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ITCC offers executives, program managers, supervisors and case workers comprehensive training and an accredited certification. It is designed to teach you how to bridge program silos, expedite information-sharing, and manage effective organizational change. ITCC will be delivered via a state-of-the-art, online and self-paced learning system.
At our 12th Annual National Symposium, we were honored to be joined by Captain Juan Colon, NJ State Police and Office of the Attorney General, Office of Drug Addiction Control. Capt. Colon gave an outstanding presentation on the New Jersey Drug Monitoring Initiative (Fusion Center), which takes a holistic approach against heroin and opioid use/abuse though better information sharing.
Introduction: Philip J. Leaf, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with joint appointments in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Education, and Arts and Sciences
Author: Bill Hazel, MD, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy, George Mason University
For as many decades as I’ve been a conscious adult – which is quite a few decades now – most professionals dealing with people’s health and well-being have understood that sharing information across silos is critically important, both to improve outcomes for individuals and to address broader public health concerns. We understood it, but we didn’t do nearly enough about it.
As a result, in more ways than anybody can count, today we’re paying the price for our collective lack of action to breach those silos. A small, annoying example is that far too many patients still have to fill out the same forms with the same information every time they see another doctor (though this particular problem is getting better). A much-more-significant consequence, and the subject of this blog, is the largely ineffectual response to the worst public health emergency in modern American history: the opioid/heroin/fentanyl epidemic.
The National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) is designed to increase collaboration among the sectors that impact health and well-being by improving information-sharing, interoperability and the use of modern technology. NIC has made considerable progress since it was launched in June 2017 at the 12th Annual National Symposium of the Stewards of Change Institute.
SOCI and AcademyHealth are the organizational leaders of NIC, which is being built with $1.2 million in seed funding from The Kresge Foundation, with additional support from IBM, Microsoft and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The 12th Annual SOCI National Symposium, Taking Action During Disruptive Times: Advancing Progress on Innovation, Interoperability, and Technology in HHS, was held in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine on June 19 – 20, 2017. Please click “Read More” to learn about the Symposium program.
Stewards of Change Consulting provides services that support increased integration across all levels of government. For states and local jurisdictions contemplating such projects, and facing challenges in the areas of governance, confidentiality, and privacy, more information on SOCC’s work is available in this brief guide. Click “Read More” to learn about recent SOCC information-sharing and cross-boundary interoperability projects in Illinois, New York State, and in partnership with the National League of Cities.
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 Institute is proud to announce the publication of our latest White Paper, titled “Improving Processes and Practices in Child Welfare: Is Cognitive Computing Part of the Solution?” It is the result of extensive research, including a broad literature review and a series of roundtables around the U.S. with over 50 leaders and experts in the field. Its principal intent is to generate greater awareness about cognitive computing, so that child welfare officials can make better-informed decisions as they consider upgrading, modernizing or replacing their current information technology systems. The full paper is available to read or download here.
Cognitive computing already is transforming many industries, such as finance, travel, manufacturing, driverless vehicles and consumer products – and it is being successfully implemented in healthcare as well. Based on our research for this White Paper, which was underwritten by IBM, it seems clear that cognitive tools could also meaningfully improve operations and outcomes in child welfare and, more broadly, across the HHS ecosystem. For more information about applying cognitive computing in your organization, please contact Daniel Stein of Stewards of Change.