State Innovation Model Resource Center

The SIM Initiative provides financial and technical support to states to design and test innovative, state-based multi-payer health care delivery and payment system reform.

This comprehensive set of tools provide technical support and expertise to SIM states, and can be leveraged to support health IT innovation in care delivery and payment systems. ONC is committed to supporting all states to work towards the adoption of health IT and promote exchange and interoperability so that information is available where and when it matters.

The resources found here are the result of a partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop specialized technical assistance as well as comprehensive online health IT tools and resources for State Innovation Model (SIM) awardees.

Delivery System Reform Resources for States

As healthcare continues its transformation to a value-based system, effective care coordination is essential in helping patients find and access high-quality service providers as well as ensuring that appropriate information flows between providers at each point of care. Explore the resources below to learn more about how health IT can optimize care coordination and advance delivery system transformation efforts in your state.

Interoperability Resources

Advancing health IT interoperability is a key element in transforming the health care system into one that provides better care, smarter spending and healthier people. The following resources serve to better inform states about interoperability, describe ONC’s vision for interoperability, and encourage state engagement in interoperability advancement activities. 

Privacy and Security Resources

Patient privacy and information security are critical components of a well-functioning healthcare environment. While health IT offers a number of potential benefits, it also poses new challenges and opportunities for safeguarding protected health information. This section provides helpful resources to assist states with their health IT privacy and security matters, including compliance with federal policies and regulations. 


Communicating with Patients about Privacy and Security

Other State and Federal Privacy Law Initiatives

Alerting and Clinical Messaging Resources

Alerting and Clinical Messaging enabled through health IT allows for better-informed providers, improved response times, and electronically documented transactions, thereby enhancing staff awareness and ultimately better patient care interactions. Follow the resources below to learn more about engaging your state in these activities.

ID Management Resources

Identifying patients consistently and correctly is a key element in enhancing patient safety and reducing the risk of adverse events. As healthcare moves toward a more connected system of electronic information exchange, matching records to the correct person becomes increasingly complicated. The following resources offer best practices for states to ensure accurate patient identification in their care settings.

Patient-Centered Care Planning Tools

Patient-centered care improves patients’ clinical outcomes and satisfaction rates by improving the quality of the provider-patient relationship while also minimizing unnecessary medical activities. Explore the resources below to learn more about how providers in your state can utilize health IT to deliver better patient-centered care. 

Behavioral Health Integration Resources

Patients who require physical and/or behavioral health services have a unique need for integrated care, which requires potentially complicated coordinated information sharing among various providers and care settings. Explore the resources below to learn more about how Health IT can facilitate necessary care coordination to improve both patient experience and treatment outcomes for this population.

Provider Directory Resources
Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Resources
Additional Resources