As hospitals and laboratories rapidly introduce new technologies, the need for "plug-and-play" interoperability—the ability to take a medical device out of its box and easily make it work with an organization’s other devices—draws significant attention from both healthcare providers and industry.
ManTech supports virtually all interoperability capabilities for one of the largest healthcare providers in the United States: the Military Health System (MHS). Using modern transaction and payload standards, we have upgraded one of the longest-running and highest-volume health information exchanges for greater performance and interoperability. These upgrades allow the MHS, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and many commercial organizations and health information exchanges with which they work to coordinate care more effectively.
Images are critical to diagnostics and patient care. Today, the availability of electronic services, along with the ability to store, manage, and use images in digital form, can help streamline healthcare delivery. The challenge is making image data available to healthcare providers and other practitioners. While healthcare imaging focuses on the capture and maintenance of images associated with clinical care procedures such as X-rays and CT scans, digital imaging services and technologies are also crucial to fostering greater use of electronic health records. Healthcare providers increasingly require patient health data accessible from a single location.
In designing and implementing IT solutions to support imaging, ManTech focuses on two distinct yet complementary objectives: interoperability and functionality. Imaging solutions must be designed, developed, and integrated to work with other records where and when they are needed. And imaging solutions must also satisfy functional requirements that derive from business processes or use cases that image data will support. ManTech's experience shows that developing a clear understanding of the context in which imaging services will be used helps to clarify and meet requirements.
Successful delivery of IT requires effective integration of complex capabilities according to standard, repeatable methodologies with sufficient flexibility to adapt to changing operational requirements and internal and external environmental constraints. Integration services projects in the federal health arena demand expert knowledge of health IT standards, legal and regulatory requirements, and operational characteristics of major clinical systems such as electronic health records and health information exchanges.
ManTech provides proven methods and processes for requirements specification, technical planning and design, solution engineering, and testing and validation of developed and implemented compo¬nents. We bring the functional knowledge and technical expertise to leverage available technologies and solutions while addressing agency-specific requirements and conforming to relevant standards, particularly those recognized for federal health IT programs. ManTech also provides the technical validation necessary to ensure that mission or business areas receive the level of support they need from IT systems and services.
Health informatics resides at the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. Health informatics tools include not only computers but also clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems. It applies to nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, occupational therapy, and (bio)medical research.
ManTech’s solutions focus on transforming health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information and communication systems that enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care, and strengthen the clinician–patient relationship. ManTech collaborates with clinicians in the development of health informatics tools that promote safe, efficient, effective, timely, patient-centered, and equitable patient care.
Healthcare research is the basic research, applied research, or translational research conducted to aid knowledge in the healthcare field. This research can be clinical or non-clinical in nature. Clinical research can be divided into two general categories: the evaluation of new treatments for both safety and efficacy in what are termed clinical trials, and all other research that contributes to the development of new treatments. Recently, topics such as Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and Patient Centered Outcome Research (PCOR) focus on which treatment works best, for whom, and under what circumstances. Secondary usage of data is also becoming more critical now that coded health data generated by electronic medical records is available, providing enormous value to clinical research. Compared to traditional research methods, there are many potential benefits and even detriments to the secondary use of clinical data. ManTech provides information management and technology support for several clinical research initiatives, including the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), the center dedicated to the research, diagnosis, and innovative treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from mild traumatic brain injury and psychological health issues.
Healthcare Training and Education
Rapid changes in healthcare policies and practices require practitioners to continuously acquire the information and skills needed to make quality health decisions. Individuals and communities also need to improve their health literacy to make informed decisions. ManTech has enhanced the MHS educational experiences through the consolidation, redesign, and installation of campus-wide IT infrastructure and online capabilities.
Diagnosing, treating, and delivering care for behavioral health calls for innovative approaches, including those enabled by technology. Today’s behavioral health practitioners increasingly use modern techniques in gaming and virtual 3-D graphics. The interactive and immersive environments are familiar and engaging those who grew up with video games and allows patients to receive treatment at home. ManTech delivers state-of-the-art virtual reality, telehealth, neurocognitive assessment, and usability lab solutions that are being used today to treat our nation’s servicemen and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Public health aims to prevent or treat disease to improve the health and quality of life in communities across the U.S. and worldwide. It requires a multidisciplinary approach to maintain surveillance and respond to the constant threats of disease which face us as our society becomes more mobile and global. ManTech collects, manages and analyzes large amounts of demographic and clinical data, employing the latest technologies, techniques and standards to help our customers find answers and quickly disseminate that information.
Information technology plays a key part in the discovery and development of new drugs and biologics, improved food preparation and processing, and development of new medical techniques and methods leading to the manufacture of medical devices which save lives every day. In addition, the federal government, in its regulatory role, relies heavily on information technology to track adherence to quality standards and monitor patient safety. ManTech provides program services supporting the implementation of adverse event detection in direct support of our customer’s regulatory mission.