Human services data standards: Current progress and future vision in crisis response

Nancy Shank, Brian Sokol, Michelle Hayes, Cristina Vetrano

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Interorganizational coordination is crucial among human services providers responsible for responding to both personal and widespread crises. Too often, however, agencies providing disaster relief, shelter, and connection to other social service systems operate in information silos. Moreover, organizations that assist the same people may be duplicating services or ineffectively providing services to those in need. In the past, there has been no easy way for human service organizations to share information about clients, resources, and services. Over the last decade, distinct initiatives have begun to standardize data collection, storage, and transmission standards within human service domains. This paper describes several human services standards currently in use or under development in the United States and discusses how each support distinct, yet related, human service information management during disasters. The paper concludes with a call for the development of an overarching human services data interoperability standard.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
Pages352-361
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780615206974
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Event5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2008 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: May 4 2008May 7 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Other

Other5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2008
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period5/4/085/7/08

Keywords

  • AIRS
  • CAN
  • Data standards
  • Disaster
  • HMIS
  • Homeless
  • Human services
  • Information and referral
  • Interoperability
  • XML

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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    Shank, N., Sokol, B., Hayes, M., & Vetrano, C. (2008). Human services data standards: Current progress and future vision in crisis response. In Proceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (pp. 352-361). (Proceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management). Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM.