Accenture, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Oracle and Sun are
among a wide range of technology and consulting companies tapped
recently to design a US$18.6 million Nationwide Health Information
Network for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.
The NHIN is HHS’s plan for an Internet-based network that links
disparate healthcare organizations, such as local clinics, city
hospitals, universities and government health agencies to share and
have secure access to clinical data.
“This effort will help design an information network that will
transform our healthcare system resulting in higher quality, lower
costs, less hassle and better care for American consumers,” HHS
Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement.
The NHIN will be designed and rolled out through four consortia, each
consisting of several IT, consulting, security and healthcare companies
and organizations. Accenture, Computer Science Corporation (CSC), IBM
and Northrop Grumman. Each consortia are responsible for NHIN coverage
in specific areas of the country.
Each consortia will put together a protytype IP-based network prototype
during the coming year. These networks will include patient
identification and information services combined with user
authentication and security features. When the prototypes are finished,
the results will be given to the American Health Information Community,
an advisory committee to the HHS and focused on digitizing and
network-enabling healthcare records.
The four NHIN consortia are broken down as follows:
Accenture will lead:
– Creative Computing Solutions
– eTech Security Pro
– Lucent Glow
– Oakland Consulting Group
Markets served include: Eastern Kentucky Regional Health Community
(Kentucky), CareSpark (Tennessee), and West Virginia eHealth Initiative
CSC will lead:
– Business Networks International
– Center for Information Technology Leadership
– Connecting for Health
– DB Consulting Group
– eHealth Initiative
– Electronic Health Record Vendors Association
– Regenstrief Institute
Markets served include: Indiana Health Information Exchange (Indiana), MA-SHARE (Massachusetts), and Mendocino HRE (California).
IBM will lead:
– Business Innovation
– HMS Technologies
– IDL Solutions
Markets served include: Taconic Health Information Network and
Community (New York), North Carolina Healthcare Information and
Communications Alliance (Research Triangle North Carolina), and North
Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (Rockingham
County North Carolina).
Northrop Grumman will lead:
– Air Commander
– Client/Server Software Solutions
– First Consulting Group
– SphereCom Enterprises
Markets served include: Santa Cruz RHIO (Santa Cruz, Calif.), and
HealthBridge (Cincinnati, Ohio), University Hospitals Health System
By Phil Hochmuth – Network World (US online)