Working Together for Better Health Care Outcomes

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Lockheed Martin Opens Center for Health Care Innovation Alongside Customers, Partners and Students in Baltimore, Md.

Whether you are 18 years old or 80, chances are that you are paying more attention to your health and wellness than ever before. Today’s technologies enable you to track your calories or chart your sleep patterns, giving you greater insight into your body and its performance. This demand for data and better decisions doesn’t stop at the individual: health care providers and organizations are investigating how to operate more efficiently and provide better outcomes to their patients.

What’s the common denominator for the individual and for health care organizations? Data. Lockheed Martin is applying its information technology (IT) and systems integration experience to help health care customers better manage flows of information. The company’s new Center for Health Innovation in Baltimore, Md. offers a collaborative environment for engineering secure and efficient health care solutions. Today’s grand opening event brought together health care partners, customers, academia and students to share ideas on how we can work together to improve health care.

Students Tackle Health Data Challenge

Preparing to address our country’s health care challenges requires tapping into tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians today to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). When only 31% of STEM degrees are awarded to women, it’s even more critical to support girls in science and technology. The Center for Health Innovation provides an information-rich space where students can engage in science and health care curriculum and programming to learn more about careers in the field.

During the grand opening, students from Baltimore’s Western High School Biomedical Sciences program presented their findings from Lockheed Martin’s first-ever public health STEM challenge. Following weeks of investigation, the teams provided recommendations for health care stakeholders when considering the intersection between public health and an individual’s right to privacy. Biomedical Sciences program lead teacher Dr. Damien Myers stated, “The STEM challenge provided an opportunity for students to collaborate among themselves and have brainstorming sessions with industry leaders from Lockheed Martin. This experience was invaluable and it fosters the kind of critical thinking that educators continually strive to achieve in a classroom setting."

Enabling Proactive Care

Another benefit of the Center for Health Innovation is providing an information-rich, interactive space for Lockheed Martin and customers to collaborate on new solutions. At the grand opening, the company recognized two doctors from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for their partnership in bringing technology, IT and innovation together to advance health care. “Dr. Bernard Fogel and Dr. David Seo are true mission partners who have embodied the ideal that, when industry and academia work together, we can move health care forward,” said Karoom Brown, director of business development at Lockheed Martin.

The company will partner with the University of Miami to help them manage health care data, develop predictive models that aid in risk identification, and build new systems that ensure providers have real-time information to enhance patient care.

 “While an enormous amount of patient information is available in our electronic medical record, this partnership will help us come up with actionable data that is truly important for the patient the physician is taking care of,” said David Seo, M.D., University of Miami’s Chief Research Information Officer and Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the Miller School.  “This information should not just be about the patient’s past. We need a data environment that can do complex statistical analysis to help us move away from reactive medicine and toward proactive medicine, in which we get to patients before they get sick and prevent the disease from occurring.”

Unlocking knowledge from data to support more informed decisions is beneficial across the health care space – whether you’re a doctor caring for patients, a federal agency managing health care for our citizens, or an individual tracking your own wellness. The Center for Health Innovation is now open to spur collaboration in better managing data to move health care forward.

Posted November 4, 2013.

highlights
  • The new Center for Health Innovation in Baltimore, Md. offers a collaborative environment for engineering secure and efficient health care solutions.
  • Health care providers and organizations are investigating how to use data and information technology (IT) to operate more efficiently and provide better outcomes for their patients.
  • Lockheed Martin is applying its IT and systems integration experience to help health care customers better manage flows of information.

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