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Understanding Interoperability and Health Information Systems

Of all the social service sectors that are affected by the new trends towards interoperability (hint: all of them), healthcare is the one in which interoperable systems are most visible and have received the most publicity and public attention. This is largely because health information systems, specifically electronic health records (EHR), affect the …

Interoperability in Education: Improving Student Outcomes

Across the social service sector, two important trends are gaining widespread attention, both of which are crucial to improving interoperability in education. The first, which we talk about a lot, is technology, specifically how new technological developments can help organizations operate more efficiently and improve outcomes. The second trend is collaboration. …

Why Are Evidence-Based Practice Models Important?

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is becoming an integral part of the social service sector. However, there is also some controversy over whether evidence-based practice models are truly the best ones to invest in. Funders, particularly governmental agencies, seem to be coming down heavily in favor of EBP, but it is still worthwhile to consider both sides …

Community Impact and United Ways

The primary objective of a United Way is to create a healthier community by supporting programs and services that positively impact priority needs and urgent issues. As leaders in their respective communities, United Ways are charged with the task of making the most out of the efforts of the service providers and projects that they fund. They must be …