Client(s): Connecticut Department of Public Health
Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Information Technology
Technical Expertise: Health Information Technology
In 2008, JSI was engaged by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access, to develop a state-wide health information technology plan. The goal of the Connecticut State Health IT Plan is to provide a secure, state-wide, interoperable health information infrastructure connecting providers, consumers, and others involved in supporting health care and the Connecticut health care system. When fully operational, the Connecticut Health Information Exchange will enable health information to follow the consumer, be available for clinical decision making, and support appropriate use of health care information beyond direct patient care to improve health.
The key elements of the project included multi-dimensional research including federal guidance associated with recommended best practices and technology standards as well as a review of experiences and lessons learned of similar initiatives in other states. JSI also conducted extensive stakeholder engagements in the form of surveys, one-on-one interviews, conference calls and focus groups. JSI also lead ongoing sessions with the Steering Committee to report on research and finding and to solicit feedback at key points in the Strategic Plan’s development. After submission and approval of iterative drafts, The Connecticut State Health IT Plan was accepted by the client and published on June 1, 2009.