Healthcare News February 19, 2012

  • Northrop Grumman Highlights Innovative Health Technologies, Proven Solutions at HIMSS Annual Conference – #HIMSS12

    New Mobile Tablets, Predictive Modeling Systems, Analytics Applications Featured

    LAS VEGAS, Feb. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will feature several of its innovative technologies and integrated solutions that are advancing the future of health care at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition.

    HIMSS will be held Feb. 20-24 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas. Northrop Grumman demonstrations in booth 1639 will include the company’s programs in electronic health records and mobile health applications; national health systems; and health analytics and informatics.

    “For more than 20 years, Northrop Grumman has combined its scientific and medical expertise with information technology to give organizations the solutions they need to achieve their missions and ensure better health outcomes,” said Amy Caro, vice president of Health IT programs for Northrop Grumman.

    Northrop Grumman will showcase its mobile health applications and introduce its innovative GOmobile clinician tablet, a custom application that simplifies and streamlines the documentation of electronic records for clinicians. The application provides an intuitive interface that allows the clinician to record, view and analyze a patient’s health information and enter updates in real time from either their personal computer or tablet. Although designed for military health clinicians, the application can be customized to interact with any electronic health record. Northrop Grumman will also demonstrate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Blue Button mobile application, an online tool that allows patients to easily access and download their health information.

    Northrop Grumman presentations on the show floor also include an overview of the company’s support to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Northrop Grumman designed and developed – and operates and maintains – the National Level Repository system, which allows CMS to determine appropriate incentive payments under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and supports the administration and incentive payment disbursements to medical professionals, hospitals and other organizations. The company also developed a predictive modeling system to identify high-risk claims in support of CMS’ National Fraud Prevention system that helps prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and other improper payments under the Medicare program.

    Northrop Grumman will also demonstrate its analytics and informatics capabilities, including the Integrated Health Analytics Platform (iHAP), a new analytical decision support tool that increases understanding of the systematic impacts of health diseases and health conditions to help health leaders make more informed health care policy decisions. Another application will show how a collaborative analysis of multimedia sources provides a framework for exploring disparate unstructured data feeds to help an analyst identify the potential pathogens and affected populations during a foodborne illness outbreak. Also featured will be the Hospital Acquired Infections Mobile Application, which enables all relevant electronic data to be queried from hospital systems for a patient suspected of having a hospital-acquired infection. The system helps the infection prevention specialist analyze available data, identify additional relevant data needed and suggest case identification.

    Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of IT solutions and services supporting the Global Health Community. Through the integration of health expertise and information technology, the company supports national health goals to enhance benefits systems solutions, increase the quality and efficiency of the decision making process and improve the health of the population. Northrop Grumman brings together highly qualified health and IT professionals whose combined knowledge ensures innovative health systems and advanced analytics leading to better health outcomes. Please visit                                       

    Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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  • The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust Rolls Out World’s Largest Implementation of a Real-time Location System and Workflow Software

    Awarepoint solution helps leading United Kingdom facility improve patient flow, equipment tracking, and hand hygiene compliance

    SAN DIEGO – February 16, 2012Awarepoint Corporation, the leading provider of real-time location system (RTLS) solutions for healthcare, announced today that The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust (the Trust) in the United Kingdom has implemented the first phases of its real-time location system (RTLS) to improve patient flow, equipment tracking, and hand hygiene compliance. The RTLS data, as well as extensive data from other systems, is processed through the Awarepoint Rules Engine to help facilitate the flow of patients through the hospital, improving throughput times and creating a more healing environment.

    “Like hospitals in other countries, we face the challenge of delivering the highest quality care at a time of severely constrained resources and staffing,” said David Loughton, chief executive of The Trust. “The enterprise-wide implementation of Awarepoint software gives us the ability to care for patients more quickly and provides staff with additional information they need to make decisions. Faster treatment and more efficient processes result in better outcomes and lower clinical, administrative, and operational costs.”

    The Awarepoint system was first implemented in a ward of the hospital designed to handle injured and sick patients who also suffer from Dementia. The system quickly proved to provide staff with the critical information they needed to care for patients.

    “The work Awarepoint did in conjunction with our new care standards for dementia patients was groundbreaking. We are committed to delivering the best and safest care possible. The work Awarepoint did with us shows that they are committed to the same standards. We look forward to partnering with Awarepoint as we move the system throughout the Trust,” said Loughton.

    The aware360° Suite that the Trust installed translates real-time data into actionable intelligence.

    Awarepoint performed an extensive analysis of the Trust’s workflow and that workflow could then be mapped into the software. As the software received location data from the RTLS and additional data from other hospital systems, it processed that data against the workflow mapping. When specific types of care need to be provided to a patient, the system alerts the staff member responsible for the care. The software constantly monitors all patients in the 800-bed facility looking for events that caregivers need to know occurred. When those events occur, the caregivers are alerted. This constant monitoring and alerting allows care to be given in a more timely manner, resulting in shorter hospital stays and higher patient satisfaction.

    “We are proud our technology is playing a crucial role in advancing the Trust’s vision of being a first-class hospital providing top quality and safe care in every way,” said Jay Deady, president and CEO of Awarepoint. “While most facilities typically apply RTLS to track and monitor the location of clinicians, patients and portable equipment, the Trust is utilizing the technology to its full range of capabilities, serving as an international and pioneering model for other organizations seeking to transform health delivery and financial outcomes through proven, leading edge software.”

    About Awarepoint Corporation

    Awarepoint provides the only complete RTLS solution optimizing healthcare workflow for improving asset management and availability, optimal patient flow, and increasing care team efficiency.

    The company’s aware360°Suite provides unmatched real-time location system (RTLS) technology, best-in-class software, and fully managed services for the healthcare enterprise. By improving asset, patient, and personnel visibility across the enterprise, the aware360°Suite allows administrators and care providers to advance the Quality, Efficiency, Experience, and Economics of care. For more information, visit

    About The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

    The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust (The Trust) was established in 1994 and is one of the largest acute providers in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. It provides a comprehensive range of services for the people of Wolverhampton, the wider Black Country, South Staffordshire, North Worcestershire, and Shropshire. The Trust gained Cancer Centre status in 1997, was designated as the 4th Regional Heart & Lung Centre during 2004/05 and became one of the first wave Bowel Screening Centres in 2006.

    The Trust is the largest teaching hospital in the Black Country providing teaching and training to around 130 medical students on rotation from the University of Birmingham Medical School. Providing training for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals through well-established links with the University of Wolverhampton, the Trust has an operating budget of £350 million, 800 beds including 27 intensive care beds and 14 neonatal intensive care cots and employs almost 5000 staff. In 2008/09 the Trust treated more than 670,000 patients at hospital and community sites across the West Midlands.

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