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ISM leaders attend APHSA Policy summit, visit John Cuddy.

Many of the ISM Executive Committee members attended the APHSA Policy Council meeting held in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 7-8. Included in the agenda was a presentation by Rick Howard, the Oregon Health Authority/Department of Human Services' chief information officer and the ISM regional representative for Region 10, on the need to adopt a national health and human services business architecture. State and local agency CEOs who attended gave very positive feedback--they clearly understood the problem that their agencies face in terms of how a fragmented technology environment is a barrier to improving service delivery coordination. More important, they grasped the concept that developing a national HHS business architecture could facilitate federal cost allocation reform for state and local IT funding and lead to person-centric systems of care. More information on the need for a national Business Reference Model can be found on the ISM web site at http://www.aphsa-ism.org

While in Portland, the ISM Executive Committee also took the opportunity on Sunday to visit former ISM president, John Cuddy, at his home in Salem. John is recovering there from a broken neck suffered in a fall. He was in great spirits and really enjoyed the visit from his friends; the prognosis is for a complete recovery.

Recently appointments to the ISM organization by Mary Ellen Bennard, the ISM president are Member at Large: Darlene Thomas, CIO, WV Department of Health and Human Resources, a former ISM Region 3 representative. Thomas will head the ISM Annual Recognition Awards Program; Region 3 Representative: Terry Shuchart, Insurance/Aging CIO, PA Department of Public Welfare, former PA state representative; and Illinois state representative: Doug Kasamis, CIO, IL Department of Human Services.

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Title Annotation:affiliates' corner; American Public Human Services Association
Publication:Policy & Practice
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Date:Feb 1, 2010
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