NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will highlight its clinical and public health interoperability and services next week at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition. The company will premiere a demonstration of its nationwide health information network services, using live clinical systems, that shows application integration used for patient care today.

The conference and exposition will be held Feb. 25 to March 1 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Northrop Grumman will exhibit at booth 3450.

"Northrop Grumman is developing solutions for nationwide health information exchange," said Michele Kang, vice president of Health Solutions for Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector. "With our extensive experience in clinical systems and public health, we are uniquely positioned to provide integrated offerings."

As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Nationwide Health Information Network architecture prototype program, Northrop Grumman developed a system that provides better clinical information to physicians during patient encounters, empowers consumers with access to and control over medical records, and enhances public health agencies' ability to protect and improve the health of the American public. The company will illustrate how existing electronic health records and regional health information exchange initiatives can be linked to exchange health care information nationwide through sustainable services. Key to these services are a level of abstraction that hides the complexity of the network from the user, transformation and translation services that lower the bar for participation, and flexibility to integrate business rules and policies for each organization into the workflow.

The company will also demonstrate the largest deployed, patient-centric electronic health record globally, AHLTA. AHLTA is the U.S. Department of Defense's interoperable healthcare information system. The AHLTA demonstration exhibits the granularity of computable data captured, ease of use of a structured vocabulary, and the ability to rapidly tailor the type of data captured during a patient encounter to account for multiple diagnoses and to ensure accurate automatic coding of the encounter.

Northrop Grumman will also feature the Global Disease Surveillance Platform(tm) (GDSP), which fuses multiple data sources to monitor, detect, and provide situation awareness of public health threats. GDSP also allows private and public health organizations to communicate and disseminate critical information for a coordinated and timely response. The platform can be operated from a central or remote location and accessed via a secure Web site, desktop, or a mobile device within a supported collaborative and interactive environment.

The company's booth theatre will also host a series of seminars presenting a practical perspective on some of the industry's greatest challenges.

"These seminars will provide a forum for distinguished guest speakers and Northrop Grumman experts to address issues critical to conference attendees, based upon real-world deployment of large-scale health IT services," said Harry Greenspun, M.D., Northrop Grumman's chief medical officer. "Each seminar will be a great opportunity to get answers from those intimately involved with health IT programs."

Seminar topics include implementation of nationwide systems, privacy and policy, regional health information organization-based clinical automation, bio-surveillance, personalized medicine, interoperability, informatics and financial sustainability for health information exchange, among others. For a copy of the latest Northrop Grumman seminar schedule, please visit HIMSS booth 3450.

Northrop Grumman is a trusted integrator of advanced health solutions, addressing life sciences, clinical information systems, public health, and health and benefits management systems. The company's major health programs include innovative electronic health information exchanges, global disease surveillance and response tools and support for medical research. Northrop Grumman has developed and supports the largest electronic health record in use, now implemented at military health facilities worldwide.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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