to Support NIST with Health Information Technology Testing Infrastructure Initiative

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AEGIS will collaborate with NIST to harmonize the efforts of healthcare standards test development and delivery to meet the demands for conformance and interoperability within the healthcare domain., Inc. (AEGIS), leading provider of Health IT systems and services, announces its contract award to support the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Health Information Technology Testing Infrastructure (HITTI) project. AEGIS will collaborate with NIST to harmonize the efforts of healthcare standards test development and delivery to meet the demands for conformance and interoperability within the healthcare domain. The competitively bid contract will enable a scalable, multi-partner, automated, remote capability for current and future Health IT testing needs. Under this 2-year contract, AEGIS will team with Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) to define and develop core testing infrastructural components and services to enable a wide-scope of test tools. These tools support the national health care priorities with focus on electronic health record communication and electronic document (clinical) exchange across domains including (but not limited to) bio-surveillance, e-prescribing, laboratory, immunization, patient administration, and medical devices.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), specifically, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, assigned NIST to collaborate with the agency responsible for determining if electronic health records (EHRs) meet standards for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator, for Health IT (ONC), on health IT-related activities, such as standards, testing, and certification. Vendors will be able to use results of the HITTI project to determine if their products meet standards before they submit them for certification, and approved certification bodies will be able to use these results to test those product offerings. This will enable organizations to determine if a product that claims to be standards-compliant will actually perform the functions it says it can perform, because it has been tested and proven to meet the standards set forth by the criteria of Meaningful Use. This award further harmonizes and aligns the efforts of the government’s Health Information Technology Innovation and Development Environments (HITIDE) initiative to support the development of interoperable health IT systems by leveraging existing federal agency health IT test bed environments for a cross-agency, virtual, active, innovative ecosystem.

About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs approximately 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.86 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2012.

About AEGIS, Inc. (AEGIS) is a CMMI Maturity Level 3 rated, ISO 9001:2008 certified small business and premier provider of Information Technology consulting services to Federal Civilian, Defense and Commercial sector clients. Our services, delivered by practitioners averaging more than 15 years of experience, include Project Management, Software Functional and Performance Testing, Application Design/Development, and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V). Our domains of expertise include health IT and interoperability, regulatory compliance, finance, human resources, and logistics. AEGIS offers the patent-pending Developers Integration Lab (DILSM) testing solution for health information exchange gateway, interoperability, and compatibility testing. To learn more, visit

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