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Developer(s) Federal Health Architecture and the Change Control Board
Initial release April 2009 (2009-04) (2.0)[1]
Stable release

5.3  (June 28, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-06-28))

Preview release none [±]
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual
Type Health informatics software
License(s) BSD 3-Clause License

CONNECT is a health informatics "software solution that organizations can use to securely link their existing health IT systems into the health information exchanges."[2]

Product history

In June 2007, CONNECT initiative lead Dave Riley was brought in by the The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to bring the Federal agencies together to be able to formulate a strategy for how the Feds would be connecting to the NHIN"[3][4] (The Nationwide Health Information Network). Between June and October of that year, Riley and the Federal agencies worked out a strategy that would include a Federal NHIN consortium that would operate under shared governance and development with non-shared implementations in each agency. In addition, they would create Federal nationwide health information exchange (NHIE) solutions. On October 12, 2007, Riley and the agencies met with the National Coordinator and ultimately agreed to pool money together to fund development of the software initiative.[3][4][5] Thus in October development on CONNECT began.[1]

In April 2009, overseer Federal Health Architecture (FHA) made the decision to open the source code of the CONNECT software to the public and develop infrastructure for the community, beginning with making available to the code to version 2.0.[1] A GitHub project was set up and the first commits were made in July of the same year.[6] A wiki was started the following month.[7] As participation increased, the FHA began holding Code-A-Thons and participating in demonstrations at HIMSS' (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) annual conference and exhibition.[1]

By August 2012, a new change was underway for CONNECT, one driven by the FHA and ONC to transition development to one of full open source community engagement.[8] The February 11, 2013 release of CONNECT 4.0 was in theory suppose to mark the end of that transition[8][9]; however, as of February 2014, that transition was still being planned.[10]

In September 2019, the following message appeared on the CONNECT Wiki[11]:

The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health It (ONC) are ending support for the CONNECT open source software project in September 2019. As part of ending the support for CONNECT, the FHA and ONC will no longer maintain or update the CONNECT Wiki after September 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT. As an open source project, the CONNECT software code and community resources, including this Wiki, can be used, adopted and implemented by any interested organization, but the government will no longer be involved and therefore will not endorse or verify the quality of the resources previously managed by the CONNECT Community under FHA’s guidance.

By mid-September 2019, CGI Federal, Inc. announced it would continue to support CONNECT.[12]


Connect can[13]:

  • be set up a health information exchange within an organization.
  • tie a health information exchange into a regional network of health information exchanges using Nationwide Health Information Network standards.
  • send and receive Direct messages
  • locate patients at other organizations
  • request and receive documents associated with the patient
  • record transactions for subsequent auditing by patients and others
  • authenticate network participants
  • formulate and evaluate authorizations for the release of medical information
  • honor consumer preferences for sharing their information

Features include[13]:

  • master patient index
  • document registry and repository
  • authorization policy engine
  • consumer preferences manager
  • HIPAA-compliant audit trail

Hardware/software requirements

Prerequisites include:

  • Java 7.0
  • Java Cryptography Extension (JCE)
  • Maven 3.0.4+
  • MySQL 5.1.x
  • Eclipse Juno, with the egit and m2eclipse plugins
  • Apache Ant v1.7.1

Consult GitHub or the installation instructions for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using CONNECT

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "About CONNECT - Project Milestones". U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. "About CONNECT - FAQ". Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Riley, David; Miller, Craig (29 June 2009). CONNECT Solution and Core Services Overview. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "CONNECT Solution And Core Services Overview - Transcript". Readable. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. Riley, David. "CONNECTing to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN): The Road Ahead" (PDF). Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  6. "Created folder 'Current'". GitHub. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  7. "Wiki - Page History". U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (16 August 2012). "The CONNECT Transition is Underway". The Pulse (1). Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (14 February 2013). "CONNECT 4.0 is Here!". The Pulse (4). Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  10. Kalbfleisch, Gail (17 February 2014). "Note from the Director". The Pulse (10). Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  11. "Wiki - System Dashboard". U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Archived from the original on 05 February 2020. Retrieved 05 February 2020. 
  12. McCormick, W. (16 September 2019). "CGI Announces Continued Support for CONNECT; Ksheeraja Velangulam Quoted". ExecutiveGov. Executive Mosaic Network. Retrieved 05 February 2020. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "CONNECT-Solution/CONNECT". GitHub. Retrieved 21 May 2014.