Q&A: Meeting the Demands of Digital Health


Lockheed Martin VP of Health & Life Sciences Glenn Kurowski (left) and QTC, a Lockheed Martin company, CEO Jason Seibel (right) at the Health Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in New Orleans, La.

Today, everything’s gone digital. How you pay your bills, how you plan your trips and how you connect with others. We expect that the digital technologies we use in our private and business lives should integrate seamlessly when it comes to our personal health. At Lockheed Martin, we’re applying our systems engineering expertise, our data scientists and our mission know-how to help health organizations provide more efficient and secure healthcare. Here, Vice President of Health & Life Sciences Glenn Kurowski explains how.

When we think Lockheed Martin, we think fighter jets and defense. What’s the company doing for health?

Systems engineering is at the core of many Lockheed Martin programs. My team is taking that expertise to engineer solutions that help healthcare institutions be more secure and efficient.

For example, hospitals and healthcare systems have been focused on product installation; now they are realizing they aren’t ready for the data deluge – they aren’t ready to leverage the data they’re gathering. To navigate this new digital world, which involves a greater degree of data management and security requirements than ever, strong system engineering is critical. Our results-oriented approach first defines the outcomes our healthcare clients need, and then engineers ways to meet those outcomes while reducing risk and more efficiently using staff.

How does Lockheed Martin help healthcare systems manage the “data deluge”?

For decades, we have leveraged complex intelligence and sensor data to help our nation’s defense and intelligence customers. We’re applying that legacy of success to healthcare: for example, we’re developing data platforms with analytics that enable higher-quality outcomes, analytics for the early detection of acute disease and analytics for pro-active patient identification from a vast set of electronic health records.

How does Lockheed Martin’s work in the healthcare environment impact me?

Part of Lockheed Martin’s role in healthcare is help providers and care systems “bring it all together” – to manage their data in ways that help them be more effective. We have extensive experience in that area; in the defense and intelligence fields, we’re used to acquiring large volumes of data, analyzing that data and providing real-time situational awareness. Those same capabilities translate well to medicine, where it’s imperative that caretakers have the right information, at the right time, to provide patients with optimal care.

But all this digitization and interoperability comes at a price: a new enhanced risk of cyber security threats. We’re applying our sensors, cyber intelligence and threat information sharing to help keep your health information private. We’re also providing measures so that a 5 mg dose of medicine doesn’t become a 500 mg dose of patient risk. 

What about the future of healthcare? Does Lockheed Martin play a role there?

Absolutely! As genomics bring about the promise of personalized medicine, we’re enabling information systems and cyber security solutions for the massive data sets and analytics necessary.

In the Life Sciences area, we are bringing the concept of DNA sample-to-answer in under 90 minutes to reality. Our work in microfluidics and DNA chemistries is nearly complete with a product called IntrepID S2A-90™ that revolutionizes the rapid DNA market.

Can you share specific examples of Lockheed Martin in healthcare?

Our team provides a variety of services for numerous commercial and federal healthcare institutions. We helped the National Institutes of Health incorporate cloud computing. Every day, we serve veterans across the nation, providing examination services with integrated case management solutions.

Another example is our work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Emergency Operations Center. Since 2007, we provided 24/7/365 staffing and training for the CDC’s emergency hotline and are now partnering with them on a dashboard that will enable federal, state and local agencies to share data more quickly and effectively in real-time.

Posted March 4, 2013


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