May 24, 2011 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
Development of the open source gateway will enable the "meaningful use" of health IT
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FAIRFAX, Virginia, May 24, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Federal Health Architecture (FHA), under management of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group, Inc. (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), a one base year contract worth US$5.7 million. The contract includes four one-year options that can be executed to support FHA's CONNECT Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NHIE) Gateway Solution.
CONNECT is the most widely adopted open source gateway used by public and private entities to exchange health information in a secure, interoperable manner. 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 is proud to expand our partnership with FHA to support their vision of furthering the exchange of health information to improve healthcare quality for the nation," said Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice-President, CGI. "Our open source vision, comprehensive product roadmap, and partnerships for CONNECT will help ease its adoption by federal agencies, public and private health information exchanges, and other healthcare organizations wishing to participate in health information exchange."
CGI's work for FHA supports the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009 which sets forth a plan for advancing the appropriate use of health information technology to improve quality of care and establish a foundation for health care reform. CGI's solution is also designed to support federal agency health information exchange initiatives, including those by the Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
About CGI Health IT Solutions
CGI delivers health IT services to clients across the healthcare spectrum—federal, state/provincial and commercial clients. CGI's services and solutions impact 1,000+ healthcare organizations, one million providers and suppliers, 200,000+ hospital users, 45+ million beneficiaries, and 6,000 health insurers. As a trusted health IT services partner, CGI works with clients to deliver mission-critical healthcare solutions that reduce operating costs, advance the quality of care, and promote public health. Website: www.cgi.com/healthcare.
About CGI Federal Inc.
CGI Federal Inc. is a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc., dedicated to partnering with federal agencies to provide solutions for defense, civilian, and intelligence missions. Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at March 31, 2011, CGI's annualized revenue was approximately C$4.5 billion and its order backlog was approximately C$12.6 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com/usfederal.
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