Business Intelligence and DSS HealthIT

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.


History and Background: Connecticut’s Health IT and Business Intelligence Initiatives



Project Notify – Adoption by DMHAS state-operated facilities
PHR deployment for all members that receive services at DSS
Clinical Viewer made available to clinicians
Community Health Record (Community Action Agencies – Coming soon)
Relation Registry


State and Town-level enrollment data is released

Predictive and Prescriptive Modeling of Data



Web-based care plan creation using the CCDA R 2.1 standard
Personal Health Record
Medicaid HIE Node
Processing QRDAs for Promoting Interoperability Program

Release of Enrollment Data at Open Data Portal



Provider Registry
Project eDurable Medical Equipment
Project Notify
Enterprise Master Person Index (EMPI)



Enterprise Master Person Index

DSS Establishes an agency wide Data Governance Committee

Jan. 2016 – DSS submits HIE Plan to the Secretary of OPM for approvalFinal Plan
Funding Brief
Feb. 2016 – Status Report and Plan: Health Information Technology/Health Information Exchange
Jun. 2016 – SIM HIT Council is dissolved
Approval for Project Notify and Enterprise Provider Registry
Jul. 2016 – PA- 16-77An 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 Counci 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)
Final Set of Charters
Interagency Agreement
Aug. 2015 – First Advisory Council meeting
DSS procures a solution to process QRDAs



January - DSS Established the Business Intelligence Competency Center

April – DSS procures SES as Health Information Service Provider (HISP)

Jun.2014 – HITE-CT is sunset (PA 14-217) 

Jul.2014 – PA-14-217-DSS responsible for state Health IT Plan development Legislation
PA 15-146 Meetings
Commissioner’s Communication
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
2007 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