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IRIS Develops NIEMView™

IRIS’ 3rd Online Service in a Suite of Products Supporting Semantic Interoperability

Alexandria, VA, February 14, 2018– IRIS is excited to announce the launch of NIEMView™, a free online service providing a “birds eye” view into the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). Intuitive Mind Maps allow the NIEMView™ user to explore, in a simple and direct way, the various domains and classes contained in NIEM for use by it’s Community.

The NIEM is used by the US military, federal agencies, state governments, and internationally to communicate information safely and efficiently serving as a common vocabulary enabling efficient information exchange across diverse public and private organizations. The model has over 14 domains including Agriculture, Emergency Management, MilOps, Human Services, Health, etc. and provide consistent, reusable data terms and definitions, and repeatable processes which saves NIEM participants time and money.

It is through IRIS’ support of the NIEM Health domain for Federal Health Architecture (FHA), of which they are stewards for, that the team recognized the opportunity to provide services different from what is already accessible to the NIEM Community.

IRIS’ President, David Clark remarked that “We quickly noticed that the current NIEM tools lack the ability to depict inheritances of the various domain elements to the NIEM Core and offer substitute elements for cross domain exchanges, our service provides both.”

Another feature offered within the mindmaps is the ability to click on hyperlinks to be immediately redirected to the precise location within the NIEM standard. Lastly, for those in the community who prefer to work in UML, IRIS’ tool provides a UML rendition of the entire NIEM 4.0 CORE and Domains.

This is the third online tool that IRIS has developed, designed to support semantic interoperability, this year. In February IRIS released FHIMView™ which provides the health IT community with a compelling, visually understandable, and downloadable presentation of the Federal Health Information Model (FHIM). FHIMView can be used to compareany information model to the FHIM. Inlate September FHIRView® was launched which delivers a simple, direct rendering of FHIR®’sresources, elements, and datatypes. FHIRView® was developed in response to the need for an intuitive, fast, and accurate method to access health IT standards and compare data models.

“Last year the team began to jokingly refer to ourselves as “Interoperabilitists©”, this year we proved that we are. I am very proud of this work and look forward to the enhancements we make to each of our products in the year ahead!” -David Clark.

IRIS is a health information technology (HIT) management and technology services firm founded in 2006 which leverages decades of HIT program management, architecture, engineering and software development experience. IRIS core values are predicated on People, Processes, Performance, and Pricing - which drive our delivery model to achieve higher outputs and lower costs for our clients, while improving the functionality and efficacy of healthcare processes through the delivery of superior design, development, and maintenance of health information technology (HIT) systems and programs.

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IRIS Announces FHIR® Enablement of VSAC Resources

IRIS Develops FHIR® Terminology Service for the Value Set Authority Center

Alexandria, VA, December 21, 2017– IRIS Health Solutions, LLC is proud to announce the initial implementation of a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Terminology Service for VSAC resources. The service was delivered through IRIS’ support of the Federal Health Architecture (FHA),  and FHA’s partnership with the National Library of Medicine ‘s (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC). This RESTful API provides users holding a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License access to the current VSAC value sets and supported code systems.

The VSAC provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets drawn from standard vocabularies contained in the CMS electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) (https://vsac.nlm.nih.gov/). This service supports theCodeSystem and ValueSetFHIR Terminology Module resources to access value sets published, and code systems hosted, by VSAC.

“HL7’s FHIR® is intended to enable health information exchange in a wide variety of settings. Creating a service that would FHIR® “enable” the VSAC seemed like a crucial step in advancing the HIT’s communities shared interest in achieving information interoperability; we are grateful for the opportunity.” David Clark, IRIS’ President.

Since 2015, NLM has provided a prototype of the service to be leveraged for terminology tracks at several HL7 FHIR Connect-A-Thons. IRIS was asked to support its development and make enhancements to the service in October 2016. The team hopes to continue its work with FHA and NLM to expand this capability to additional FHIR resources.

This is the second FHIR® related announcement from IRIS this year. On September 28, 2017 IRIS launched FHIRView™ a free online service which offers a simple, direct rendering of FHIR®’s resources, elements, and datatypes. FHIRView™ ® was developed in response to the need for an intuitive, fast, and accurate method to access health IT standards and compare data models.

IRIS is a health information technology (HIT) management and technology services firm founded in 2006 which leverages decades of HIT program management, architecture, engineering and software development experience. IRIS core values are predicated on People, Processes, Performance, and Pricing- which drive our delivery model to achieve higher outputs and lower costs for our clients, while improving the functionality and efficacy of healthcare processes through the delivery of superior design, development, and maintenance of health information technology (HIT) systems and programs.

IRIS Releases FHIRView™, for Easier Access to Health IT Standards

IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS) has announced the release of FHIRView™, an online service designed to provide easy web-based navigation of the evolving Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for exchanging electronic healthcare information. FHIRView™, along with IRIS’ FHIMView™ service, was developed by IRIS for free use by the broader healthcare community.

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IRIS Wins GSA Professional Services Schedule Contract

Alexandria, VA –April 25th, 2017 - IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS) has been awarded the GSA Professional Services Support vehicle, further expanding the company's ability to bid on task orders and helping to position the company for further growth.

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IRIS Launches FHIM View™ Semantic Interoperability Service

Alexandria, VA –March 9, 2017 - IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS) announces the launch of its innovative, free, online service, FHIM View™ Designed to support semantic interoperability, the service is available on FHIMVIEW.com and provides a compelling, visually understandable, and downloadable presentation of the Federal Health Information Model (FHIM).

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IRIS Awarded HIT SIN Under GSA IT70

Alexandria, VA – November 21, 2016 - IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS) has been awarded the HIT SIN 132-56 on its GSA/FAS Schedule contract for Schedule 70, Information Technology Equipment, Software, and Services (GSA IT 70), effective from November 4th, 2016 through March 1, 2021.

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IRIS Health Solutions, LLC Wins GSA IT-70 Schedule Contract

Harrisonburg, VA – March 21, 2016 - IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS)  has been awarded a GSA/FAS Schedule contract for Schedule 70, Information Technology Equipment, Software, and Services (GSA IT 70), effective from March 2, 2016 through March 1, 2021. 

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IRIS Health Solutions, LLC Awarded Subcontract for the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) Program

Harrisonburg, VA – October 29th, 2015 – IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS), is pleased to announce that it is part of the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, which has been awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide an electronic health record (EHR) commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution, integration activities, and deployment across the Military Health System (MHS). The contract, known as the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM), awarded on July 29, 2015, is an initiative designed to modernize the military’s healthcare system in a meaningful way, enabling patients and clinicians to capture and share health data, improving the continuity and quality of care for all those who serve and have served our country and their families.

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IRIS Health Solutions, LLC Wins New Contract to Provide Support Services to HRSA, Bureau of Primary Health Care Management Information System 

Harrisonburg, VA – October 18, 2015 - IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS)  announces the award, on September 1, 2015, of a new one year contract to provide program management support services to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), BPHC Health Care Management Information System (BHCMIS). 

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IRIS Health Solutions, LLC Wins New Contract to Support The Federal Health Architecture Office

Harrisonburg, VA – October 14, 2015 - IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS) today announces the award, on October 1, 2015, of a new three year contract to support the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Program Office.  This multi-year procurement, issued through the NITAAC CIO-SP3 Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), was aimed at small businesses that could bring to FHA the appropriate health information technology (HIT) skillsets and services.

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IRIS Health Solutions, LLC Wins New ONC Technical Services Contract

Harrisonburg, VA – June 8, 2015 – IRIS Health Solutions, LLC, as a valued member of the A+ Government Solutions, LLC ( A+, a CNI company) team, is proud to announce the award, on June 5th,  2015, of a new five year contract in  support of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).This contract is a small business set-aside under the GSA IT-70 schedule.

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The FHA Directed Exchange Work Group a Finalist for the 2015 AFCEA Bethesda Government-Wide Initiatives Excellence Award

IRIS is a key team member supporting the FHA Directed Exchange Work Group

Harrisonburg, VA – May 14, 2015 – The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Directed Exchange Work Group has been nominated and was a finalist in the “Efficiency and Value Creation” category for the AFCEA Bethesda 8th Annual Government-wide Initiatives Excellence Awards.   These awards honor individuals or organizations whose achievements “facilitate advancement in business and citizen interaction – leading to improved effectiveness, cost-savings and leadership – as well as meet national priorities and serve as a model of government excellence.”

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