Presented by Leslie Power, Development Manager (Contractor, 5AM Solutions/CGI), CONNECT Product Team.
the CONNECT project
A Nation’s Call to Action
“We’ll be on our way to computerizing all of America’s
medical records, which won’t just eliminate inefficiencies,
save billions of dollars and create tens of thousands of jobs
– but will save lives by reducing deadly medical errors.”
– President Barack Obama, February 4, 2009
What is CONNECT?
CONNECT is a software solution that
supports health information exchange.
CONNECT uses Nationwide Health
Information Network standards and
governance to ensure HIEs interoperate
with other current and future exchanges.
CONNECT can be used to:
• Set up a health information exchange
within an organization.
• Tie a health information exchange into
other HIEs including the Exchange.
Federal Health Architecture
Collaborative Mindset Seeded CONNECT
FHA ensures Federal participation in ONC-led initiatives
• E-gov initiative managed by ONC within HHS
• 20+ federal agencies participate in FHA
Open Source Project Since (Date)
CONNECT was “released as open source code” to keep costs low and to
promote widespread adoption to encourage health information exchange.
FHA enabled cross-agency collaboration,
aggregate + coordinated benefits
Use of open source tools accelerated
Open source community contributed to
CONNECT is in the midst of transitioning to
a fully open-source community-driven project.
Spectrum of Government
Open Source Projects
Project Uses Open
Open Source Project
Technique used in Agile
software projects to guide
project or sprint retrospective
SaMoLo – Same As
Open and broad collaboration
Leveraging common needs
Openly expose the release planning
… and requirements …. and the process
Hybrid balance between funding and non-funding
SaMoLo – More Of
- Coding standards!!
- Flexible infrastructure
- Structured, deﬁned, and understood internal and external
- Deﬁnition of roles and governance
Sustained investment in community
- Dedicated technical resources to outreach and nurturing of the
community (tricky labor category?)
Acknowledgment that you – your ofﬁce, your program, and your
contract support – are going to REALLY expose yourselves –
process, quality, risks, issues, results
SaMoLo – More Of
Long-term planning – discuss the exit strategy early.
And know that it will change.
SaMoLo – Less Of
Caveat: These did not occur with FHA/CONNECT, but in general are
behaviors that need to be set aside when you’re running an open
Tolerance of dissention/posturing among collaborating
contractor teams – the only focus should be support
the mission, on the project faces risk
Upcoming Community Events
June 28, 2012 (11am)
Webinar on GitHub
July 2, 2012 (1pm)
Next sprint planning meeting
August 1, 2012
CONNECT Release 3.3.1
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