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Harris Corporation Delivers Initial Release of Enterprise Intelligence Services Capability for Nationwide Health Information Network CONNECT


Seamless Movement of Patient Data Among Multiple Agencies Successfully Demonstrated

WASHINGTON, DC - Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) recently delivered the first set of services capabilities for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) CONNECT Gateway project. The software recently enabled seamless health information sharing among multiple federal agencies and health information exchanges during a demonstration attended by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt and members of the NHIN Forum in Washington, DC.

The demonstration featured the capabilities of the NHIN CONNECT Gateway software built by Harris to support secure information exchange over the NHIN including the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, the Indian Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Cancer Institute. The information transmitted included medical notes, lab results and other critical data.

The NHIN CONNECT Gateway is scheduled for release to the public in March 2009 with quarterly releases thereafter. In February 2009, the Social Security Administration will be the first agency to go live with the Gateway system, which is expected to significantly reduce the time required to process long-term disability claims for individuals — such as wounded warriors — as they move through federal and private healthcare systems. In 2009 the NHIN will move into limited production as federal agencies and HIEs go operational on the NHIN.

“The Gateway system has the opportunity to transform nationwide health information sharing by connecting a consortium of federal agencies — and connecting the federal agencies to regional health information exchanges,” said Jim Traficant, vice president of Harris Corporation’s Healthcare Solutions. “The NHIN CONNECT will enhance care and accelerate benefits for our wounded warriors, veterans and their families with secure health information sharing among federal agencies, and with access to vital medical records by private sector providers delivering care for our service men and women. The NHIN CONNECT is part of our commitment to delivering enterprise intelligence to healthcare - the right information to the right person, on the right device — at the point of care.”

Harris teamed with partners Agilex Technologies, Inc., Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Scenpro, Inc., to develop the NHIN CONNECT Gateway’s core services. Those services consist of software that can be easily downloaded by providers to quickly enable connection to the NHIN, and a software development kit that enables providers to quickly develop customer interfaces to the NHIN. The NHIN CONNECT Gateway also empowers patients by enabling them to determine how and with whom their medical information is shared.

Harris Healthcare Solutions provides enterprise intelligence solutions and services for commercial and government customers, including 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.

Harris Healthcare Solutions thought-leading experts on health information technology and policy are available for media background briefings and interviews.

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,000 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


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