ONC Launches Digital Health Resource Center For State Innovators


In December 2014, the CMS Innovation Center announced that it would disperse $644 million in new funding to states participating in its State Innovation Models Initiative. The program was created and funded under ARRA along with the Meaningful Use program, and was tasked with testing new innovative care delivery models that cross both public and private payers, as well as practices and health systems, and that meaningfully reduce the cost of care incurred by CMS. In its first round, CMS funded $300 million in pilot projects focused on payment reform, population health, and health IT, ultimately partnering with 25 states. Now, with an additional $644 million in funding, ONC is ready to roll out round two of its State Innovation Models Initiative.

The initiative funds projects in two categories Model Design and Model Test. Under Model Design projects, states focus on confirming private partners and developing a strategy and roll out plan for their innovation project. Later, after the design phase is complete, states can apply for additional funding under the Model Test program to help them implement their ideas.


To kick things off, ONC unveiled a new resource center designed to help states evaluate and incorporate digital health technologies with the potential to improve care and reduce costs. The site provides literature and implementation plans covering a variety of topics, including community-wide clinical alerting and event notifications; optimized care coordination; clinical and financial data mining to support cost of care analytics; as well as a variety of patient-centered care planning initiatives.

The team behind the new site is currently developing resource guides for other key elements of community-level care delivery and cost control, including patient ID management, interoperability, and behavioral health data integration.

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