BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 27 Teksouth Corporation(www.teksouth.com), a veteran systems integrator providing data management andbusiness intelligence systems worldwide, today announced it has been awarded aDefense Department (DoD) grant, in the first phase of a program that mayultimately enable both military and civilian doctors and other providers tobetter analyze electronic medical records and deliver significantly improvedhealthcare to millions of patients.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, awarded by the ArmyMedical Research Material Command in Fort Detrick, Maryland, covers initialresearch into the "Automated Knowledge Structuring of Medical Charts Data."Teksouth will use the grant to research the need and advantages ofstandardizing the exchange and capture of data into an overall network-centric"healthcare portfolio" of information that can help physicians, researchersand other professionals.
The grant is part of the Defense Department's initiative to protectsoldiers "and their families from health hazards associated with militaryservice," according to a DoD request. "Toward that end," it continues, "DoDis undertaking technology development programs that save lives and promotehealthy individuals, units and communities while improving both force moraleand warfighting capabilities," regardless of where they are deployed aroundthe world.
The $100,000 Phase I government grant further confirms Teksouth'sdemonstrated expertise in the development and deployment of advanced businessintelligence systems in both the government and commercial sectors. "We arepleased that the Defense Department has chosen us to begin the research intoways to better utilize the full range of medical information, and to helpdefine the next generation of business intelligence, applied to healthcaremanagement across the entire Defense Department," said Steve Wilsher,Teksouth's Chief Executive Officer. Wilsher noted that potential work underPhases II and III would involve incorporating Teksouth's findings with largerdefense contractors as well as major software developers. He added thatinsights gained from the work done for the Government could be transferredinto major advances in the way civilian healthcare data is tracked andanalyzed, with the goal of commercializing the technology.
Teksouth Corporation (www.teksouth.com) is a twenty-five year old,privately held firm with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, andstrategically located program offices in the U.S. and around the world. Itsprimary high technology services include data warehouse development,implementation, and support; standalone/web-based decision support systemstailored to customer requirements, and high speed, secure data transfermanagement. It has successfully developed and implemented amulti-terabyte-size data warehouse, supporting more than 15,000 users AirForce-wide, including the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and allmajor USAF commands.
More information is available from the company's website, or by phone at800-842-1470.
SOURCE Teksouth Corporation