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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS)
Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS) Technology

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Description: Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS) software is designed to serve as a screening application for the detection of feigned or exaggerated psychiatric disturbance and cognitive dysfunction among adults ages 18 years and older across a variety of clinical and forensic settings. The SIMS consists of 75 items that yield a summary score reflective of a general feigning presentation, as well as five nonoverlapping scales that reflect theoretical and statistical considerations of the more commonly feigned or exaggerated disorders including Psychosis, Neurologic Impairment, Amnestic Disorders, Low Intelligence, and Affective Disorders.

This technology saves client and report files locally in the user`s documents library by default. No database is utilized.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.12
Decision Date: 12/19/2022 at 16:30:54 UTC
Aliases: SIMS
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: PAR, Inc.
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (12/19/2022 at 16:30:54 UTC).