March 27, 2014,
Posted by Nicole Kegler
in General.

The CONNECT Team has released version 4.3, the latest in a series of CONNECT 4 releases that continues to mature functionality to meet today’s nationwide requirements for health information exchange.  In parallel with the CONNECT 4.3 development cycle, the CONNECT Team also greatly expanded and evolved the CONNECT testing infrastructure, incorporating the following testing enhancements:

  • Matured the automated testing infrastructure and significantly expanded the testing code coverage
  • Collaborated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to incorporate its SOAP-based interoperability test scripts that test Meaningful Use requirements
  • Incorporated industry-leading security and code quality testing tools to ensure CONNECT meets federal and industry security standards
  • Leveraged product-related test scripts made available by Healtheway and the eHealth Exchange

In addition to the testing enhancements, code...

December 18, 2013,
Posted by Nicole Kegler
in General.

The CONNECT program recently implemented some changes to its sprint sessions to reflect the needs of the CONNECT community. Starting this month, sprint reviews will be discussed in the CONNECT Forums. This approach will allow the community to participate at their convenience. It is the product team's hope that hosting the sprints in the Forums will generate exciting discussions about the development of CONNECT, and feedback about features and enhancements. Join the CONNECT Status Updates Forum today to join in the sprint discussion:

The product team has also released a CONNECT Feature Matrix that compares features of various versions of CONNECT. View this matrix now to see how your version compares, and how adopting a newer version will enhance your health information exchange capabilities: ...

November 6, 2013,
Posted by Nicole Kegler
in General.

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) recently announced that they have completed the onboarding process with Healtheway to the eHealth Exchange, allowing it to securely exchange health data with other eHealth Exchange participants including the Social Security Administration and Veterans Health Administration. In order to complete the testing, PCE Systems, a Michigan data sharing organization, provided its HIE platform using CONNECT 4.2 to allow the MiHIN Common Gateway to "talk" to the Developer's Integration Lab during the testing process. 

This is a major milestone for MiHIN as this marks the first time that a state-designated entity for exchanging health information has completed onboarding to the eHealth Exchange through the new...

August 12, 2013,
Posted by Nicole Kegler
in General.

Move over 4.1, CONNECT 4.2 is here and ready for download! This version of CONNECT improves the  health data exchange experience for agencies and other organizations through some new features that support the growing need for enhanced interoperability for better patient care. The new features include:

  • Support for Java 6 and 7 WebSphere 7 and WebLogic 11g require Java 6, so CONNECT 4.2 now provides greater flexibility to deploy in an organization’s existing architecture.
  • Support for multi-specification document query and document retrieve version identification functions, including the initiating and responding messages function Feature allows for increased tailoring and management of messages to a broader set of exchange partners.
  • Enhancements and defect resolutions identified as a result of participating in the Healtheway  Product Certification Pilot Program The CONNECT Community...
May 8, 2013,
Posted by Nicole Kegler
in General.

On May 21, the Federal Health Architecture will host the first CONNECT User Group Meeting at George Washington University's Marvin Center. Attendees can expect a day of networking and collaborating with CONNECT adopters and health IT professionals about CONNECT and how it is being used throughout the public and private sectors. 

This one-day event will:

  • Provide discussions for those new to CONNECT to understand its use cases and role in secure health information exchange
  • Allow organizations to educate each other on how each integrates CONNECT into their IT environments or HIE products
  • Engage the community in brainstorming sessions that discuss the best ways to bring new software engineers into CONNECT open source development
  • Provide a venue for the CONNECT community to learn about and contribute to the CONNECT product roadmap
  • Drive a deeper understanding of the CONNECT 4 architecture and features, including the recent addition...