Data Sharing and the Law

Workshop Proceedings: Deep Dive on Consent Data sharing initiatives can be hyper-local, but they are all subject to the same federal laws regarding privacy and consent. Working through Data Sharing Consent or Release of Information forms can be almost frightening in this highly regulated landscape. During a Deep Dive workshop at the 2018 All In: Data for Community Health National Meeting, attorneys from the Network for Public Health Law explored when consent may or may not be the key to shar...
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Unlocking the Value of Data Sharing Series

A Look Across Five Sectors This series of papers provides an overview and framework for reaching out to stakeholders or potential partners from other sectors that may share your interest in collaborating and sharing data to improve community health. Knowing your audience will help your collaboration craft a successful and productive outreach strategy, strengthen your partnerships, and ensure ongoing sustainability by clearly defining and articulating the value of sharing data across sectors. ...
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DASH Bright Spot: Partnering with Managed Care Organizations to Share Data for Community Health Improvement

Health departments are increasingly recognizing that managed care organizations (MCOs) can be critical allies in working collaboratively to share key data and understand health outcomes and health care service utilization in their communities. The Allegheny County Health Department is one example of a public health agency that has forged successful partnerships with MCOs in order to work towards shared population health goals. Allegheny County Health Department leveraged its existing partners...
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DASH Bright Spot: A Legal Approach to Sharing Health & Education Data

Data sharing partnerships between health and education sectors can help both parties work toward a common vision of improving students' well-being. Although the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) can sometimes discourage communities from taking action, one Chicago collaboration developed a proactive data sharing and services agreement that eliminates common roadblocks to implementing health programs in schools while protecting students' privacy. Motivated by the desire to move proj...
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Health Care Data 101

The DASH National Program Office developed this informational guide to provide an overview of common terms used when discussing health care data to promote a shared vocabulary across sectors. Given the diversity and complexity in health care data systems, this guide serves as a starting point for non-health sector professionals who want to further investigate the health care data available in their local communities and consider how to best leverage it to tackle priorities identified by multi-se...
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Webinar: Big Cities, Big Data, Big Lessons! Leveraging Multi-Sector Data in Public Health to Address Social Determinants of Health

This webinar featured four community collaborations, led by health departments, working to integrate data from sectors that influence individual and community health, such as housing, education, social service, economic development, and safety. These health departments include the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, Allegheny County Health Department, Baltimore City Health Department, and Public Health Seattle & King County. Each panelist discussed how they are accessing, ...
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Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health

A new report from the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health, is a roadmap for how to overcome perceived barriers to using electronic health data for public health activities. HIPAA is often considered an impediment to sharing health data between health systems and public health departments, but this report outlines the legal underpinnings for data sharing and provides illustrative examples of constructive use...
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Issue Brief: Coordinated Whole-Person Care that Addresses Social Determinants of Health

To achieve better health outcomes at a lower cost, clinical and social service providers increasingly need access to information reflecting the social determinants of health—such as employment, housing, and education—as they have a profound impact on health. This brief focuses on five projects funded by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) that are developing the data infrastructure to support models of coordinated care across medical and community services. The desired outcome of these mode...
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Webinar: Master Person Indexes: A Tool for Population Health Management

Master Person Indexes (MPIs) help maintain consistent, accurate person data across various health care and community organizations, making them a powerful tool for population health management. To generate a better understanding of how MPIs are used in practice, All In: Data for Community Health and the California Health Care Safety Net Institute hosted a webinar featuring experts from two communities who share considerations for using and developing MPIs and discuss methodologies and tools for ...
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Webinar: Developing Data Systems for Care Coordination Using Patient-Centered Approaches

This All In project showcase webinar features two project teams developing a system that integrates data from sectors such as medical, behavioral, social services, and education to improve care coordination for special needs populations. Children's Comprehensive Care Clinic is working to build a customized tool while Altair is working with a health information exchange. Speakers: Aaron Seib, CEO, National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) Rahel Berhane, MD, Medical Director, Chi...
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