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June 17, 2013

Wyle Selects iPatientCare as EHR Data Archival System for NASA

Future space explorations are going to be longer, requiring many different services to be delivered in the most efficient way possible. Medical care is going to be one of the key components of these explorations, as astronauts face the effects of zero gravity habitation for extended periods. Wyle, a provider of high tech aerospace engineering and information technology, has selected iPatientCare as EHR Data Archival System for Exploration Medical System Demonstration of NASA HRP.

The collaboration of Wyle and NASA is resulting in many new and innovative medical technologies for its Human Research Program (HRP).

The researchers and engineers at HRP study the human body to see how it responds to many different conditions and scenarios both seen and unseen astronauts will likely encounter in space. Their findings will help them develop solutions to the problems they will face taking into consideration the environments in which the astronauts live. The researchers are conducting studies in bone health, muscle function, cardiovascular response, sensory motor systems, immunology and behavioral health.

The iPatientCare EHR platform is recognized as an innovator in the field by being the first to offer a cloud-based EHR product and a pioneer for handheld devices. According to Shahab Shaikh, iPatientCare’s Sr. Integration Specialist, the company will provide key support as an Electronic Health Record Data Archival System. It will store and review the health data of crewmembers and it will get transferred to iPatientCare via Data Distribution System (DDS) Service Bus.

"NASA’s future exploration missions will present significant new challenges to crew health, including hazards created by traversing the terrain of planetary surfaces during exploration and the effects of variable gravity environments. Because of the limited communications with ground-based personnel for the diagnosis and consultation of medical events, exploration class missions will require increased crew autonomy in the diagnosis of conditions, creation of treatment plans, and execution of procedures," said Kedar Mehta, CTO of iPatientCare, Inc.

That EMSD will provide a comprehensive solution that integrates a suite of medical device hardware and health informatics. This will give NASA a platform that will deliver informatics software technology designed to communicate the health of astronauts by capturing, storing, retrieving, and managing the information collected throughout the mission. The International Space Station (ISS) will be used to test this platform before it is applied for possible future missions.

"Our Exploration Medical System Demonstration project is being designed for the specific needs of a spaceflight environment. We require a technically robust EHR system that can be customized to meet our interoperability requirements. We chose iPatientCare’s EHR because of its compliant software architecture and highly functional integration brokering architecture that makes this customization possible," said David Rubin, Wyle EMSD Project Manager.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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