Blizzard Jan 2016

Hello. This is John from the ride service. Which hospital is your destination and what is your pickup location.”

These were the words which greeted every caller during the severe winter storm afflicting Northern Virginia from January 22-24, 2016 which dumped three feet of snow in 36 hours.  The weather forced Emergency Room and other hospital staff to remain at the hospital until relief shifts could arrive, and stranded discharged patients who arrived by ambulance since no taxis or ride services were able to operate.

During the height of the storm, which during Saturday afternoon and evening delivered 35 mph winds and 1-2 inches of snow per hour, and for the following days until traditional ride services could operate on the roads, Edmond Scientific provided snow emergency ride services to hospital staff and patients.  Edmond Scientific ride services supported INOVA Emergency Access in Fairfax and the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Complex, transporting patients home and hospital staff to and from their homes, often which were on unplowed streets.  In all, the Edmond Scientific driver logged more than 500 miles averaging about 1.5 hours per trip through the storm, and provided services from 5:30 AM through 12 PM for nearly three days.

Little did any of the riders know that the driver was none other than Edmond Scientific President and CEO John Pitale, and his trusty sidekick and son Ivan (needed for help in digging the ruggedized Jeep out when it was inevitably stuck) taking a break from running the company and leaving the warmth of home and family to provide this needed service.

Edmond Scientific Awarded Patent for NextGen Identity and Authorization Solution

As identity management and authorization technologies evolve, organizations struggle to determine how to modernize and remain interoperable within their business units or across divisions. Implementing or modernizing to newer security protocols and technologies such as SAML, OAuth, OpenID from legacy technologies can render authentication and authorization systems incompatible, and make it difficult to enforce policies uniformly. Migrating to uniform enterprise identity and access management technologies can be disruptive and complex.

Edmond Scientific has developed a complete and comprehensive Identity Management and Authorization solution that can support both legacy and modern applications, and provide a single service for all identity and access management needs across the enterprise. At the core of this resides Edmond’s patented Hybrid Authorization Control System (H-ACS) which integrates and harmonizes, in a single solution, a complete set of identity and authorization management technologies including OAuth, OpenID Connect, User-Managed Authorization (UMA), XACML, and SAML together with the interconnecting protocols and required client-side connectors. This solution enables a hybrid identity and authorization ecosystem in which both traditional and modern services can coexist and interact.  For cross-domain information exchange and interoperability, it enables a continuous security fabric utilizing identity management and authentication mechanisms in any protocol, without the need to convert legacy systems or create joint user directories.

Further information on related Edmond Scientific services may be found in NextGen Authorization Services.

Edmond Scientific Leads Quality and Business Process Improvement Efforts for Information System Management Division at Defense Health Agency (DHA)

Falls Church, Virginia

Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) was awarded a contract to support the Solution Delivery Division (SDD) Program Executive Office (PEO) at the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to manage a comprehensive Quality System and Business Process Improvement (BPI) effort.  SDD manages the acquisition, delivery, integration, and sustainment of information technology products and solutions throughout the Military Health System to include clinical, resource management, logistics, and health information systems.

ESC manages all Quality Assurance/Process Improvement processes by providing Government Program and Product Managers with a quality management approach that ensures repeatable processes, identifies opportunities for improvement, and provides a structured and measurable approach from planning through operations.  ESC efforts also include conducting a comprehensive Risk Management program to include identifying, capturing, and providing mitigation plans for major program and contract risks; a Measurement and Analysis (M&A) and Earned Value Management (EVM) program to include tracking and reporting of product and organization progress, trends, problems, and costs; and an Integration Management effort that includes schedule management and coordination across the more than thirty independent and cross-dependent systems.

ESC was selected based upon our strength in applying our experience and ability to bring innovation to Quality Assurance (QA) and Process/Performance Improvement programs.  By leveraging our experience implementing and managing QA, CMMI and ISO 9001/20000 programs along with a technical staff driven by a service-oriented philosophy, we are able to provide benefit through long-term, sustained improvements to organizational performance.  For SDD, ESC maintains process conformance and quality measurement across the three tiers of organization, product, and program level reporting and includes risk and schedule management to ensure work product completion throughout the organization.  ESC manages and executes quality processes and measurement across various functional areas to include:

  • Business Infrastructure
  • Acquisition Management
  • Project Management
  • Requirements Management and Development
  • Acquisition
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Production and Agile Development
  • Configuration Management
  • Risk and Schedule Management
  • Information Assurance
  • Earned Value Measurement, Audit and Analysis
  • Engineering
  • Training

 

Edmond Scientific Manages Strategic Communications and Public Outreach Efforts for Defense Health Agency (DHA)

Chantilly, Virginia                                                                                                                        October, 2015

Highly performing organizations focus on improving outcomes and results with the resources on hand, and strategic communications is a key feature in the ability to align actions with policies and plans, engage with stakeholders and audiences to promote understanding and coordination, and demonstrate value by highlighting real performance and results.  Strategic communications doesn’t just happen.  It happens because plans are made to improve performance, goals and success metrics are determined, stakeholders for coordination and success are engaged, target audiences are identified, synchronized messages that align to goals are developed, and appropriate communications channels are efficiently used to deliver a clear and consistent message.

This is especially true for government agencies in transformation.  The reorganization of military health organizations into the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and the consolidation of the Defense Health Clinical Systems (DHCS) and Defense Health Services Systems (DHSS) into the Solutions Delivery Division (SDD) created great challenges in planning, defining and measuring success, maintaining intra-agency and interagency coordination, and communicating intentions and actions to users and system stakeholders.  Strategic communications is essential to facilitating change management associated with major Agency and Division initiatives.

Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) was selected to provide leadership and management of SDD’s strategic communications and outreach efforts.  Efforts focus on communicating the Division’s strategic message to include policies and plans; synchronizing information from various stakeholders and operational activities; communicating system- or product-specific information to promote user awareness and engagement; and demonstrating value and effective resource management by communicating performance improvements and savings to sponsors and customers.  All this is powered by web analytic tools to capture macro and micro performance metrics and activity, and a dedicated Metrics and Analysis (M&A) effort to capture Agency performance and process metrics as part of an Edmond Scientific Quality System and Business Process Improvement (BPI) effort.

The result is a coordinated business transformation that maintains alignment with goals and promotes awareness and understanding throughout the organization.  Success is achieved through comprehensive communications planning and execution by expert staff that is able to optimize media and communications channels with cost-effective tools, techniques, and strategies to deliver a customized, coherent message through a variety of artifacts.  Edmond Scientific’s benefit is that we provide a cost-effective solution and experienced staff to help demonstrate value, highlight success, communicate and coordinate information flow, and facilitate the continued ability to effectively utilize resources to improve performance and delivery.

Edmond Scientific Providing Medical/Scientific Researchers for Chemical Poisoning and Treatment

Chantilly, Virginia                                                                                                                        October 2015

The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) is a world leader in the discovery and development of medical products, treatment protocols, and solutions against chemical poisoning and threats through research and development.   As the only remaining U.S. facility performing live agent research into the exposure and effects of chemical warfare agents (CWAs), USAMRICD is a key component of our national deterrent and tactical defensive capabilities.  Whether it is developing accurate markers and sensitive methods of detecting exposure, evaluating the use of human recombinant PON1 (rePON1) to increase survival to exposure, or investigating adaptive biological responses as potential therapeutic targets to reduce the toxic effects of exposure, USAMRICD research and efforts are crucial not just to the warfighter, but to the American people.

Advancing treatment and countermeasures against chemical agents such as VX, GD, GB, sulfur mustard (HD), other organophosphates, and commercial compounds such as ammonia requires a range of very specific skills and specialties. Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) provides researchers in biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, biochemistry, physiology, and immunology as well as laboratory support staff to help advance USAMRICD’s military mission and the nation’s civil defense preparedness. Among other areas, ESC supports current research in the evaluation of anticholinergic and antiglutamatergic ligands, medical countermeasures to attenuate neuropathological and behavioral consequences, the use of cannabinoids as adjunct to standard therapy, and assessments of treatment strategies for accidental inhalation of industrial chemicals such as ammonia.  In addition to advancing protection of U.S. Military Forces and civil defense, some of the research has dual-use in that it is also relevant to treatment of chronic pain, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer’s.

EDMOND SCIENTIFIC COMPANY on Winning Team for VA’s Scheduling Contest: Awarded 3rd Prize in VA Contest for Health IT Transformation

Helping Veterans make Appointments for VA Outpatient Ambulatory Care by Creating Systems that are Compatible with Open Source VistA

                                                             VETERANS DAY

In 2012, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a prize contest under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act.  The purpose of the contest was to encourage development of systems that help Veterans schedule appointments to receive outpatient and ambulatory care from the VHA.

The contest was opened up to the Health Information Technology (HIT) industry, effectively encouraging a collaborative approach with industry and VA, using open standards in an open-community development initiative.  The benefits resulting from the VA casting a wide-net across industry were enormous and resulted in creating an open-source solution.  As an additional outcome of the contest, the VA sought to obtain information to reduce the risks inherent in procurement and deployment of a replacement Medical Scheduling Platform (MSP).

The VA uses MSP, a component in its VistA electronic health record (EHR) system, to bring patients, clinicians and other resources together so health care can be delivered.  The MSP also captures data that allows VA to measure, manage and improve access to care, quality of care, operating efficiency and operating and capital resources.  VA intended to replace the current MSP with a standards-based, modular, extensible and scalable, certified as compliant and fully interoperable with the production version of VistA now held by the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA).  The replacement product will deliver privacy, security, data integrity, patient accessibility, interoperability and other services required by federal law, regulations and VA policy.

VA anticipates that compatibility with Open Source VistA will be among the requirements in any subsequent procurement of a replacement for the MSP.  Demonstration of open source compatibility in this contest was taken into consideration in the rating of proposals in any subsequent procurement.

One of the contest winners, the HP team’s “Open-community” solution included team member, Edmond Scientific Company.   Referring to their work on the  award-winning HP team, an Edmond spokesperson said, “Edmond contributed the rapid development of an integration architecture based on industry standards which was supported by open source implementations.  This in turn could be used for the pilot. The integration architecture defined the collaboration between the subsystem teams to achieve the user stories.  Our submission was focused on VA’s long-term need and less so on the contest criteria, but explored some of the most difficult challenges.”

The prize money from this contest have been donated to the following Veterans Service Organization (VSO): Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Disabled American Veterans Association, Fischer House and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

ABOUT EDMOND SCIENTIFIC COMPANY

Edmond Scientific Company (www.edmondsci.com ) is a professional services firm that creates innovative business solutions in the realm of health data sharing consent and privacy policy interoperability, advancing the Cross-Enterprise Security and Privacy Authorization (XSPA) standard for health information access.  As a leader in the management, development and implementation of enterprise data security and privacy, ESC technology solutions focus on patient authorized release architecture and modeling, and electronic patient consent authorization.  Our engineers have drafted the Authorization Framework standards for data transfer among Health Information Exchanges, to provide secure, interoperable solutions in the federal and commercial markets.

Edmond Scientific Company Leading Advancement of FHIR Interoperability and Testing

Chantilly, VA                                                                                                                                  January 15, 2014

Edmond Scientific will present its latest R&D to the Application Implementation and Design (AID) at the upcoming HL7 Working group (WG) session in January 2014.  Edmond’s focus for the WG presentation is upon advancing the FHIR standard by improving its interoperability and testing of payloads with XML supplemental schemas.  Supplemental schemas add to the FHIR schemas to define the fine grained model, dealing with structures like blood pressure and heart rate that are not specifically defined in FHIR.

Edmond discovered the shortcoming in the XML schema when developing style sheets for displaying FHIR payloads, and realized the standard needed development of a fine grained model for interoperability in healthcare.

The fact that Edmond advanced a new methodology to develop the fine grained schema means organizations can validate and test a payload against the schemas.  This will speed adaptation and implementation of the FHIR standard by allowing industry-standard tools such as Eclipse to test payloads, obviating the need for custom tools to test healthcare exchanges using FHIR.

Edmond is exploring the possibility of using the technique to possibly also test payloads for CDA/CCDA and other HL7 standards.  The application of Model-Driven Health Tools (MDHT) is also being investigated in order to derive these fine-grained XML schemas from a UML model.

ABOUT EDMOND SCIENTIFIC COMPANY

Edmond Scientific Company (www.edmondsci.com ) is an engineering and professional services company that delivers cost-effective solutions designed to address the unique information sharing and protection needs of our Healthcare, Public Sector and Commercial sector clients.  Edmond brings to your organization the governance, engineering, application development, and domain expertise needed to provide secure, interoperable information solutions.

EDMOND SCIENTIFIC Wins 3rd Prize in VA Scheduling Contest for Health IT Transformation

Helping the Department of Veterans Affairs Implement a Cost-Effective, Open-Source Appointment Scheduling Application that is Interoperable with Legacy Enterprise Applications and Data

November 11, 2013                                          VETERANS DAY

In 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a prize contest under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act to encourage development of systems that help Veterans schedule appointments to receive outpatient and ambulatory care from the VHA.  The contest was opened up to the Health Information Technology (HIT) industry, effectively encouraging a collaborative approach with industry and VA, using open standards in an open-community development initiative.  The benefits resulting from the VA casting a wide-net across industry were enormous and resulted in creating an open-source solution.  As an additional outcome of the contest, the VA sought to obtain information to reduce the risks inherent in procurement and deployment of a replacement Medical Scheduling Platform (MSP).

The VA uses MSP, a component in its VistA electronic health record (EHR) system, to bring patients, clinicians and other resources together so health care can be delivered.  The MSP also captures data that allows VA to measure, manage and improve access to care, quality of care, operating efficiency and operating and capital resources.  The VA intended to replace the current MSP with a standards-based, modular, extensible, scalable, and certified as compliant with the production version of VistA, now held by the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA).  The replacement product will deliver privacy, security, data integrity, patient accessibility, interoperability and other services required by federal law, regulations and VA policy.

As a key member of the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Open Source Community Team Submission, Edmond Scientific provided the architecture and integration support between VistA and open source scheduling applications.  This included enhancements to legacy VistA Scheduling through integration with other VistA packages requiring support, thereby reducing implementation risks.  The solution contained a scheduling Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to establish an authoritative service for cross-facility scheduling complexity, optimization and with enterprise considerations taken into account,  Integration to Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) and Open Source Software (OSS) products provided the functionality, such as a scheduling engine and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).  The open source business rules engine provides an adaptive, supportive, and flexible approach for managing complexity of business logic and workflow associated with medical appointment scheduling.   The solution also included open Application Programming Interfaces (API) for the SOA services to minimize the impact of cross-package dependencies within and beyond VistA, eliminating direct dependencies.

VA anticipates that compatibility with Open Source VistA will be among the requirements in any subsequent procurement of a replacement for the MSP.  Demonstration of open source compatibility in this contest was taken into consideration in the rating of proposals in any subsequent procurement.

Edmond’s Practice Director Tony Mallia states of his work on the award-winning contest submission “We contributed the rapid development of an integration architecture based on industry standards which was supported by open source implementations.  This in turn could be used for the pilot. The integration architecture defined the collaboration between the subsystem teams to achieve the user stories.  Our submission was focused on VA’s long-term need and less so on the contest criteria, but explored some of the most difficult challenges.”

On Veterans Day, November 11th, 2013, Edmond Scientific President and CEO John Pitale, himself a Desert Storm combat veteran, will participate in the activities surrounding the HP Team donation.  The $520,000 in prize money from this contest is being fully donated to the following Veterans Service Organization (VSO):  $350,000 to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), $150,000 to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Association, and $10,000 each to both Fischer House and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

ABOUT EDMOND SCIENTIFIC COMPANY

Edmond Scientific Company (www.edmondsci.com ) is an engineering and professional services company that delivers cost-effective solutions designed to address the unique information protection and information sharing needs of our Healthcare, Public Sector and Commercial sector clients.  Edmond brings to your organization the architectural governance, integration engineering, application development, and expertise needed to provide secure, interoperable information solutions.

As a leading researcher and validator of security and information standards in information exchange, we also help organizations navigate and effectively implement interoperable solutions to provide secure information access that bridges incompatible protocols and standards, thus avoiding the costly impact of compliance and non-interoperability on your application development and business performance.

 

Edmond Scientific Company Supports Veterans Service Organizations with Donation of Prize Money

VETERANS DAY                                                                                                        November 11, 2013                  

As part of Veterans Week, Edmond Scientific Company will travel to New York for the ceremonies surrounding their donation of prize money awarded as 3rd Place winner in the “VA Scheduling Contest.   Other activities on the lineup for Edmond Scientific include a tour of the 9/11 Memorial, attendance at the IAVA Gala, and meeting the recipients of their donation, several Veterans Service Organizations (VSO).

Edmond Scientific President and CEO John Pitale, himself a Desert Storm combat veteran, travelled into the city to participate in the ceremonies.   He was in good company, as a member of the HP Open Source Community, who were awarded the $520,000 in prize money.  This prize for excellence is being fully donated to the following VSOs:  $350,000 to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), $150,000 to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Association, and $10,000 each to both Fischer House and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

After the personally-guided VIP tour of the 9/11 Memorial built on Ground Zero, Edmond Scientific will attend The IAVA Heroes Gala, the premier event of Veterans Week in New York.  Jon Stewart, the host of “The Daily Show” will be honored with the 2013 IAVA Civilian Service Award for his steadfast commitment to the veteran community, providing extensive coverage to the VA disability claims backlog and shining a spotlight on veterans and their struggles waiting for decisions on their claims.  Additionally, IAVA will honor former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta with the 2013 IAVA Veterans Leadership Award for his remarkable service to our country.

Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta was introduced by President Barack Obama as being “as humble as he is courageous” when he was presented with our nation’s highest military decoration – the Congressional Medal of Honor – for his heroic actions during combat in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.  His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to the team’s survival and led to his selection of being the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. A true American hero and the author of Living with Honor (Fall 2012), Giunta inspires audiences with his story of unwavering courage.

ABOUT EDMOND SCIENTIFIC COMPANY

Edmond Scientific Company (www.edmondsci.com ) is an engineering and professional services company that delivers cost-effective solutions designed to address the unique information protection and information sharing needs of our Healthcare, Public Sector and Commercial sector clients.  Edmond brings to your organization the architectural governance, integration engineering, application development, and expertise needed to provide secure, interoperable information solutions.

As a leading researcher and validator of security and information standards in information exchange, we also help organizations navigate and effectively implement interoperable solutions to provide secure information access that bridges incompatible protocols and standards, thus avoiding the costly impact of compliance and non-interoperability on your application development and business performance.

 

 

Edmond Scientific Company Demonstrates HL7 Healthcare Classification System and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKHUdiLcC0w