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Harris Corporation Awarded Follow-on Contract Option to Expand CONNECT Solution for Nationwide Health Information Network
Date:4/6/2009

Next Phase Focuses On Integration Of Health Information Exchange Components

CHICAGO, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (HIMSS'09, Booth #3974) -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has been awarded the first-year option to its Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) CONNECT contract by the Federal Health Architect of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator. CONNECT is an open-source implementation of the NHIN specifications that enables federal agencies and healthcare providers to quickly and securely exchange patient information, improving the quality of care while reducing costs. The announcement was made during the HIMSS'09 Healthcare IT Conference and Exhibition being held April 4-8 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The announcement follows the Department of Health and Human Services' public release last month of CONNECT as an open-source software. Harris -- teamed with partners Agilex Technologies, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Scenpro, Inc. -- was awarded the original development and integration contract for CONNECT in March of 2008.

Several successful, high-profile demonstrations have established the system's ability to seamlessly exchange medical notes, lab results and other critical health data summaries. Federal agencies leveraging CONNECT for health information exchange include the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Indian Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Cancer Institute. During the demonstrations, the CONNECT system also connected to and exchanged data with private-sector health information exchange implementations of the NHIN specifications. Harris is also demonstrating CONNECT at its booth during HIMSS'09.

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