Harris Corporation Supports Release of New Version of CONNECT, Built Under Contract with the Federal Health Architecture

Thursday, November 12, 2009 General News
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MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 12 Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has released the next version of the CONNECT open-source software. The CONNECT solution was developed under contract for the Federal Health Architecture project within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. This new release enables healthcare organizations to participate in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) in order to quickly and securely exchange patient information.

CONNECT 2.2 adds several important features - significantly increasing the functionality, security and usability of the software. A few of these include:

In addition to introducing the new software, Harris - along with its CONNECT teammates Agilex Technologies and Scenpro - has launched initiatives to foster a CONNECT Open Source Community. The initiatives include making modifications to the Web portal, setting up online source control and expansion, and supporting user forums. The team supported two major CONNECT Open Source Community forums - the Release 2.2 Webinar in July and the CONNECT Code-A-Thon in August.

"We are very pleased to not only provide enhancements to the CONNECT solution, but also to play a role in bringing together many diverse representatives of the healthcare community through these user forums," said Jim Traficant, vice president and senior executive of Harris Healthcare Solutions.

"Both of these achievements represent additional milestones in the implementation of the NHIN. Harris is fully committed to continuing its support of this national program that will transform healthcare information sharing."

The CONNECT solution is sponsored by the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) project within Health and Human Services. FHA recently received the 2009 Information Week's Government Innovator Award for the CONNECT Solution and was recognized as one of "10 Government Organizations that Understand IT Innovation."

The Social Security Administration was the first federal agency to go live with the CONNECT solution in February.

Harris Healthcare Solutions provides enterprise intelligence solutions and services for commercial and government customers. These include systems integration, intelligent infrastructure, advanced visualization and display, enterprise digital content management and IT services solutions. Harris products, systems and services improve health outcomes by assuring that critical medical information is delivered with security and privacy to the right person, on the right device, at the point of care.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets worldwide. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com

-- A simplified, generic graphical user interface that can be used by the receiving agency to request and display electronic health records. -- Implementation of a policy engine that enables patients to identify specific preferences for information disclosure. -- Expansion of the software's encryption capability to encompass additional interfaces available on the network.

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