Smartronix Buys Cogon to Aid Military Health Care

Aug 14th, 2010 | By technologynews | Category: Technology

Government
IT contractor Smartronix has purchased health care IT and consulting company
Cogon Systems, a move that will allow clients in federal agencies and the
military to share and store patient information in Cogon’s HIE, or health
information exchange, platform.

Current
Cogon CEO Dr. Huy Nguyen will remain as head
of the organization under Smartronix’s ownership.

Smartronix,
based in Hollywood, Md.,
makes cyber-security, health care IT and enterprise software products for the
Defense and Homeland Security departments as well as the Transportation
Security Administration.

The
company’s existing health care IT offerings include software for medical
systems and data warehousing.

“The
addition of Cogon, its visionary leadership and its intellectual property [is]
a great complement to Smartronix’s growing health information technology
business,” Smartronix CEO John Parris
said in a statement. “We are confident that our network operations,
enterprise software solutions and cyber-security core competencies will assist
in leveraging and augmenting Cogon Systems’ Virtual Health Network
platform.”

The
Cogon VHN is an SOA (service-oriented architecture) that provides enterprises
with business logic flexibility, network scalability, data interoperability and
application extensibility, according to Cogon’s Website.

Cogon
said the VHN allows for the storing and sharing of electronic medical records
between the Department of Defense and commercial hospitals. The VHN includes
information on patient demographics, medication, test results, allergies and
physician diagnoses.

The
federal government mandates that health care providers use HIEs to qualify for
stimulus funds, explained Judy Hanover, research manager for IDC Health Insights. “Health information exchange is one of
several technologies that are required for provider organizations to
demonstrate meaningful use and become eligible for federal incentives under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act … of 2009, and is currently a focus of
investment for provider organizations,” she told eWEEK.

Companies
will continue to adopt HIEs through 2014 to maximize ARRA incentives and to
avoid incurring penalties by 2015, Hanover
noted.

HIEs were a top priority for 47 percent of IT professionals
surveyed recently by Embarcadero
Technologies,
an application development and database management company.
Embarcadero announced the results July 19.

Meanwhile,
Verizon Business unveiled an HIE in the cloud on July 14 to provide a standard format
for sharing health information. Verizon’s Health Information Exchange runs on the
Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base platform.

Smartronix
announced its purchase of Cogon on Aug. 11.

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