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Harris Corp. and Cisco Systems collaborate on cloud computing solution

Earlier this month, Harris Corporation and Cisco Systems demonstrated the ability to rapidly, safely, and securely exchange healthcare information in a cloud computing environment at the Public Health Information Network Conference in Atlanta. They showed that security and privacy of web-based health information remains protected with a service as data is encrypted in transit and stored securely in the cloud. The demonstration was implemented over the CONNECT health information exchange platform with a Cisco Systems AXP router.

CONNECT is a standards-based, scalable, open-source gateway solution that enables secure health information exchange between health information organizations across the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). Under contract from the Federal Health Architecture within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Harris provided the technical expertise for CONNECT to enable federal agencies, states, regional health organizations and private providers to seamlessly share health information upon request. The CONNECT gateway ensures that all NHIN specifications are met by the entity that is providing or receiving data on the network.

“CONNECT is a platform for integration and innovation that drives data and situational awareness to the point of care and benefits delivery,” said Harris Corp. vice president of Healthcare Solutions Jim Traficant. “The innovative approach that Harris and Cisco demonstrated can be integrated with any healthcare organization’s existing infrastructure. It’s ideal for HIEs, hospitals and other providers that want to use existing technology and quickly bridge to the NHIN for interoperable information exchange and integrated decision-making.”

The solution was designed and implemented in just one week.

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