build important components of both technology infrastructure and strategic development in other sectors – including health and social policy.
Stewards of Change Institute is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Symposium: Harnessing the Power of Information Interoperability and Social Determinants to Advance Health and Wellness Integration. This special anniversary event will be held on June 22 – 24, 2015 in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Medicine and the Institute for Health and Social Policy. For more information on SOC 10, please contact Michael Kerr. Highlights of the 9th Annual Symposium are linked here.
Stewards of Change Institute – in partnership with the California Health & Human Services Agency and with the support of the California Healthcare Foundation – was honored to host the second annual California HHS Open DataFest. Go to our youtube channel to view session videos from the Symposium!
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The Illinois Framework Project, with support from Stewards of Change Consulting, recently released Establishing Governance for Health and Human Services Interoperability Initiatives, a handbook for states and local jurisdictions contemplating interoperability projects. Please visit the Illinois Framework website to learn more about the Governance project.
For leaders seeking new approaches and methodologies to move their organizations toward interoperable and integrated information resources, we are very pleased to offer HS 2.0: Getting Started on the Road to Interoperability.
Author: Daniel Stein
Stewards of Change partnered with the National League of Cities (NLC) to produce a toolkit and a webinar titled “Sharing Data for Better Results.” The interactive toolkit, which you can download at no charge, summarizes information on federal data-sharing laws and regulations. Its purpose is to help local elected officials, agency leaders and city staff use integrated data to improve services, while respecting the privacy of residents. In the report, we provide an array of cases and resources for breaking down “silos” to improve processes and outcomes but – most important – providing real-life, on-the-ground examples from several jurisdictions around the country showing that the theory, in practice, really works.
For a quick glance at Stewards of Change Consulting services that support increased integration and information-sharing at all levels of government, please review this short guide.
For more information on case studies, follow this link to Stewards of Change confidentiality resources from the NLC work, ACF, and the States of Illinois and New York.
California HHS Open DataFest II:
Damon Davis, Director, Health Data Initiative, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Click here to view Mr. Davis’ slide presentation.