Physician informaticist Bart Harmon has been named chief medical officer of Harris Corp., Melbourne, Fla., a provider of communications information technology for the defense, intelligence and security services and government. Harmon retired Aug. 31, 2007, from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He had served as a medical informaticist with the Military Health System, including development work on the Armed forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, or AHLTA, electronic health-record system, a 2005 renaming of the Composite Health Care System II.
Harmon, 48, who has been with Harris since early September 2007, said the company is still developing its healthcare strategy within its newly formed Harris Health Solutions unit, which aims to transfer its expertise in communication technology to healthcare applications in government and the private sector.
Harmon said Harris has "very deep expertise" coming from a number of industries, including broadcasting, aviation and national intelligence that are applicable to healthcare. One field with promise is in communications network management. Harris provides a service for critical mission applications such as air traffic control in which it can guarantee message delivery within a given time. Harmon said it's a service "that sits on top of the network capacity and can schedule what needs to go where and when." Moving large image files is another area of expertise.
Harmon said Harris has done some work managing clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute, but it will be making its public launch of its healthcare services at the upcoming Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society trade show Feb. 24-28 in Orlando, Fla. -- by Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer
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