Musings from Our 10th Annual Symposium – and Planning for Another Decade of Progress


Thursday, July 2, 2015
The title of last week’s 10th Anniversary Stewards of Change Symposium was quite a mouthful – “Harnessing the Power of Information Operability and Social Determinants to Advance Health and Wellness Integration” – but I’m very glad to report that it provided just the right focus and framing for the event. I’m even happier to report that many of our 100+ attendees left saying they were inspired by what they’d heard and learned – and, best of all, many said that the knowledge they acquired would enable them to make substantive improvements in their own organizations’ projects and practices.

Elementary, Dear Watson, the Symposium is about Change . . . and the Future


Friday, June 19, 2015
While preparing for the Stewards of Change 10th Anniversary National Symposium – which begins next Monday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore – SOCI President Daniel Stein met by phone a few days ago with IBM Global Business Consultant Joseph Fiorentino and Martin Duggan, who leads the IBM Curam Research Institute. Here are edited highlights of their conversation.

Daniel: Five years ago, when IBM first presented at our symposium about your supercomputer, Watson, some of the predictions about the future use of computing in the health and human services realm just blew me away. Can you talk a bit about the progress we’ve made and where you see us heading now?

It’s Health and (not or) Human Services!


Sunday, June 14, 2015
By Wade F. Horn, Ph.D.
Director
Deloitte Consulting LLP

With the 10th Annual Stewards of Change National Symposium just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a good bit about the presentation I’ll be giving there – and I’m excited by it. Here’s why: For more years than I’d care to admit, I’ve been arguing that one major reason we haven’t made more progress in improving the lives of Americans is because, in policy and practice at every level, we’ve too often acted as though HHS is an abbreviation for health or human services rather than health and human services.

Exciting Times Ahead: a Major Grant and our 10th Anniversary Symposium


Friday, May 29, 2015
It’s a bit hard to believe a year has passed since the last Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) national symposium, a memorable event at which about 100 invited thought leaders from across the nation explored “The Art of the Possible” at the intersection of interoperability and health and human services. It’s even harder – but wonderful and, frankly, inspiring – to recall  the good work we’ve been able to accomplish between the time of that symposium and the 10th Anniversary edition that will take place next month.

A Long View, Far Away


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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.

The Best Way to Predict the Future: Create It – Robert Wood Johnson Releases `Data for Health’


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Here’s what I know from having participated in the Health and Human Services Open DataFest II in California earlier this month: A large and growing number of professionals in HHS (and related fields) believe that more information and greater interoperability are vital components to improving the health and well-being of our country’s children, adults and communities. At least equally important, more and more of them are now actively engaged in making those objectives a broader, more concrete reality.

Increasing Transparency: Open DataFest II Set for March 16–17


Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Michael Wilkening
Undersecretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

Here at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), we are continuously working to strengthen existing programs and services and evaluate new approaches. As we work towards these goals, it is important that we make effective use of the data that we collect along the way.

With this goal in mind, we launched our Open Data PortalOur data already are advancing our efforts to increase transparency and support data-driven decision-making. We expect that this trend will continue and our data will assist government employees, companies and nonprofit foundations, among others, to make more informed decisions and result in better outcomes for those who rely on our programs.