Ben Cushing, Shane McNamee: Red Hat, Perspecta Seek to Remove Health Care Boundaries With Open Source, Patient-Centric System

Ben Cushing of Red Hat and Shane McNamee of Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP) said their companies have teamed up to come up with an open standards, open-source technology-based system that is built around patients and meant to help health care providers eliminate barriers to delivering medical care to patients.

Cushing and McNamee discussed HealthConcourse, a system developed by Perspecta using Red Hat technology, and how the platform helps users develop event-driven models for health care by collecting data from multiple sources.

Shane McNamee, Chief Medical Information Officer, Perspecta

“The platform acts as a sophisticated data hub that offers intelligent data as a service,” they said of HealthConcourse. “It includes a cognitive layer that allows us to conduct sophisticated diagnostics and even apply intelligent automation to best practices and processes.”

McNamee and Cushing said Perspecta and Red Hat also joined BPM+Health, an open-source, open-standards community that seeks to assess and apply business process modeling standards from other industries to help improve and manage health care workflows and practices.

“If we automate health care with proprietary IT tools and machines, patient care will still be of low reliability and won’t flow over boundaries. If we automate and orchestrate health care the open way, then we will bring an era of high-reliability health care for all stakeholders,” they added.

Cushing is director of federal health and science at Red Hat. McNamee is chief medical information officer at Perspecta and chief health information officer for BPM+ Health.

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