SOURCE: Vangent


February 17, 2011 11:34 ET

Vangent Successfully Demonstrates Health IT Interoperability at Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise 2011 Connectathon

Company to Demonstrate Health Information Retrieval at HIMSS11 Conference

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2011) - 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 2011 Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Connectathon, the healthcare IT industry's only large-scale interoperability testing event.

For the third 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 Orlando, February 21-24, 2011.

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 "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 supports multiple federal customers and currently uses HIEOS™ to help its federal customers connect to the Nationwide Health Information Network. The company also supports the Direct Project, which develops specifications for a secure, scalable, standards-based way to establish universal health addressing and transport for participants to send encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet.

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 each participant's interoperability and compliance with IHE standards. At the 2011 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.b) -- 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. radiology images and reports) using the XDS.b infrastructure.

  • Cross-Community Access (XCA) -- Provides a "gateway" that enables retrieval of 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, personal health records, etc.

  • Cross-Community Patient Discovery (XCPD) -- Provides the ability to discover common patients across health networks.

  • Cross-Enterprise Document Reliable Interchange (XDR) -- Provides the ability for healthcare providers to "push" clinical data directly to known health information sharing recipients.

  • 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 E, Booth 7343. 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 and the Nationwide Health Information Network using Vangent's HIEOS™. The demonstration will also highlight the HIEOS™ Clinical Document Viewer where a healthcare provider can search for patients, locate documents, and view HITSP-compliant clinical document summaries.

To learn more about HIEOS™, visit and the 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 7,500 employees support clients including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and Veterans Affairs; and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 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. and Canada. For more information, visit Did you know? Four out of 10 Americans connect with Vangent, but never know it. Learn more at

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