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Date:7/16/2009

our healthcare system. There's no need to start from scratch."

He cited the successful transformation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) telecommunications infrastructure, which has been transitioned from a fragmented system into a comprehensive, extremely reliable and cost-effective network connecting operations and mission-support activities at 4,000 FAA facilities nationwide.

He also highlighted the tremendous progress that has been made to date with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), which is expected to provide a secure, nationwide, interoperable health information infrastructure that will connect providers, consumers, and others involved in supporting health and healthcare. The NHIN CONNECT Gateway allows federal agencies and private sector healthcare providers to securely exchange electronic patient information. Those participating in the network can leverage CONNECT to achieve critical mission objectives for standards-based, interoperable health information exchange. It is already in use by the Social Security Administration, where it has significantly reduced the time required to process disability claims, and could one day serve as a single portal from which Americans securely access their own clinical and claims data from any federal source.

Harris - with partners Agilex Technologies, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Scenpro, Inc. -- developed the software for the CONNECT Gateway, which was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April for general availability as Open Source.

Traficant concluded his presentation before the steering committee by urging attendees to "make it happen. Transformation of the healthcare system is within our reach. The future of our nation depends on it. We have been given an incredible opportunity. We can't squander it."

An archived webcast of the briefing is avail
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