September 07, 2011
Accenture Completes Assessment for Texas Health Services Authority
Project to Support Health Information Exchange and Interoperability
AUSTIN, TX; September 07, 2011 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed an assessment and plan to support implementation and interoperability standards for a state-wide health information exchange (HIE) for the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA).
Accenture identified the technology standards, architecture, and strategy to ensure consistency with state and federal requirements. The strategy will support interoperable health information management and exchange among unaffiliated organizations. Accenture also developed an enterprise architecture blueprint (EAB) for state-level HIE services and a plan to manage the EAB lifecycle to help ensure compatibility as standards evolve.
“Accenture is proud to partner with the Texas Health Services Authority to help realize the statewide Health Information Exchange vision for Texas,” said Rick Ratliff, global connected health managing director, Accenture Health.  “This initiative is a significant step toward improving healthcare quality and enabling an insight driven health system.”
Accenture also produced a technical implementation specification document for local and regional HIEs as a reference guide for healthcare IT implementation.  Additional information on Texas’ HIE Interoperability Guidance is available from the Texas Health Services Authority.
About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 223,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.  Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.  The company generated net revenues of US$21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010.  Its home page is
About Texas Health Services Authority
The Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) was created by the Texas Legislature through House Bill 1066 in 2007 as a public private partnership, legally structured as a nonprofit corporation, to support improvement of the Texas health care system by promoting and coordinating health information exchange (HIE) and health information technology throughout the state. The THSA is working under contract with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to implement HIE strategic and operational plans for the State of Texas.
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Jenn Francis
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