Harris Corporation and Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration to Demonstrate Direct and CONNECT Standards at the


  • Florida HIE to present at HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase.
  • Florida HIE shares clinical records statewide using secure protocols, while leveraging existing investments.
  • Fulfills top ONC initiatives -- Direct, CONNECT, and state HIE development.

MELBOURNE, Fla. & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and Florida Hospital-Adventist and Strategic Health Intelligence will demonstrate an open-source, standards-based information exchange created to connect Florida healthcare providers at the HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase, February 21-23 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas.

The information exchange offers two distinct, yet complementary services:

  • Patient Look-up (PLU), a query-and-retrieve “pull” exchange based on the Nationwide Health Information Network CONNECT standards; and
  • Direct Secure Messaging (DSM), an encrypted email “push” service based on Direct protocols.

These capabilities will be showcased in the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) area of the HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase, Booth 11000, Hall G, February 21-23, 2012, in Las Vegas.

“The Florida HIE demonstrates how Harris is advancing healthcare by implementing ONC standards throughout the state of Florida,” said Jim Traficant, president, Harris Healthcare Solutions. “The Florida HIE shows how health care organizations can exchange health information securely across an array of provider systems to enhance care quality and efficiency.”

Harris’ experience with the Florida HIE dates back to December 2010 when Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) awarded Harris a four-year, $19 million contract to develop a statewide HIE capable of supporting data sharing requirements for meaningful use of electronic health records.

The Florida HIE went live in July 2011 with DSM, a secure communications network that relies on Direct Project standards and a participant directory. The Florida HIE has since deployed its PLU Service, which reflects Florida’s implementation of ONC’s CONNECT standard. More than 9,000 physicians who care for Florida’s patients can now log into an EHR or HIE portal, look up a patient by demographic criteria and choose which records to access and view.

Harris also will co-present with the AHCA at a HIMSS12 educational session entitled, “Florida State Health Information Exchange: Lessons Learned,” on February 21 at 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Lando 4306, in the Venetian Sands Expo Center. The session will cover the procurement, implementation and deployment phases of the Florida HIE’s development, including decisions related to policy, consent, technical implementation and sustainability.

Harris will demonstrate its complete product portfolio in Booth 834 throughout HIMSS12. Visit www.harris-is.com/himss12 for more information and to schedule a private demonstration.

In healthcare solutions, Harris provides enterprise intelligence solutions and services for government and commercial customers — including systems integration, intelligent infrastructure, interoperability, imaging, and other IT solutions. A leader in federal healthcare IT integration, Harris products, systems and services improve healthcare outcomes by assuring that critical medical and benefits information is delivered with security and privacy to the right person, on the right device, at the point of care.

About Harris Corporation

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 approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 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 www.harris.com.


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