DSS: Bringing Together Health Information Technology in Connecticut

Bringing Together Health Information Technology and Business Intelligence
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This webpage is intended to provide you with an overview of the many Health Information Technology (HealthIT) initiatives underway.  Our goal is to keep information on this site current so all stakeholders are informed about current endeavors, as well as planned HealthIT initiatives.  Our primary goal in the HealthIT arena is to adopt and advance the use of national standards that support secure data exchanges and enhance interoperability across health care organizations.
Jun. 2016 – SIM HIT Council is dissolved
Jul. 2016 – PA- 16-77 An Act Concerning Patient Notices, Designation of a Health Information Technology Officer, Assets Purchased for the State-Wide Health Information Exchange and Membership of the State Health Information Technology Advisory Council
Legislation – Public Act 16-77 
Jul. 2016 – OPM Secretary approves implementation of Provider Registry and alert notification for DSS.
Jul.  2015 – PA 15-146 - DSS authorized to implement a statewide HIE.
Legislation - PA 15-146
Aug. 2015 – DSS releases Health IT Governance Plan (PA 14-217)
Aug. 2015 – First Advisory Council meeting
Meeting dates -
      i.   October 15, 2014
      ii.  November 19, 2014
      iii.  December 17, 2014
      iv. January 21, 2015
      v.  February 18, 2015
      vi. March 18, 2015
Resulting report, CT HealthIT Strategic and Operational Plan for Governance, was a result of a multi-agency workgroup effort that identified a vision,
“empowers individuals and health resource providers by ensuring access to information necessary to achieve better health outcomes.”    
Dec. 2014 – CMS awards $45M to Office of the Healthcare Advocate for the State Innovation Model $10.7 M earmarked for Health IT and 1.9 M in state bond funds  
Jan.  2011 – Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut (HITE-CT) begins operation
Apr.  2010 – ONC awards $7.29M to DPH to create a statewide HIE
Jun. 2010 – PA 10-117 - HITE-CT created
Sep. 2010 – DPH submits Strategic and Operational Health IT Plan to ONC
Feb. 2009 – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act enacted
Jun.  2009 – Dept. of Public Health (DPH) lead HIT agency and forms HITEAC (PA 09-232)
Jul.   2009 – DPH publishes CT Health IT Plan
Oct.  2009 – DPH establishes HITEAC
CMS awards $5.0M to Department of Social Services (DSS) to implement Medicaid Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Electronic Prescribing system (eRx)
June 2007 – PA 07-2 - DPH to develop a statewide Health IT Plan
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
HITEAC Health Information Technology & Exchange Advisory Council
ONC Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Connecticut SIM Model Test Proposal available at:
Connecticut’s Plan to establish a statewide HIE, Plan submitted by DSS to Sec. OPM on January 4, 2016.

Contact Person:

Minakshi Tikoo, PhD, MBI, MS, MSc
Director, Business Intelligence & Shared Analytics
HHS HIT Coordinator
55 Farmington Avenue, Dept. of Social Services, Hartford, CT