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.”

This year’s finalists and winners were honored at the annual awards luncheon held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2015. 

According to FHA Director, Gail Kalbfleisch, “Our work over the past year has been impressive to say the least. I am very proud to announce that our efforts have also been noticed by the ….AFCEA… being a finalist for this prestigious award is a major accomplishment.”

IRIS Health Solutions, LLC (IRIS) is proud to have been supporting the FHA Directed Exchange Group since its inception in April, 2013, when it was “chartered with the overarching goal to support federal implementation of Directed Exchange, and where possible, work towards a unified approach to the policy, security, operational, and technical needs for direct messaging by the federal participants.”


The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) plays a key role in national security and facilitates dialogue and cooperation among the civil government, Department of Defense, and private industry.  With more than 140 chapters around the world, AFCEA fosters government–industry partnerships and provides members with opportunities to exchange ideas about communications, intelligence, imaging, and information systems technologies.

About IRIS Health Solutions, LLC

IRIS is a health information technology (HIT) management and technology services firm located in Harrisonburg, VA and Alexandria, VA.  Founded in 2006, IRIS is dedicated to solving the unique challenges faced by federal healthcare organizations in today's rapidly changing regulatory environment.  IRIS experts bring  decades of experience in government HIT systems,  interoperability and integration, and healthcare business functions, including the systems of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).