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June 02, 2010

Healthcare Technology and News: Agilex and Harris to Continue Health IT Partnership

Harris Corporation has announced that Agilex Technologies has extended its successful health IT partnership with the company for the second consecutive year. 

To develop the CONNECT Solution for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Federal Health Architecture initiative, Agilex has served as a principal member of the Harris-led team.
The CONNECT project aims at providing all Americans with interoperable health records.
The CONNECT project was recently recognized by the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) with a prestigious 2010 Intergovernmental Solutions Award. This highly collaborative, cross-government effort is one of the most lauded IT programs in government. InformationWeek named it one of year’s best examples of government innovation and InfoWorld called it one of their top IT projects for 2009.
“The success of this program has established new benchmarks for what government agencies should expect from their technology partners,” said Jim Traficant, vice president of Harris Healthcare Solutions. “By championing emerging technologies and innovative strategies, we have been able to deliver a ground-breaking solution to the field faster and more cost-effectively than otherwise possible. Agilex has played a significant role in this success.”
For the Nationwide Health Information Network or “NHIN”, the CONNECT Solution serves as the reference implementation. Adopted by both government and private sector entities, it was originally built in conjunction with twenty federal agencies. In terms of its use of service-oriented architecture design principles, open source technologies and its comprehensive support for emerging standards for health information exchange, the CONNECT Solution boasts significant innovations.
Recently, the company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CapRock Communications, a global provider of mission-critical managed satellite communications solutions for the energy, government and maritime industries. Officials with Harris said that as per the terms of the agreement, the company will purchase privately held CapRock for $525 million in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments. The acquisition provides an entry into the energy market for Harris Corporation.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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