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Social Security Administration First to Go Live With CONNECT Solution for Nationwide Health Information Network
Date:4/6/2009

Rapid, Secure Exchange of Healthcare Information Will Speed Claims Processing

CHICAGO, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (HIMSS'09, Booth #3974) -- The Social Security Administration is realizing significant reductions in the time required to obtain medical records to support the processing of disability claims through the use of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) CONNECT solution developed by Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS). CONNECT is an implementation of the NHIN specification that enables federal agencies and healthcare providers to quickly and securely exchange patient information electronically over the network. The announcement was made during the HIMSS'09 Healthcare IT Conference and Exhibition being held April 4-8 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

In February, the Social Security Administration (SSA) was the first federal agency to go into limited production on NHIN using CONNECT, in partnership with MedVirginia - one of the most electronically integrated communities of healthcare providers in the country. During 2009, the number of federal agencies participating in CONNECT will be expanded from 6 to as many as 14. In addition to the SSA, limited production pilots are planned by other federal agencies.

"The Social Security Administration is a federal leader leveraging healthcare information technology to accomplish their nationally important mission," said Jim Traficant, vice president of Harris Healthcare Solutions. "CONNECT delivers secure and seamless health information exchange between federal agencies and with providers in the private sector while assuring patient privacy. CONNECT has the capacity to transform care and benefits delivery for people in need, including our wounded warriors, veterans and their families."

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