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A Masters in Hard Knocks: The True story of open data sharing in Austin/Travis County, TX

A Masters in Hard Knocks: The True story of open data sharing in Austin/Travis County, TX

September 23, 2018 2018 Fall Conference

A Masters in Hard Knocks: The True story of open data sharing in Austin/Travis County, TX

In the beginning, no one shared anything with anybody for any reason. Today, we have an open system; with the exception of a few HIPAA agencies and our Runaway and Homeless Youth provider, all data is shared among the entire community by default, and clients routinely give us permission to share with outside agencies in our common pursuit of stable housing. Follow the four-year journey to full sharing and peer with us into the future. Explore the competing necessities of privacy protections and collaborative cooperation. How do you include Victim Service Providers? Are you willing to sacrifice efficiency? What a long strange trip it’s been, but we kept on truckin’ and now we face the eyes of the world. Implementations, Innovations, and Best Practices Beginner to Intermediate “Given a privacy minded continuum of care and a Homeless Mangement Information System capable of controlling data sharing, the learners will be able to:

1. Explain to skeptical contributory HMIS organization staff the value of data sharing,
2. Create community consensus of what level of data sharing they are willing to support
3. Devise a roll-out plan for increased data sharing,
4. protect client information from disclosure and agency staff from legal jeopardy,
5. Review progress and evaluate whether further data sharing is warranted and justifiable.

 

Richard L. Dodson, HMIS Administrator, ECHO – Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (Austin, TX)

Richard Dodson began his HMIS career providing technical training to the Austin/Travis County TX HMIS users and assisting with administrative tasks in 2010. He became the HMIS Administrator in 2012 and has assisted in guiding the Continuum of Care and lead agencies into more and better usage of data in building a system that houses thousands of people per year. In the 8 years he has been involved in HMIS, our community has found a way to responsibly share client data so as to facilitate their journey from homelessness to stable housing.

 

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