Florida contracts with Harris Corp. for statewide HIE

In an announcement made last week, Harris Corporation has been awarded a four-year deal to implement a statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Florida. The $19 million contract will connect health entities across the state to provide a secure exchange of patient health information.

Led by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the statewide exchange will include physicians, hospitals, regional health information exchanges and other state agencies. Harris will use an “open, standards-based solution,” that will adapt to changing health policies and technologies to minimize the total cost of ownership and build on prior regional investments, said Jim Traficant, vice president and general manager for the company’s Healthcare Solutions group.

“Transforming health care requires a fully connected health information framework,” Mr. Traficant said. “Florida is one of the largest states in the country, with a significant aging and transient population. The Florida HIE can become a model for the U.S. by improving patient safety and quality while lowering costs through connected and secure health care information.”

The hometown company, headquartered in Melbourne, Fla., has made its name at the state and local level with its radio and public safety communications solutions, serving municipalities from Monterey County, Calif. to Baltimore County, Maryland. The company’s healthcare group has many federal customers including HHS, Veterans Administration, SSA, CDC and the National Cancer Institute.