Top Small Businesses Leading the Way in Federal Healthcare Interoperability

Published in the Summer 2015 Issue of FedHealthIT Magazine. Submissions open now, click here for more information.

G2Xchange Health publishes regular reports highlighting some of the leading companies across Federal Health IT that deliver on critical capabilities required in the market today. These reports serve as a resource to help inform the G2X Health member community from both industry and government of the major players to consider when these specialized capabilities are required. The research is led by G2X Health, but we actively engage with a number of leaders to source and evaluate the firms that make our lists. A broad set of criteria is used: including proven past performance, technical and domain expertise and thought leadership.

ESAC

ESAC has a history of supporting ONC on the Standards and Interoperability Framework and was recently awarded a multiyear contract to support the Structured Data Capture (SDC) Initiative. SDC will develop and validate a standards-based data architecture so a structured set of data can be accessed from EHRs and stored for merging with comparable data for other relevant purposes. ESAC also has expertise applying the Direct protocol for CMS electronic submission of Medical Documentation (esMD).

Edmond Scientific Company

Edmond and key leader, Duane DeCouteau, has managed the VA Emerging Health Technology Advancement Center (EHTAC) laboratory since 2006 for the creation, validation, testing and implementation of the health information exchange. Edmond has performed advanced technology implementations, such as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Data Segmentation for Privacy Initiative (DS4P) pilot.

The BITS Group

Led by recognized experts in clinical informatics, the BITS Group delivers the umbrella framework for the secure exchange of health information between government, consumers, and providers. The BITS Group has a 3 year $3.1M contract at VA providing Data Elements Technical Support Services, essentially data standardization support for the VHA Office of Informatics and Analysis. Additional contracts include Business Architecture Support to VHA that includes interoperability consulting services.

Ellumen

Ellumen has developed a reputation for its expertise developing health information exchange and interoperability solutions across large-scale highly complex environments. Ellumen’s list of successes include DHA software design; and development, implementation, and sustainment of large-scale cross-enterprise healthcare sharing initiatives (e.g. VLER, DoD Adapter, CHDR, BHIE, and HAIMS). They maintain expertise in standards-based data sharing including IHE Profiles, XCA, XDS, PDQ, PIX, HL7, and FHIR.

Initiate Government Solution

Led by industry veteran, Claudine Beron, this seven year old EDWOSB has been involved in some of the key programs with interoperability implications at VA and DHA. While one of the smaller firms on this list, IGS has extensive expertise including recent experience providing architecture, IT, and clinical subject matter expertise to development of the interoperability roadmap for VA-DoD, VA-VA, and VA-Other environments.

tiag

tiag has extensive health information exchange and interoperability experience at the Defense Health Agency and VA. This includes working on DoD-VA CHDR, FHIE, BHIE clinical information exchange messaging; VLER clinical data sharing with purchased care partners first using CCD and more recently Consolidated CDA; FHIR-based Data Management Services between DoD and VA. tiag participates in HITSP, S&I Framework and HL7 to help define Interoperability Specifications for MHS and VA use.

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