CGI Federal to upgrade HHS health info program
Contractor and partners will build a robust open-source solution
- By David Hubler
- May 24, 2011
CGI Federal Inc. has won a five-year contract worth $5.7 million to upgrade the health information exchange program at the Health and Human Services Department.
The Federal Health Architecture initiative, managed by HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, made the award, CGI Federal said in its May 24 announcement.
The contract, which includes four one-year options, will support FHA's Connect Nationwide Health Information Exchange Gateway Solution.
Connect is the most widely adopted open-source gateway software solution used by public and private entities to exchange health information in a secure, interoperable manner, according to CGI.
Under the terms of the award, CGI will partner with FHA and strategic partners, such as Red Hat, to build and develop Connect into a robust open-source solution that supports secure, standards-based health information exchange and "meaningful use" of health information technology.
CGI's solution is also designed to support other federal agency health information exchange initiatives, including those of the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Social Security Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
CGI Federal is a subsidiary of, CGI Group Inc., of Montreal, Quebec, and ranks No. 82 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.
David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.