Northrop Grumman showcases systems for clinical, public health informatics

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Northrop Grumman Corp. highlighted its integrated health systems for clinical and public health informatics at HIMSS 2006 last week in San Diego. The company demonstrated the technology behind the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System's Armed Forces Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA). AHLTA is the largest deployed, patient-centric electronic health record globally.

As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Nationwide Health Information Network architecture prototype program, Northrop Grumman is developing an architecture prototype that will help provide clinical information to physicians during patient encounters, facilitate access to more accurate and complete information about new patients, and better enable public health agencies to monitor public health situations. The company illustrated how existing electronic health records (EHRs) and RHIO initiatives can be linked towards these ends.

Also, in a display of how Northrop Grumman agencies capture and analyze public health data, the company demonstrated its work with the Delaware Electronic Reporting and Surveillance System, a web-based disease surveillance system.

Northrop Grumman also demonstrated emergency response scenarios using the mobile TouchTable, a 45-inch, touch-sensitive user-interface and display system, developed through partnership with Applied Minds.