CGI Announces Release of Updated CONNECT Gateway for the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange

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Latest version of open source gateway makes it easier for large and small organizations to deploy, use and maintain CONNECT gateway

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The velocity of change in health IT today demands secure, open source solutions to support a wide array of healthcare organizations working to improve healthcare quality for the nation.

CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group, Inc. (NYSE: GIB; TSX: GIB.A), announced today the successful release of 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 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 (NwHIN); 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 (NwHIN) 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 current 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.”

“The velocity of change in health IT today demands secure, open source solutions to support a wide array of healthcare organizations working to improve healthcare quality for the nation,” said Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice-President, CGI. “CGI is proud to deliver the latest version of CONNECT with our public and private partners and contribute to the continued adoption of secure, standards-based health information exchange.”

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. Website: http://www.cgi.com/healthcare.

About CGI
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at December 31, 2011, CGI's annualized revenue was approximately $4.1 billion and its order backlog was approximately $13.6 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: http://www.cgi.com.

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