On Friday, Nov. 6, over 125 participants joined our webinar to learn about the progress we’re making on Project Unify, NIC’s proof-of-concept implementation initiative. Members of our Let’s Get Technical group led a conversation and provided an update on Unify, including its integral role in our latest initiative, the National Action Agenda to Advance Upstream Social Determinants and Health Equity.
The webinar presentation, featuring leaders of NIC's Let's Get Technical Team Brian Handspicker and Eric Jahn, charted Project Unify's progress and roadmapped the next several months. Additionally, the LGT team demonstrated some exciting new developments in connecting multiple systems.
Mary Kratz, EVP of the Interoperability Institute, wrote the blog we shared before this webinar. Please review this important and insightful contribution to the Project Unify work.
Also, a video recording of the webinar and the slide deck have been shared via the buttons above.
Here’s a glimpse of the content of Project Unify, elements of which we’ll be rolling out over the coming months.
- December 8-10, 2020 - Single-Parent SDOH (Healthcare to Human Services to Housing Interoperability)
- January 8, 2021 - Single-Parent Behavioral Health (Child Welfare to Human Services to Healthcare Interoperability)
- February 12, 2021 - Partial Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) (Education to Child Welfare to Human Services to Healthcare Interoperability)
- March 16-17, 2021 - Full InCK (Education to Child Welfare to Human Services to Healthcare to Courts Interoperability)
About the Presenters:
Daniel Stein, President of the Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI), and Co-Principal Investigator for the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC)
Daniel Stein is President of the Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI), a unique not-for-profit think tank and advocacy/implementation organization. He is also Co-Principal Investigator for the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC), a new “Community of Networks” initiative led by SOCI and AcademyHealth. For over a decade, Stein has been a thought-leader, educator, consultant and advocate in promoting and implementing interoperability and information-sharing by working nationally in the private and public sectors – at the local, state and federal levels – to instigate systemic change. Through the Stewards of Change Consultancy, which is the implementation arm of SOCI, Stein also has provided his expertise and experience nationally to create the strategies, operational regimes, tools, trainings and materials needed to achieve tangible results and fulfill the Institute’s mission.
Eric Jahn , CTO, HSLynk
Eric has been working to enable human services web interoperability since 2002, participating in the development of numerous human services web data standards. Moreover, open source implementation of these standards continues to be a primary focus of his work, to create sustainable, transparent, and maintainable resources for communities to better serve the public. hslynk.com is his latest effort: an open source human services Platform as a Service, for powering a marketplace of real-time human services apps. Eric received a Masters in Public Administration from The Mark Hatfield School of Government in Portland, Oregon, and a BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Brian D. Handspicker, CTO, Open City Labs, Inc.
Brian is a subject matter expert on mapping and modeling of information between clinical healthcare standards and non-clinical information domains such as human services, education and justice. He specializes in secure and private exchange of sensitive and personally identifying information (PII). Brian is actively involved in current interoperability standards efforts, including the National Action Agenda, National Interoperability Collaborative Project Unify, Project Gravity (SDOH) Technical Advisors Committee, CAQH Core V, W3C Human Services, and NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC). Brian is Chief Technology Officer for Open City Labs (OCL). OCL delivers interoperable community exchange for human services and health service information.