Federal government launches health information network pilot

The Social Security Administration was the first agency to use the network when it began in February limited use of the system to cut the time required to obtain medical records to process disability claims. This year, between six and 14 agencies are expected to start using the network.

"The Social Security Administration is a federal leader leveraging healthcare information technology to accomplish their nationally important mission," according to 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."

CONNECT includes 10 core NHIN gateway services and a software development kit. The Department of Health and Human Services released software for general availability in February. Harris, which teamed with partners Agilex Technologies Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc., and Scenpro Inc., was awarded the original development and integration contract for

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