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Multiple State Agencies Sign Data Sharing Agreement to Better Serve Needs of Oklahomans

Several Oklahoma government agencies have collaborated to develop protocols for data sharing with each other in an effort to improve the services they provide. The ability to share data will allow participating agencies to maximize their impact to the public, avoid duplication and waste and deliver programs that best meet the needs of Oklahomans.

“Accurate data allows us to more appropriately evaluate the effectiveness of our programs to meet the needs of Oklahomans and to ensure we are good stewards of the taxpayer’s monies,” said Terry Cline, Ph.D., Cabinet Secretary for Health and Human Services and Health Commissioner. “This agreement will move us in the right direction.”

The following agencies are taking part in the data sharing agreement:

Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS)
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)
Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC)
Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA)
Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA)
Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY)
Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

Long-term goals for this project include a focus on prevention to improve the quality of life of Oklahomans and minimize their need for future, more costly services.

An executive from each agency signed the data sharing agreement earlier this month; recognizing that collaboration is essential to achieving the goal of evaluating and improving outcomes for individuals who have touchpoints with multiple agencies.

Governance for the agreement will be provided by the Health and Human Services Cabinet Subcommittee D.I.S.C.U.S.S. (Deliver Interoperable Solution Components Utilizing Shared Services). The agreement includes specific instructions to make sure it complies with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and all state and federal laws regarding the sharing of private health information.

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