Reston, VA (PRWEB) April 23, 2012
5AM Solutions announced today the successful release of the latest version of the CONNECT gateway, an open source initiative led by the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The software was developed in partnership with CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group, Inc., under contract to FHA, and is available to the CONNECT open source community for download at http://www.connectopensource.org.
CONNECT is a widely adopted open source gateway currently used by organizations participating in the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange; it is used by hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and government agencies to support the secure, standards-based exchange of health information. The new release of CONNECT 3.3 supports the latest Nationwide Health Information Network specifications, and provides a valuable way for organizations to embrace the next chapter of the healthcare exchange while protecting their existing system investments. Through scalability and performance enhancements, CONNECT 3.3 provides the necessary foundation for larger regional and national rollouts.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Social Security Administration (SSA) as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) are currently using CONNECT to interact and exchange health information with thousands of healthcare providers through the NwHIN Exchange which supports approximately one million patients and beneficiaries.
“CONNECT is a great success story – with federal agencies coming together to build a system that everyone can use and benefit from,” said Lauren Thompson, Director, Federal Health Architecture, ONC. “The rapidly growing Exchange community of federal agencies, states, health systems and insurers can better serve their patients and beneficiaries by getting the information they need quickly and securely for better clinical decision-making and benefits determination.”
“Getting health information to people who need it – securely and privately – will be one of the keys to solving our nation’s healthcare problems,” said Brent Gendleman, President and CEO of 5AM Solutions. “CONNECT enables the secure exchange of health information, and as an active open source project, encourages the growing community to build value upon it. 5AM is proud to be part of the effort to facilitate standards-based health information exchange to lower costs and improve healthcare.”
About 5AM Solutions
5AM is a fast growing, profitable technology company that creates innovative software connecting the worlds of life science and health. 5AM’s purpose is to make the web the place where life science and health professionals work, collaborate, and succeed in serving their customers, partners, and each other. The company serves the health IT, research, biospecimen, and clinical trials fields. With web, mobile, and analytical offerings, 5AM’s solutions are designed to overcome technology roadblocks and accelerate progress toward the ultimate goal of improved human health. For more information visit http://www.5amsolutions.com.
About CGI Health IT Solutions
CGI delivers health IT services to clients across the healthcare spectrum—federal, state/provincial and commercial clients. CGI’s services and solutions impact 1,000+ healthcare organizations, one million providers and suppliers, 200,000+ hospital users, 45+ million beneficiaries, and 6,000 health insurers. As a trusted health IT services partner, CGI works with clients to deliver mission-critical healthcare solutions that reduce operating costs, advance the quality of care, and promote public health. http://www.cgi.com/healthcare.
CONNECT is an open-source software solution that supports health information exchange – both locally and at the national level. CONNECT uses Nationwide Health Information Network standards and governance to make sure that health information exchanges are compatible with other exchanges being set up throughout the country. http://www.connectopensource.org and healthit.hhs.gov/nhin.
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