Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) and AcademyHealth re using $1.2 million in seed funding from the Kresge Foundation to create a “community of networks” that brings broad benefits, particularly for at-risk and underserved members of society.
Building on existing networks, NIC:
- Convenes key stakeholders, in person and virtually, to share information and provide feedback.
- Identifies best practices through an environmental scan of interoperability guidance and toolkits.
- Develops core measures and builds evidence to describe successful interoperability initiatives.
- Provides case studies and technical assistance on health crises such as the opioid epidemic.
- Offers SOCI’s InterOptimability Training Curriculum and Certification (ITCC) program.
- Disseminates information and recommendations, including through an online community portal.
NIC’s inaugural partners are the California Health and Human Services Agency; the Connecticut Department of Social Services; the Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources; and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). SOCI and AcademyHealth are engaging those working on interoperability issues from across sectors including health, human services, education, criminal justice, and child welfare, among others that impact health.