Award recognizes health care collaboration

POULSBO — The executive director of Olympic Community of Health, which serves the North Olympic Peninsula, has been given the Health Innovator of the Year Award for Collaboration.

The award sponsored by the nonprofit Health Innovation NW was given to Elya Prystowsky on Thursday in Seattle.

Prystowsky received the award in recognition of her work in launching the Health Commons Project, a technology platform that connects health and social service agencies, allowing them to share the information needed to coordinate and track care as an integrated team.

The Health Commons Project is a communication network that digitally connects providers, allowing patients to receive “whole-person care”—or care that coordinated across the various providers.

For more information about it, see www.health commonsproject.org.

Olympic Community of Health is an Accountable Community of Health, one of nine in the state.

It serves Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties and is in the territorial lands of the sovereign nations of the Hoh, Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Makah, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Quileute, Quinault and Suquamish.

The board consists of leaders from tribal nations and health sectors within our region.

For more abut the agency, see www.olympicch.org.

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