The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced the release of its new issue brief "The MITA Touch: State CIOs and Medicaid IT Transformation."

Medicaid transformation, and incorporating information technology into these efforts, is among the fastest-growing trends in healthcare today, said NASCIO in a release. With the introduction of the federal Medicaid IT Architecture (MITA) initiative, states are beginning to assess their current Medicaid systems and explore how the MITA initiative can foster information exchange and improve healthcare quality outcomes. This brief examines the ways in which state CIOs can play a role in the MITA effort, and how their enterprise view contributes to the holistic vision that MITA promotes across state agencies and all levels of government.

"State CIO involvement in the development and implementation of MITA is crucial," said Tennessee CIO Mark Bengel, chair of NASCIO's Health IT Working Group. "MITA requires collaboration across all levels of government which the state CIO is uniquely positioned to facilitate. CIOs also bring a strong combination of business and technology process knowledge that will be critical to the success of the MITA effort."

The MITA initiative seeks to advance information exchange across state agencies and the federal government, and provides a framework for states to follow, while maintaining a structure based on their individual needs. This brief outlines MITA's goals and highlights the opportunities it offers, as well as examines its challenges, and offers ways for state CIOs to become involved in their states' MITA efforts at the outset.