Rockville, MD (PRWEB) April 21, 2011
Maryland-based health IT provider eDoctor, Inc. today announced the appointment of former Special Operation Forces Medic/EMT Paramedic Charles E. Thomas of Maryland to the company’s Medical Advisory Board, said eDoctor, Inc. President Se Kang.
“Sergeant Thomas comes from an environment where medical technological advances have not only been embraced – but they have been vital in saving the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians,” said Kang. “We’re looking forward to the insight he brings as one who has been trained to anticipate and to prepare for medical emergencies.”
The U.S. military is often the first to use new health care technology that eventually finds its way into the civilian setting. In areas such as telemedicine and the adoption and implementation of e-prescribing tools, and especially from an efficiency and safety standpoint, the military is the largest spender on research and development.
According to the non-profit Institute for Federal Health Care, “closed” health care systems such as those in the Veterans Health Administration, Military Health System and Indian Health Service lead the nation in successful use of e-prescribing and have often been studied as a model for encouraging the private sector to move towards e-prescribing, where nearly 75% of all office-based physicians still do not prescribe electronically.
Kang noted that physicians are being encouraged under MIPPA to begin issuing e-prescribing by June 30, 2011 to qualify for incentives based on 2011 Medicare claims. Penalties for not converting to e-prescribing by this date will be assessed for 2012 Medicare claims.
Mr. Thomas, a former Special Forces Medical Sergeant, completed multiple combat tours to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and who has served in Iraq in various capacities since 2006. He is currently charged with providing security and routine medical and emergency care for U.S. diplomatic and military personnel.
On previous tours of Iraq, Sergeant Thomas served as a military analyst, a medic and a Clinical Director, supervising and training Iraqi Police medical staff at the Iraqi National Police training center health clinic.
About eDoctor, Inc.
eDoctor, Inc. is a healthcare IT company based at a Johns Hopkins University facility in Rockville, Maryland. Its Healthcare IT Platform consists of cutting edge practice peripherals, including the industry’s most intuitive and efficient e-prescribing software, live data syncing, and other technology tools. More information can be found at http://www.edoctorinc.com.
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