SOURCE: Vangent


February 25, 2010 16:14 ET

Vangent Successfully Demonstrates Health IT Interoperability at Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise 2010 Connectathon

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2010) -  Vangent, Inc., a leading global provider of information management and strategic business process solutions, today announced that it successfully demonstrated health IT interoperability at the 2010 Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Connectathon, the health care IT industry's only large-scale interoperability testing event.

For the second year, Vangent focused on health information exchange and illustrated the value of open source, standards-based technologies to facilitate critical healthcare information sharing. As a result of the successful demonstration, Vangent is qualified to participate in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Interoperability Showcase in Atlanta, March 1-3, 2010.

During the Connectathon event, Vangent demonstrated conformance to health IT standards, electronic health record system connectivity, and the secure interoperable exchange of patient health data. Vangent's capabilities tested at the Connectathon are aligned with the criteria for achieving "meaningful use" of electronic health records. Vangent's HIEOS™, part of Vangent's overall "open architecture" based health information exchange solution offered to federal and state government agencies as well as hospitals and regional health information organizations, played an integral role in demonstrating successful healthcare information exchange at the Connectathon.

"Vangent has been working at the forefront of health IT interoperability by designing, building and operating solutions in the government and private sectors that are ideally aligned with the goals of the Obama Administration's health IT strategy," said Kerry Weems, Senior Vice President of Health Solutions for Vangent. "We support multiple federal customers and currently use HIEOS™ to help our federal customers connect to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN)."

The IHE Connectathon is the healthcare IT industry's largest interoperability testing event. During the Connectathon, systems exchange information with complementary systems from multiple vendors in support of defined clinical use cases, called IHE profiles.

The Connectathon provides detailed validation of the participants' interoperability and compliance with IHE standards. At the 2010 IHE Connectathon event, Vangent demonstrated interoperability and IHE conformance for the following IHE profiles using its HIEOS™ open source solution:

  • Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) - Enables healthcare delivery organizations to cooperate in the care of a patient by sharing clinical records as they proceed with their patients' care delivery activities. Federated document repositories and a document registry create a longitudinal record of patient information within a healthcare community.
  • Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b) - Enables the sharing of imaging content (e.g. images and reports) using the XDS.b infrastructure.
  • Cross-Community Access (XCA) - Provides a "gateway" that supports the ability to retrieve patient relevant medical data held by facilities/enterprises that have agreed to work together using a common set of policies for the purpose of sharing clinical information. Facilities/enterprises may host any type of healthcare application such as electronic health records, patient health records, etc.
  • Cross-Enterprise User Assertion (XUA) - Provides a means to communicate claims about the identity of end users and systems in transactions that cross-enterprise boundaries.
  • Multi-Patient Queries (MPQ) - Defines a mechanism to enable aggregated queries to a Document Registry based on criteria needed by areas related to data analysis, such as clinical research data collection or population health monitoring.
  • Audit Trail and Node Authentication (ATNA) - Provides for the secure exchange of health records over an encrypted communication channel in addition to providing for complete auditing of transaction history.

Vangent used the IHE Connectathon event as a proving ground for the standards-based solutions the company has established for secure health information exchange across organizations and communities at the federal, state and local levels. Vangent will continue to support industry and government standards to ensure their business and technology solutions achieve meaningful use, not meaningless waste through high quality healthcare service across the U.S. and internationally.

Visit Vangent at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase in Hall C, Booth 233. Vangent will also participate in the Showcase in support of its customer, the Indian Health Service (IHS), to demonstrate cross-agency, cross-region and cross-facility health information retrieval from across the IHS enterprise-wide health information exchange (HIE) using the NHIN. The demonstration will highlight how a provider retrieves C32 documents by logging on to the Universal Client and navigates through the workflow to search for the patient's record, obtain patient document links, and finally, retrieve the documents.

To learn more about HIEOS™, visit
and Wiki at

About Vangent, Inc.
Vangent, Inc. is a global provider of consulting, systems integration, human capital management, and business process services to the U.S. federal and international governments, higher education institutions, and corporations. Vangent's 8,000 employees support clients including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor; the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the company has offices throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and Argentina. For more information, visit

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    Eileen Rivera
    Vangent, Inc.
    (703) 284-5674
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