PRC, now a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, solicited Jon Comola and Marcia Comstock to help them vet a healthcare infrastructure technology idea in the private and public sector marketplace. The organization had traditionally operated as a defense contractor and wanted to explore new technology based opportunities in healthcare. However, they lacked any substantive knowledge of the healthcare industry. Jon and Marcia applied their extensive cross-sector knowledge of and relationships in the industry to help NorthrupGrummond achieve its goals. The company specifically sought to determine the level of interest among different industry groups in applying a new infrastructure technology. This technology would facilitate movement of information between and among disparate internal and external information systems, thus addressing the pressing healthcare industry need for data exchange and interoperability among separate, heterogeneous sources of data. It held promise for preserving legacy system investments, while streamlining administrative costs and enhancing clinical applications throughout healthcare facilities.

Jon and Marcia developed a plan whereby NorthrupGrummond executives could explore the utility of their product, as well as marketing, pricing and deployment strategies with varied audiences in a low risk environment. The approach yielded interviews with and feedback from several top executives in the public and private sectors.

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WRGH has accepted an invitation to join the inaugural advisory board for Thompson Publishing Group's Guide to Consumer-Directed Health Care.
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