Welcome to Project Unify

Project Unify is a proof-of-concept implementation and architecture initiative launched by the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC). Its purpose is to demonstrate ways to enable and advance secure, responsible information sharing across Health, Human Services, Education and other domains (Housing, Courts, Child Welfare, etc.). The project is being conducted by NIC’s Let’s Get Technical group and multiple vendor and consulting partners who are contributing in a variety of ways to further this transformative work. Read more >>

Weekly Meetings & Project Unify Workgroups

Please contact Amanda Taylor if you would like to join one of the Project Unify workgroups (highlighted in blue in the navigation bar above) or participate in the weekly Project Unify meetings.


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Project Unify Overview of Demos

Project Unify proofs-of-concepts technical demonstrations are driven by the requirements identified by the various user stories that are articulated in the Thomson family Scenario. The user stories explore various real-world challenges faced by members of this hypothetical family and can be extrapolated more broadly to other under-resourced, under-served vulnerable individuals, families, households, and populations. We have increased the complexity of each of demos to include more components that will impact interoperability and the information that needs to be exchanged. Future demonstrations will include many of the same systems, but also incorporate information from school systems, child welfare systems, legal services, and/or the justice system (courts). Click on each demo below to learn more.



Implementing NAA's Recommendations

Almost 200 people attended the virtual National Action Agenda Symposium on January 25-26, 2021, sponsored by Stewards of Change Institute in partnership with Stanford University’s Center for Population Health Sciences. The event centered on six action recommendations devised by subject matter experts, researchers, technologists and other professionals nationwide during the past year.

SOCI is initially focusing on implementation of two of those recommendations with the Integrated Care for Kids project in New Jersey. We are working with InCK to implement Project Unify (described above) and to develop a “Consent to Share Utility.” C2SU’s intent is to simplify and automate the process by which people give (or don’t give) their approval for the exchange of their sensitive or personal information in the health, mental health and education domains, among others. Read more about SOCI's work with InCK >>


2020 Collection of Project Unify User Stories
The 2020 collection of Project Unify User Story summaries have been released! Each summary explores a particular challenge in cross-domain interoperability and integration. The entire series follows the Thomson family through the trials and tribulations of their difficult lives, and the community and societal help they need to survive. Each story has been or will be developed in more complete detail as needed for demonstrations. (For example, the 2019 MITA-TAC Adult Opioid Story was fully developed as a detailed, five-page user story.) View the summaries >>


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Design objectives for a 'minimally viable ethics': ensuring agency and accountability in data exchange

Hi there – I can't make the call today so I'm sharing this summary of months of dialogue and discovery. Assuming that "Do no harm" should be a first principle to guide this work, there are important ethical consideration that are NOT fully addressed by topics of security, regulatory compliance, or even traditional notions of "privacy" and consent. This is especially true given the prospect of integrating complex systems in ways that can collapse contexts and make possible new, unanticipated…

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