Idea submitted by: Soori Kani
Initiate programs and policies to ensure that health information for foster children is shared more effectively among foster-parents, social services professionals, court system, and healthcare providers as children move through various care situations. Given the complex social and physical/mental health issues of children and youth in foster care, combined with the degree of shifting in placement and caregivers they experience, care coordination is exceptionally challenging for this vulnerable population.
The children and the foster care system have a lot to gain by engaging stakeholders to improve coordination through use of health IT solutions and services that facilitate communication and electronic up-keep of foster children’s health and well-being information.
The initial planning program will evaluate several areas including: current and past efforts aligned with this objective, impact of diversity in population composition and geographic areas, access to technology (mobile phones, computers, software applications, etc.), and challenges associated with the non-traditional access requirements due to frequently changing and extensive number of responsible parties.
The result of the program will be identification of required policy development or changes, options available and best practices for implementation, and a general blueprint and customizable process for states, counties, and municipalities.