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Insights from GDIT: Modernizing Systems at HHS by Leveraging GDIT and Appian Partner Alliance

Milad Bahrmi, VP, Health & Human Services Business Area, GDIT
December 15, 2020

Editor’s note: A version of this article was first published on: GDIT’s Perspectives Site

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) and its operating divisions are intently focused on modernizing critical systems. And for good reason. These are the systems that help the agency and its operating divisions perform cutting-edge research, develop vaccines, conduct clinical trials and more. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, this work carries with it more importance and urgency than ever.

A key part of the agency’s modernization effort involves looking across its technology portfolio and infrastructure, from regulatory systems to ones that support critical public health initiatives. HHS – and more broadly of the entire country – depend on these systems performing as they should. Consequently, every resource spent on optimizing and modernizing these systems results in an increased ability for the agency to fulfill its mission at this critical juncture in time.

Appian Low-Code Automation reduces risk

The GDIT team, with legacy knowledge of the agency and its operating divisions, recently leveraged our partner ecosystem to bring forward a new and innovative collaboration with leading low-code automation provider, Appian. Together, we are able to accelerate and simplify the agency’s modernization efforts while also reducing risk.

Low-code automation brings a faster, simpler and more user-friendly approach to the agency’s modernization efforts. For starters, it reduces the amount of traditional hand-coding necessary. This not only accelerates the development and delivery of applications, but it also reduces risk. It minimizes human error and enforces coding standards to ensure quality development.

An agile development approach is also supported through low-code automation, which involves business users earlier in the development process. Taken together, these things all dramatically simplify modernization and digital transformation efforts. And when things are simple, fast and less risky, the capacity to take on more projects only grows.

Alliance brings innovation to customers and GDIT

Across HHS, GDIT has several Appian engagements underway to modernize various applications, create efficiencies and drive innovation within the operating divisions. They will enhance the agency’s overall ability to deliver critical health and human services to the public during the pandemic and beyond.

We have seen for ourselves the benefits of the Appian low-code approach as GDIT uses Appian internally. In fact, we are a leading partner to agencies in that we regularly bring new technologies and approaches to them, combining our knowledge of an agency and its systems with our ability to implement. It’s one of the many ways we deliver the art of the possible for our customers. Visit GDIT to learn more.

A version of this article was first published on: GDIT’s Perspectives Site | November 23, 2020