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I-Smart Background

The Iowa Service Management and Reporting Tool (I-SMART) enabled the Iowa Department of Public Health, Division of Behavioral Health and licensed providers to share a web-based computing environment that supports substance use disorder treatment information management. 

I-SMART is the Iowa version of the national WITS (Web Infrastructure for Treatment Services) Project. WITS began as an effort sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to promote a set of goals for the national substance abuse treatment system. Those goals were:

  • Improve treatment by giving practitioners better access to tools for assessing, planning, tracking, and monitoring client treatment information
  • Facilitate cooperation and collaboration across treatment providers by enabling the sharing of client treatment information within the constraints of individual privacy regulations
  • Advance the standardization and quality of treatment data to provide the best available treatment information for managing and monitoring system outcomes
  • Reduce the amount of treatment funding diverted to cover the costs of administering the system by promoting the sharing and reuse of software
  • Help states and substance abuse treatment providers meet key regulatory and reporting requirements with minimal burden and disruption

The I-SMART system offers providers a means to submit the required client, admission, discharge, follow-up and service information to the state.  

I-SMART Capabilities

I-SMART can be used to meet the needs of agencies wishing to comply with IDPH data reporting requirements only (Iowa Reporting Role) or to provide a system to satisfy providers needing a fully electronic clinical management tool (Full Clinical).

  • The Iowa Reporting Role (data entry only) hides all the screens in I-SMART that do not contain required state data fields.  This allows users to quickly navigate through the Client Profile, Crisis/Placement Screening, Admission, Encounters, and Discharge to enter the required data.
  • Full Clinical allows access to all menu items from the Iowa Reporting Role, as well as the Assessment/Screening tools (e.g., TAP, SASSI, PHQ-9, etc.); Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review functions, Group Notes; Consents and Referral modules; and others to satisfy clinical needs. 

I-SMART is HIPAA and Part 42 CFR compliant.