Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. Through the implementation of the HITECH Act, and the Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework, HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) was establishing new standards for healthcare interoperability.

The Challenge:

With many project teams under the S&I Framework, ONC needed a centralized location for managing and maintaining project tasks, stories, and development efforts.

The Solution:

ONC chose to use the Atlassian Tool Suite, specifically JIRA / Confluence / FishEye / Crucible for development and maintenance of all initiatives under the S&I Framework. Michael Brown, founder and Principal Consultant of Ascend Integrated, supported the effort to develop, configure, and administer the Atlassian Tool Suite for over 1,000 users across HHS.


The successful implementation and configuration of the ONC S&I Framework Atlassian Tool Suite enabled the successful development and management of healthcare projects related to interoperability. Using the JIRA Agile Boards through JIRA Software, and configuring Confluence to capture Vision / Mission statements + requirements using templates allowed teams to focus on developing successful Health IT solutions.