The grant for the Illinois Interoperability and Integration Project (the Interoperability Project), describes our plan for establishing and implementing a governance model for the Illinois Healthcare and Human Services Framework Project (the Framework). The Framework is a seven-agency collaborative focused on the development of a modern, horizontally-integrated system to support the core processes of service delivery - application, eligibility determination, casework, management of contracted service providers, and analytics. The Framework's key goals are to improve service access and delivery; increase operational efficiency and program integrity; and, create a capacity for sophisticated analysis and data-driven decision-making across the Illinois healthcare and human services space. These goals are directly aligned with those of this grant award.
The Interoperability Project will design and develop a sustainable governance model for the Framework that will guide the partner agencies and programs toward a new paradigm of "build once, use many". The intensive discovery, documentation and design phase of planning begins this fall; as a consequence, Illinois is well positioned to leverage the opportunities presented by the federally-funded MMIS, ACA and HIE initiatives. Maximizing those opportunities (and navigating all of the complexities they represent) requires a governance process that is robust, goal-oriented, equitable and sustainable.
Once the method has been road-tested and refined, the project will make its findings, research, and an Interoperability Handbook with roadmap and tools available to other jurisdictions that are contemplating cross-program or cross-agency system development efforts.
To enable the State of Illinois to evaluate options, develop plans and implement project governance structures, the DHS was awarded $1,125,000. This grant application identifies key staff to lead this effort, along with milestone deliverables which will be produced as part of the Project.