The State is embarking upon an initiative to modernize systems and platforms in the form of the MD THINK. MD THINK will be a new shared health and human services platform – a system of modular, interconnected components – a common data repository, shared service elements and resources, and mission specific applications – capable of supporting multiple programs and missions. The ultimate goal of this effort is to create a data system that can support a more integrated, client-centric approach to health and human services delivery and management.
The State believes that moving to a shared health and human services platform will provide multiple benefits for clients, the State and our federal partners, including significant improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness in program operations, continuous system enhancement, and reduced cost for system maintenance. DHS seeks to deliver solutions which meet our federal, State, and local objectives noted above. The first priority is to develop a cloud-based shared data repository that is scalable, with shared functionality across programs. This includes, but is not limited to, security controls, document management, financial systems, dashboards and analytic tools. DHS is utilizing the State’s contract to provide cloud hosting in the State’s Cloud environment for the required infrastructure.
The second priority is to replace the outdated and siloed case management systems for public benefits, including Non-MAGI Medicaid, social services, child welfare and child support enforcement. These case management systems will be designed to integrate into the data repository.