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Feb 18 2013   10:23PM GMT

New CONNECT HIE platform driven by federal collaboration

Posted by: RedaChouffani

There is a new version of the open source platform for secure exchange of health information, CONNECT V4. HHS, DOD, SSA and the VA collaborated on the platform with the intent to provide both federal and other entities a secure data exchange platform.

Since both the CONNECT Project and the Direct Project have continued to change since their release, this announcement means even more updates have been made to benefit users.

As listed on the HHSwebsite, some features of new platform are:

  • Receive higher message volumes – CONNECT 4.0 can support secure health information flows of 1600+ messages per minute.
  • Exchange large files (for the first time) of  up to 1 GB.
  • Run CONNECT on additional application servers such as Glassfish, IBM WebSphere, and Oracle WebLogic to meet unique IT environment needs.
  • Get more comprehensive event and metric data with improved logging capabilities. Since CONNECT is often used as a gateway in concert with other systems like electronic health records, improved logging allows adopters to integrate CONNECT into whole-system monitoring.
  • Determine the state of a transaction across messages to better track and analyze the operations of CONNECT and trading partner gateways.
  • Minimize deployment load by supporting a lightweight gateway, which allows for a smaller server footprint and use of system resources.

During the HIMSS event in New Orleans this year, the ONC and FHA will hold several sessions to highlight programs like CONNECT, direct project, State HIEs, NHIN, SHARP program, S&I Framework and Beacon Communities. These will provide a chance for technology enthusiasts, clinicians and both the private and public sector to understand initiatives linked to the interoperable health information exchange at the HIMSS.

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