Pittsburgh, PA, April 10, 2007 ‐‐ Health Monitoring Systems (HMS) said today that Dr. Loren Shaffer has been appointed the company’s director of research.
“Loren joining our company is indeed great news,” said Keven J. Hutchison, HMS president and CEO. “He brings tremendous experience and understands the needs of public health, at all levels of government. That expertise will be real catalysts for our growth.”
Shaffer most recently managed the Ohio Department of Health’s Early Event Surveillance Section. He was responsible for recruiting hospital data providers to participate in an emergency room admissions surveillance system. More than 100 hospitals in Ohio were networked and participation was expanded to include facilities in Kentucky and Michigan.
Previously, Shaffer was U.S. Army Special Operations preventive medicine officer, receiving advanced training in biological warfare agents at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Shaffer’s professional memberships include the International Society of Infectious Diseases and the International Society for Disease Surveillance. He has spoken at numerous professional conferences on the implementation and use of syndromic surveillance methods used by public health officials. Shaffer has also been published in scholarly publications on such topics as zoonotic disease, and was a contributing author in The Handbook of Biosurveillance. Shaffer and his family live in the Columbus, Ohio, area.
About Health Monitoring Systems, Inc.
HMS (http://www.hmsinc.com) is a privately held company specializing in healthcare data analysis. The company processes and analyzes health‐related data in real time via a Software‐as‐a‐Service (SaaS) approach. Using this approach, HMS enables clients to increase their understanding of regional health conditions, improve quality and efficiency, and ensure regulatory compliance.
The company’s EpiCenter™ system is a first of its kind community health surveillance system for public health. HMS also offers Mergence™, an open source healthcare data integration engine. Using these products, HMS collects and analyzes data from more than 300 healthcare facilities across the country.