About User Story

Core Team


For each of the past 2 years, the MITATAC had created a user story for a FHIR-based healthcare demonstration that addressed a complex opioid-abuse use case. The goal of our new combined NIC/MITATAC effort is to further develop that use case into a series of user stories which reflect a variety of cross-domain interoperability amongst healthcare, behavioral health, child welfare, nutrition services, schools, housing, and potentially even homeless services. The entire series of user stories follows the Thomson family through the trials and tribulations of a difficult set of lives which require community and societal help to survive:

  • DOD-to-VA Transition Assistance
  • Adult Opioid (MITATAC 2019 Scenario)
  • Behavioral Health for Children and Youth (InCK NIC/MITATAC 2020 Scenario)
  • Homeless Social Determinants of Health
  • Single Parent Social Determinants of Health*
  • Infectious Disease Shelter-in-Place

These user stories will be the basis for demonstration opportunities over the coming two years. The primary focus for 2020 will be the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Behavioral Health for Children and Youth scenario.

 Thomson Family Scenario 

The Thomson family scenario is the basis of the work NIC’s Project Unify (an initiative of SOCI) is doing with the federally funded Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) project in New Jersey. SOCI and NJ InCK co-created the Thomsons to reflect the types of families that InCK will be working with under a cooperative agreement with CMMI.

Unify is using an open-source, open-data, open-standards approach to show how to securely share information across multiple agencies, organizations and domains, based on specific data and protocol standards. Doing so will enable access to the many different types of data needed to meet requirements for integrated care and case management. The Thomson scenario helps Unify provide demonstrations of the initiative’s progress.