2017 News

How Medical Logistics Provides Timely and Responsive Support for the Military

Posted by Josh Dixon on Mar 6, 2018 1:01:00 PM

A clinician in need of an otoscope to check an ear. A nurse in need of a syringe to deliver medication. A surgeon in need of a sterilized scalpel to perform surgery. All these individuals have something in common – a need for timely medical logistics support to ensure they have the medical materiel they need to do their job in an efficient, effective manner. For the Department of Defense, achieving this can be challenging as they support one of the largest active militaries in the world. So how does a modern military succeed at providing responsive medical logistics for service members stationed around the globe?

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Topics: Government Health IT, Healthcare, Training, Medical Logistics, Documentation

When to Build and When to Buy: COTS Solutions vs. Custom Software Development

Posted by Dan Wayland on Mar 5, 2018 12:34:00 PM

Nearly one year ago, Secretary David Shulkin of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the VA’s electronic health record (EHR) is moving away from custom built software products and development in favor of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions to provide for Veteran healthcare. This shift in the VA’s approach to software development represents a challenging decision: whether to build custom software systems from a general-purpose programming language, or whether to buy existing COTS solutions that seem to fit business needs and user requirements. In fact, many businesses outside government face this same difficult question, whether they are large corporations or small startups. It can be a dilemma to determine which route to choose.

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Topics: Government Health IT, Healthcare, Mobile and Web Applications, Application Sustainment

Business Development Wisdom That We Can Learn from the “Telephone Game”

Posted by Hannah Pecoraro on Nov 21, 2017 10:53:55 AM

As a child, playing “telephone” could lead to hilarious misunderstandings. There were some positive lessons to be learned from playing this childhood game such as crafting a strong message, relaying your message to a group, using your voice to speak clearly, being a good listener and working as a team. Yet, these subconscious learning outcomes were not the reason most would play the game and in fact, it was rather disappointing when the message remained unaltered by the time it got to the last person in the chain.  It was much more entertaining when the message mutated into some distorted version of the original phrase. However, the same enjoyment cannot be found in the workplace. Clear and continuous communication is often a business pain point for Government and contractors alike. Distorted messages and misunderstandings can cost time, energy, money and, on the odd occasion, hurt feelings.

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Topics: Agile, Small Business, Business Development & Capture (BD&C), Best Practices

Ellumen Team to Participate in 6th International Workshop on Computational Human Phantoms (CP-2017)

Posted by Gardner Allen on Aug 25, 2017 12:29:36 PM

Ellumen’s science team is excited to announce that the team had a paper for poster presentation accepted for the 6th International Workshop on Computational Human Phantoms (CP-2017), which will be held August 28-30, 2017, in Annapolis, MD, USA, at the Loews Hotel. The main sponsor of the event is The Consortium of Computational Human Phantoms (CCHP). Updates on developments for computational human phantoms are expected along with discussion of applications in computational modeling and simulations for biomedical imaging, radiation dosimetry, treatment planning, and regulatory submissions.

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Topics: Medical Imaging, STEM, Innovation, Healthcare, Microwave Imaging, IR&D, Research

Big Business vs. Small Business: 5 Ways Small Businesses Get Results

Posted by Mary Vogel on Aug 15, 2017 1:57:29 PM

One of the questions I often see directed towards small businesses on new solicitations is: “How do you intend to staff for this project?”

 Answer: We staff exactly the same way that the big guys do it.

I find it odd that small businesses must answer this type of inquiry because nothing separates many of us from big businesses other than perception. We are capable of the same innovation, and use the same processes and industry standards that make some big businesses effective. I say "some" big businesses as all of us have seen the seed sown on shallow ground kind of large business, whose processes and leadership did not grow as fast as the business did.

However, here at Ellumen, we ARE more flexible and in some ways, we offer advantages that some bigger entities cannot. 

We frown on the practice of preassigning characteristics to people without full understanding of the complete picture. It’s equally as harmful to stereotype companies. 

Assuming all small businesses can't achieve the same results as some big businesses hurts the consumer just as much as it hurts small businesses because it leaves them blind to the benefits that mature small companies can offer.

The infographic below represents a few examples of how Ellumen, as a small business, gets results.

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Topics: Government Health IT, Telehealth, telecommunication, CMMI, high-speed internet, rural, EHR, Interoperability, telemedicine, Innovation, Healthcare, Agile, Rural Health, Small Business