CONNECT was initially developed by federal agencies and used to support their electronic health related projects under the Federal Health Architecture. It is considered a gateway to the Nationwide Health Information Network. CONNECT is an open source software solution that supports health information exchange, both locally and at the national level while using Nationwide Health Information Network standards and governance to make sure that health information exchanges are compatible with other exchanges being set up throughout the country.
The following in communication from the ONC on the newest version of CONNECT.
The Federal Health Architecture has released CONNECT 4.2, an enhanced version of CONNECT 4 — the dynamic open source platform designed to enable secure health information exchange.
CONNECT 4.2 includes features that mirror the requirements specified by current CONNECT users and organizations looking to adopt this solution for enterprise interoperability and the sharing of health data. Highlights from the new release 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 continues to engage with the eHealth Exchange Community to identify test script improvements and CONNECT product enhancements. Our goal — ensure CONNECT remains a robust product that organizations can leverage in a rapidly growing health data exchange environment.
Current users and those in the process of deploying CONNECT are encouraged to deploy version 4.2 as it represents a significant jump in functionality and performance for this open source software. Select here for CONNECT 4.2 Installation Instructions!
Post your question or concern in the CONNECT Forums.