CPIC is a structured approach to managing IT investments. CPIC ensures that IT investments align with the IHS mission, strategic goals, and objectives, and support business needs, while minimizing risks and maximizing returns throughout the investment’s life cycle. CPIC relies on systematic selection, control, and continual evaluation processes to ensure that the investment’s objectives are met effectively.
Investments in IT can dramatically enhance organizational performance. When carefully managed, IT becomes a critical enabler to improve business processes, makes information widely available, and reduces the cost of providing essential Government services. As IT rapidly evolves, the challenge of realizing its potential benefits also becomes much greater.
Congress and OMB have clearly stated that each executive agency must actively manage its IT program to provide assurances that technology expenditures are necessary and shall result in demonstrated improvements in mission effectiveness and customer service. The Clinger-Cohen Act (CCA) of 1996, Public Law 104 – 106, legislatively mandates that IT investments be prudently managed.
One key CCA goal is for divisions to develop policies and processes that implement systems at acceptable costs, within reasonable and expected time frames, and that contribute to tangible, observable improvements in mission performance. Therefore, CPIC processes shall be institutionalized throughout IHS, shall ensure compliance with the IHS Enterprise Architecture, and shall be used for all IT-related decisions.
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Resource & Patient Management SystemInvestment Dashboard
The Indian Health Service (IHS) Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) is a comprehensive health information system (HIS) created to support the delivery of high quality health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives who attend several hundred Federal, Tribal, and Urban facilities nationwide. RPMS is critical to IHS operations; it integrates practice management, medical, behavioral health, population health and performance reporting functions into a fully capable electronic health record (EHR) suite. RPMS evolved alongside the Veterans Administration's acclaimed VistA HIS but occupies a unique place as the only system designed specifically to support the direct care and public health mission of the IHS. RPMS aligns with the Administration's commitment to promoting the adoption of EHRs due to their ability to improve health outcomes and decrease costs. RPMS supports the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) by establishing interoperability through the electronic sharing of information with states, interoperability with commercial labs, and electronic communication among medical staff participating in patient care.
Infrastructure, Office Automation & TelecomInvestment Dashboard
The IHS IOAT investment provides the technical foundation which enables IHS to perform its critical mission of raising the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. All other IHS IT investments, including services such as the Electronic Health Record as part of the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) as well as the National Patient Information Reporting System (NPIRS Data Warehouse) depend on the IOAT infrastructure for critical service availability and support. This investment includes IHS IT infrastructure support services and costs including but not limited to: Hardware, Software, Email, Helpdesk, IT Security, Networking, Remote Access, Server Support, and Telecommunications.
National Patient Information Reporting SystemInvestment Dashboard
The National Patient Information Reporting System (NPIRS) is the national data repository of the Indian Health Service (IHS). NPIRS produces specific reports that are required by statute and regulation without significant manual data consolidation thereby saving significant cost each year. Additionally, NPIRS maintains composite patient encounter information, providing managers at all levels of the Indian health system with a broad range of clinical and administrative information that allow them to better manage individual patients, local facilities, regional and national programs. NPIRS also provides hosting and administration services to ensure the Health Information Exchange (HIE), Master Patient Index (MPI), Personal Health Record (PHR), e-Rx, and Direct Messaging systems function reliably and provides server hosting services to both IHS and IHS-approved customers.