Mirth Technology to Power Statewide Health Information Exchange in Florida

Press Release | Mirth Corporation | February 10, 2011

Mirth Corporation, the leader in commercial open source healthcare information technology, announced the selection of its open and standards-based healthcare interoperability suite to power the planned statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Florida. As part of the HIE implementation, Mirth technology will be made available to all healthcare providers statewide, delivered on the Mirth appliance framework.

“Mirth is proud to have the opportunity to supply the technology that will power the Florida statewide Health Information Exchange,” said Jon Teichrow, president of Mirth Corporation. “Mirth technology has proven over the past several years to be a robust, flexible, and cost-effective way to achieving regional, statewide and national health information connectivity – to the benefit of patients and healthcare providers alike.”

Mirth technology will allow individual healthcare providers and practices statewide to quickly and easily exchange patient information with each other electronically when caring for shared patients. Mirth will employ the technical standards and use cases provided by the Direct Project, an open government initiative started by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

By electronically accessing patient information such as medication, allergy and condition lists on a secure and authorized basis, physicians in Florida will be able to reduce redundant and costly medical testing, improving patient safety, and better coordinate care.

Mirth’s technology serves as a cornerstone of the solution offered by Harris Corporation (Harris) in that firm’s winning bid to build Florida’s statewide Health Information Exchange. Harris, an international communications and information technology company, was awarded a four-year, $19 million contract by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Harris’ bid, which featured the Mirth interoperability platform, achieved the highest score among seven competing organizations, including major players in both health and general information technology.

“Transforming health care requires a fully connected health information framework,” said Jim Traficant, vice president and general manager, Harris Healthcare Solutions. “We’ve integrated Mirth technology in the Harris solution because it has proven to be a powerful and cost-effective toolset for achieving this vision. Working closely with Mirth we plan to create a model for connected care within one of our nation’s largest states.”