Harris Corporation Authorized To Connect Veterans Affairs And DoD Electronic Health Record Systems

Press Release | Harris Corporation | March 4, 2013


  • Significant Authority to Operate certification validates solution’s security and reliability.
  • Initial deployment to begin at Texas and Virginia DoD medical centers.
  • Program will enhance continuity of care for military personnel returning from active duty.

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been authorized to deploy a solution that enables the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to share electronic health records. The authorization represents a major milestone in one of the world’s most ambitious efforts to integrate health information, involving two major healthcare systems that are pioneers in electronic medical record keeping.

Harris completed the Critical Design Review process and achieved Authorization to Operate for the initial deployment of the Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) suite that will support information sharing between the VA and the DoD. The SOA will enable new types of clinical collaboration and integration of legacy data in standard interfaces that help users to exchange information in real time, without needing to change source data or displays.

The Authorization to Operate enables Harris to deploy the solution in facilities in San Antonio, Texas and Hampton Roads, Virginia. The rollout approach helps to optimize the capability before deploying it more broadly to VA and DoD facilities worldwide.

This authorization milestone is part of a multi-year, $80 million healthcare integration contract awarded to Harris in March 2012. The contract helps the VA and DoD streamline administration and record keeping, exchange health information, contain costs, track and manage care and enhance outcomes for millions of active duty and retired military personnel and their families.

The VA and DoD have a complex suite of healthcare information systems, as well as two hundred local data centers. The SOA Suite provides a single solution for the two agencies. It will integrate existing and future systems, applications and medical data utilizing state-of-art Commercial Off-the-Shelf and Open Source technologies to provide secure, reliable, and high-performance implementation for health record data exchange across the DoD and VA healthcare systems.

"The capability Harris provides to the VA and DoD promotes health information sharing across the full spectrum of military service, from active to retired service," said Dr. Vishal Agrawal, president, Harris Healthcare Solutions. "It will ease and expedite the transition of millions of service members from military healthcare to the VA, and reduce cost associated with duplicate diagnostic testing. The SOA Suite solution will create an enabling platform for unprecedented continuity of care across a service member's lifetime."

A nationally recognized leader in clinical connectivity, collaboration, and intelligence solutions, Harris offers a full range of interoperability solutions, including IT infrastructure and management, clinical workflow and analytics, health information exchange, and imaging. Harris solutions improve health-care quality, safety, efficiency, cost and outcomes by ensuring that the right information travels, with security and privacy, to the right person, at the right time, on the right device, at the point of care.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5.5 billion of annual revenue and about 15,000 employees — including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


The Pinkston Group for Harris Healthcare
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Harris Corporation
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