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Written by: Chandra Abrahams
Every year a panel of judges from a cross section of Government, industry leaders and the start-up community select Federal programs that are driving innovation and results in health IT. The 6th annual FedHealthIT Innovation Awards and Networking Event was held on March 24, 2020 at the Carnegie Institute for Science in Washington, DC.
Spin Systems (SpinSys) is excited to announce being selected as a winner of the 2020 FedHealthIT Innovation Award. This award recognizes SpinSys, the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC), and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) / Enterprise Intelligence and Data Solutions (EIDS) for the Agile Core Services Data Access Layer (ACS DAL) program.
SpinSys has been a key contributor in the development of ACS DAL since its inception with guidance and leadership from the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Agile Core Services Data Access Layer (ACS DAL).
ACS DAL is a centralized data integration platform for flexible, efficient, repeatable, and reliable transfer of health service messages across DHA’s healthcare systems developed to solve data integration challenges between external and internal systems.ACS DAL has improved data integration across sources from within the Department of Defense (DoD) and from community healthcare providers leading to the empowerment of providers and ultimately more intelligent healthcare for the Warfighter and their families ACS DAL is able to generate clear and actionable data from a variety of data sources.
ACS DAL has addressed data interoperability challenges by pursuing a software delivery approach that maximizes portability and emphasizes iterative development, enforcing Agile and DevOps principles. With increased interoperability and standardization of data, DHA data scientists can use data to train and run predictive models with the intent of gaining meaningful insights, leading toward intelligent clinical workflows. Timely access to data and tooling significantly reduces the time to treatment.
Today, the ACS DAL platform provides a single architecture for the transfer of over 150,000 messages daily supporting Medical Readiness and Reporting Systems (MRRS), Periodic Health Assessments (PHA), Defense Readiness Health Assessment (DRHA), Defense Medical Information Exchange (DMIX), and numerous Centers of Excellence (CoE) such as NICoE and HCoE.
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GovWin presented the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Market report to provide insight into the EHR Federal market to analyze current trends and challenges in the marketplace, identify key purchasers and contracts, and to identify key EHR vendors. SpinSys ranked on both lists of EHR top vendors: top 20 overall and top 6 overall in small business.
Through this industry ranking, SpinSys solidified its status as the premier small business systems integrator for cloud based solutions, specializing in sustainment and modernization for the enterprise. SpinSys is proud to rank on these two EHR top vendor lists, as this visibility will further allow the demonstration of expertise and understanding of medical data including inpatient and outpatient data coupled with a strong understanding of the industry’s direction for modernization and integration among diverse Health Information Technology (HIT) systems.
An EHR is a collection of information about the health of an individual or the care provided, such as patient demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data, and radiology reports. A focus on patient accessibility, paying for performance, modernizing health Information Technology (IT) systems and emerging technology will spur spending within the health IT market.
SpinSys understands current healthcare trends and the emergence of new EHR platforms and modernization updates. Federal health IT spending over the forecasted period is greatly influenced by new platforms and is driven by updates including:
The Department of Defense deployment of a new EHR system, MHS GENESIS. The Department of Veterans Affairs is expected to implement the same solution. The Department of Veterans Affairs modernization and consolidation of legacy VistA EHR systems. Other Federal agencies requirement of smaller EHR systems as part of their mission (i.e., Health and Human Services, the Federal Prison System, Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
Efforts to increase medical innovation, mobile health, health care cost control and combat public health issues such as the current opioid epidemic will also solidify investments in health IT products and services.
At SpinSys, we see how hard our employees work day in and day out. Every so often we like to remind them that it’s important to have some fun too. Every month, our designated Culture Squad sets up an event for the whole team to enjoy! Here are a few highlights from our summer events -
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Past Performance Highlights
Over the years, SpinSys has assisted several clients in meeting their single sign-on requirements by providing solutions at both the enterprise and application level. Their experience in working with clients of various sizes has allowed them to provide single-sign solutions that can be scaled and tailored to any client’s needs.
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division – SSO PIV/LDAP integration
Helping DOJ/CRT keep pace with the latest technology, SpinSys continuously upgrades their base software; the latest refresh served as a technology upgrade from a client-server to a web-based application system. The recent upgrade also included the development and deployment of a Single Sign-On (SSO) feature, which utilized Active Directory LDAP integration with DOJ JCON, a PIV-enabled system, to allow users log in through a single portal for role-based access to multiple applications. The SpinSys COTS product was enhanced to work within DOJ SSO requirements.
DHA CarePoint (PIV/CAC)
While SpinSys was establishing the CarePoint Application Portal SharePoint 2013 environment, DHA was looking for a robust, enterprise identity solution. They had already seen various attempts at creating custom FBA providers to enable CAC authentication. SpinSys prototyped and then established an enclave wide solution by extending the existing Active Directory (AD) implementation with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). AD FS allows DHA to maintain a central account repository with AD and provides a secure, standards based identity provider (IdP) to enable federated CAC as well as PIV authentication. The central repository gives DHA one place to create or disable a user across all systems.
Fortune 500 Financial Institution – COTS SSO Integration
The Fortune 500 Financial Institution corporate legal system utilizes the Spin Business Framework for application development and configuration. While implementing the legal system, SpinSys was tasked to federate with an existing enterprise COTS SSO product. SpinSys configured authentication providers to accept custom HTTP headers and authenticate the user based upon them while working with Fortune 500 Financial Institution, This allowed them to centrally manage their user accounts at their corporate help desk instead of forcing the legal department’s administrators to take on that responsibility.
Tableau (DHA SSO Integration)
DHA utilizes Tableau as part of their Business Intelligence platform. The challenge was to provide a single sign-on solution that would allow users to seamlessly integrate Tableau dashboards with DHA’s CarePoint Application Platform. DHA did not want to duplicate user accounts and have the responsibility to manage accounts in multiple locations. The SSO solution was required to support both CAC as well as PIV. SpinSys was able to quickly federate Tableau with the Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) server previously provisioned by SpinSys. This provided a seamless experience to the end users and allowed DHA to centrally manage a single account across all systems.
Department of the Navy – Office of the CIO
SpinSys built a CAC authentication module that integrates with the asset management solution implemented by their development teams. Out of the box, the COTS product leveraged username/password authentication but the Navy required CAC authentication to meet Information Assurance guidelines. SpinSys ensured that all software components and databases continued to satisfy DoD and Navy regulations and standards, including IA regulations, regular STIG implementation, and safeguards to ensure continued security compliance and accreditation of the system, environments, and personnel.
SpinSys’ development/modernization support includes analysis, recommendation, acquisition, configuration, deployment and related software engineering services required to implement a proposed Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software for an Identity Access Management (IDAM) solution to replace the current limited functionality custom code. The proposed COTS solution would not only support CAC authentication, but also provides additional functionalities including streamlined automated new account creation or reactivation through a self-service portal.