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Northrop Grumman Appoints Sam Shekar as Chief Medical Officer

Northrop Grumman Corporation has named Sam Shekar, MD, MPH, as chief medical officer in the company’s information systems sector.

Shekar will provide strategic direction for Northrop HIT business and will serve as an adviser to the healthcare and public health community, customers, partners, and government agencies and healthcare organizations on technology and health policy issues in the medical, clinical, and public health fields.

Shekar served as a physician consultant prior to joining Northrop Grumman. Previously, he spent 21 years with the U.S. Public Health Service. A former assistant surgeon general and rear admiral, Shekar has held executive-level health policy management positions at the Office of Public Health and Science, the National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. He also worked as a medical officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

— Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation


Rick Bisson Joins NEMT Executive Team

New England Medical Transcription (NEMT) recently announced the addition of Rick Bisson to the executive team as the director of business development, responsible for bringing on new clients.

Bisson comes to NEMT from Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine, where he served as the marketing and communications director since 2004 and was directly responsible for increasing international student enrollment by 100% in two years.

In his new position at NEMT, Bisson will work to grow NEMT’s client base and develop new business for the company.

— Source: New England Medical Transcription


NACDS: HIT Vital to Helping Patients Take Medications Correctly

In a statement submitted as part of a congressional hearing, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) continued its campaign to raise awareness of pharmacies’ ability to help patients take their medications correctly, save and improve lives, and reduce healthcare costs. The NACDS highlighted the importance of technology-based strategies such as e-prescribing and EMRs.

“Chain pharmacy has been on the leading edge of the adoption of HIT for many years,” the NACDS wrote. “We have been actively involved in fostering the use of technology to improve the quality of patient care and developing standards to allow the exponential growth of HIT in pharmacy practice. Pharmacy HIT systems assist pharmacy with providing critical patient care services such as medication therapy management (MTM) and evaluation of patients’ adherence to prescribed drug therapy regimens, in addition to providing pharmacists with information on patients’ prescribed drugs, potential drug-to-drug interactions, and drug dosing.”

MTM refers to counseling by pharmacists and other steps to help patients improve their health by taking medications correctly and by reducing the risk of adverse events. The NACDS emphasizes that such counseling requires reliable patient information and that e-prescribing “is the most critical prerequisite for the adoption and use of electronic health records and other forms of HIT.”

The NACDS urged the inclusion of pharmacy in programs designed to foster widespread HIT adoption. “As the most consumer-accessible healthcare provider, pharmacy’s critical role should be recognized in the development of an interoperable healthcare system. As such, pharmacies should be considered for any grant or incentive funding that fosters further adoption of HIT,” the organization indicated.

— Source: National Association of Chain Drug Stores


Foundation Radiology Group Forms Strategic Partnership With Acusis

Pittsburgh-based Foundation Radiology Group, a provider of diagnostic imaging professional services, has announced a strategic partnership with Acusis, a national provider of outsourced medical transcription services for hospitals, clinics, and physician practices.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Acusis delivers healthcare solutions that are designed to improve the productivity and efficiency of medical practitioners by consistently delivering transcriptions within predefined turnaround times.

Foundation Radiology Group brings the subspecialty expertise of a skilled team of radiologists to community hospitals using a combination of on-site radiology and teleradiology services. These services allow smaller rural hospitals to offer the same level of expertise as larger urban hospitals and to keep funds in their local medical communities.

— Source: Foundation Radiology Group