Resources: Health information technology

Welcome to the SIM health informaiton technology (HIT) resource page. This page comprises HIT resources for care teams that will help your team succeed with integrating physical and behavioral health in primary care settings and succeed with alternative payment models. Also be sure to check out the practice management, patient engagement and population health resources page for more tools that will help your practice succeed.

This page will continue to be updated through July 31, 2019 so be sure to check back again soon!


eCQM solution

Providers are encouraged to apply today for the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) solution that helps them extract eCQMs once and report them to several approved entities. The solution, which is funded by the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), will help practices succeed with alternative payment models and reduce the provider burden of reporting. SIM practices can apply for phase 2 now. SIM is a federally funded, governor’s office initiative that helps practices integrate physical and behavioral health and gain the skills they need to succeed with APMs.


Increasing access to broadband

Adequate broadband capacity, including proper redundancies, are essential for providers to take advantage of technologies like telehealth, health information exchange, unified communications and cloud services, which help them coordinate care. However, many healthcare providers, especially those in rural areas of the state, lack adequate broadband capacity to effectively leverage new technologies in ways that transform healthcare delivery and outcomes. SIM has helped 300 practices sites (both SIM practices and non-SIM practices) take advantage of the Federal Communications Commission’s Healthcare connect fund to gain/expand access to broadband through a partnership with the Colorado Telehealth Network.


e-Consult expansion

SIM is investing $500,000 in e-Consults to build capacity within the provider community and increase patient access to specialty care in rural, frontier and underserved areas of the state. E-Consults enable health care providers to consult remotely with specialists through secure platforms to exchange health information and discuss patient care. Typically, e-Consults initiated in primary care settings and physicians involved in the consultations send written reports to a patient's treating/requesting provider with recommended treatments or referrals for care delivery. SIM funds will help the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Mind Springs Health develop implementation plans to expand their e-Consult programs. Implementation plans will address program vision, alignment with organizational needs, governance and staffing models, workflow design, information technology, sustainability and program management. Development of these plans will support future growth beyond the initiative's time frame. Stay tuned - more information coming soon!


Stratus™

Data was updated in Stratus™ on May 30 and included the following payers: Anthem, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, United, Cigna and Medicaid. Medicare data for practices participating in SIM are expected to be updated the first week of June. This is the final Stratus™ update for SIM-only practices, which will have their licenses deactivated June 30. The SIM office encourages practices to take advantage of this opportunity and use the data available within Stratus™ before licenses are deactivated. Dual SIM/CPC+ and CPC+ only practices will continue to have access to Stratus™, as health plans have committed to support practices participating in CPC+ with Stratus™ until the end of that initiative in 2022. If you have any questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Mattes, SIM data management specialist. Click here to log into your Stratus™ account and learn more about Stratus™.


Colorado Broadband Office

The Colorado Broadband Office leads a statewide effort to expand broadband coverage and quality for all Coloradans. Access to affordable and reliable broadband service is critical to advancing Colorado’s economic growth and competitiveness. High-speed broadband can create new jobs and attract new industries, expand markets for new and existing businesses, enable better access educational opportunities and resources, facilitate the delivery of healthcare services, and support public safety. Broader deployment of broadband infrastructure and services will improve the quality of life for Coloradans and support the state’s global economic competitiveness.


Colorado Office of eHealth Innovation

The Office of eHealth Innovation was formed as a direct result of a consensus between public and private stakeholders on the need of Health IT governance. This group of stakeholders formed the Health IT State Designated Entity Action Committee and helped define the purpose of OeHI as a State Designated Entity (SDE). The Office of eHealth Innovation is responsible for defining, maintaining, and evolving Colorado's Health IT strategy concerning care coordination, data access, healthcare integration, payment reform and care delivery. 

SIM podcasts

Note: If you are unable to play any of the podcasts below, click here for a list of all SIM podcasts with download links.