Microsoft Corp. took the opportunity during the Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition this week in Washington to announce an interoperability alliance it had formed with its customer information technology systems developers and integrators.
The alliance, the Microsoft Connected Health and Human Services Framework, creates a common architecture that Microsoft said in a news release helps connect disparate state and jurisdictional human services systems to give providers one comprehensive view into citizen/customer needs.
Somewhat unhelpfully, the Microsoft release refers to present and potential customers at local, state, federal and private sector levels as health and human services agencies and then repeatedly lumps them together in subsequent references as HHS agencies and the alliance itself as the HHS Alliance, even though many of its end-users are not part of HHS.
Partners in the alliance, including some who have already deployed the architecture, according to Microsoft, include Affiliated Computer Service, Atlanta; Avanade, Seattle; CGI Group, Fairfax, Va.; Electronic Data Systems Corp., Plano, Texas; Saber Government Solutions (an EDS company), Portland, Ore.; ESRI, Redlands, Calif.; Harmony Information Systems, Reston, Va.; IDV Solutions, Lansing, Mich.; MidTech Partners, Centennial, Colo.; Netsmart Technologies, Great River, N.Y.; Nets To Ladders, Austin, Texas; NWN Corp., Waltham, Mass.; Plexis Healthcare Systems, Ashland, Ore.; Unisys, Blue Bell, Pa.; and VisionWare, Glasgow, Scotland.
"While our Connected HHS Alliance partners are committed to the consumer-centered vision and supporting framework of delivering best-in-class shared services and commercial off-the-shelf-based solutions, they are also committed to working with each other as they produce new and consume existing key services required for integrated care," said Kevin Dolan, director of HHS for the U.S. Public Sector Alliance at Microsoft, in the news statement.