MELBOURNE, Fla. & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, a five-year, $54.9 million contract to integrate a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) surgical workflow management solution that will reduce surgery wait times and cancellations, increase patient throughput, and improve the overall surgical experience for Veterans and their families.
The Surgical Quality and Workflow Manager (SQWM) program represents the first time the VA has used a COTS solution for a clinical information system that is utilized enterprise-wide. SQWM will improve the end-to-end workflow for surgeons, nurses and support staff by automating many clinical and administrative surgical tasks, including scheduling, accessing the patient's profile, ordering tests and tracking surgical assets. The SQWM solution also will enhance the patient and family member experience by improving access to information during the surgery cycle.
"Refreshing the surgical system infrastructure for VA staff and Veterans is one of the VA's top priorities," said Jim Traficant, president, Harris Healthcare Solutions. "To expedite this transformation and ensure the best possible treatment for our Veterans, the VA has called on Harris to integrate an industry-leading solution that will enhance the surgical experience across the entire VA enterprise."
The Harris team will install and operate the SQWM solution in 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) and all 130 VA hospitals performing surgery, supporting approximately 400,000 cases per year and approximately 6,000 surgeons. The Harris solution will ensure that the VA's disparate surgical systems will be able to interface seamlessly and allow for future software upgrades and enhancements.
The SQWM program is part of the VA's Enhance the Veteran Experience and Access to Healthcare (EVEAH) initiative, a global VA effort to ensure all Veterans receive the healthcare they have earned through their service. To meet the VA's request to use a COTS software product, Harris will use General Electric's industry-leading Surgical Information System for its solution.
A nationally recognized leader in federal healthcare IT integration, Harris also offers commercial providers a full range of interoperability solutions, including IT infrastructure and management, clinical workflow and analytics, health information exchange, and imaging. Harris solutions improve healthcare quality, safety, efficiency, cost and outcomes by ensuring that the right information travels, with security and privacy, to the right person, at the right time, 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 more than 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 www.harris.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.