February 21, 2017 – CTIS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract (SPARC) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) base ordering period will span over the next five years with the potential for optional years through 2026.
About the Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract: SPARC is a multiple award, IDIQ, performance-based contract. A cost-effective, innovative solution, SPARC is available to all components within CMS and all Health and Human Services (HHS) operating divisions to procure information technology (IT) system development services from end to end.
February 21, 2017 – CTIS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract (SPARC) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) base ordering period will span over the next five years with the potential for optional years through 2026.
CTIS in Partnership with JHU and BJGMC launches a Mobile Care Van in India to Deliver Health Services
July 25, 2016—CTIS in partnership with The Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) in Baltimore, Maryland and the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJGMC) in Pune, India launched a custom designed Mobile Health and Wellness Clinic in Pune, India. The mobile clinic will deliver healthcare services and wellness counseling as well as facilitate tuberculosis screening and research funded by Indian government and NIH in the state of Maharashtra in India. Innovative approaches that augment traditional service delivery are needed, such as mobile clinical care, to begin to address healthcare shortcomings. Read the article from Times of India and view the interior description of the van in this video.
Maharashtra is among India’s top regions for cases of both drug-sensitive and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and the service area for the clinic comprises a population of 7 million people that includes the city of Pune and surrounding villages. The mobile clinic is equipped with radiology technology, lab equipment, and a patient examination room. The vehicle will also offer tuberculosis screening, diagnostics, and treatment services for patients. “We are highly committed to affecting broad changes in India’s ability to address serious health issues,” said CTIS CEO Raj Shah, “CTIS is pleased to provide a tool that can be used to deliver care where it’s needed most.”
CCGHE Director Dr. Bob Bollinger noted “This effort is about improving the medical care that very sick people receive in an area that has limited healthcare resources. Raj and Bharti Shah are providing a tangible solution to address the problem of access to healthcare, and we hope their incredible generosity will encourage others to support our mission to save and improve the lives of Indian adults and children.”
About the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education The Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE): is dedicated to improving health outcomes in resource-limited communities by training, supporting, and empowering in-country healthcare providers and health researchers to develop and lead advancements in clinical research, practice, and policy.
June 28, 2016—CTIS is proud to announce that the Health Informatics Solutions (HIS) Group has been appraised at level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal was performed by SPA Enterprise Services.
CMMI is a capability improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance. An appraisal at maturity level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a “defined” level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and improved over time. Refer to the results on the Published Appraisal Results System (PARS).
About CMMI® Institute CMMI Institute (CMMIInstitute.com) is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process, and technology. The Institute provides the tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities and build maturity by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps. For over 25 years, thousands of high-performing organizations in a variety of industries, including aerospace, finance, health services, software, defense, transportation, and telecommunications, have earned a CMMI maturity level rating and proved they are capable business partners and suppliers.
CTIS is proud to support and participate at the 2015 Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, LA from November 11 to November 14, 2015. This conference focuses on “The Art and Science of Communication in Psychosomatic Medicine”. The art of communication revolves around how we interact with our patients, our colleagues, as well as the world at large. The science focuses on our knowledge base, studies and research. The meeting provides a stimulating program which will touch on these varied aspects of communication. Please visit the APM site for more information.
CTIS is awarded the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) Informatics and Computer Support Task Order
CTIS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a task order under the CIO-SP3 contract for the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) Informatics and Computer Support beginning September 15, 2015 by National Cancer Institute (NCI). This task order will span over for the next 7 years. CTIS has been working on the CTEP informatics contract for the last 25 years. The purpose of this task order is to provide development, enhancement, maintenance, and integration support for the CTEP – Enterprise System (CTEP- ESYS) including work that involves other systems that are dependent on or integrated with the CTEP-ESYS.
About Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP): The mission of the CTEP is to improve the lives of cancer patients by finding better ways to treat, control and cure cancer. CTEP accomplishes this mission by funding an extensive national program of cancer research and by sponsoring clinical trials to evaluate new anti-cancer agents, with a particular emphasis on translational research to elucidate molecular targets and mechanisms of drug effects.
CTIS exhibited and participated at the 2015 Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) The American Council for Technology (ACT) - Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Forum that was held in Washington, D.C. This conference discussed how the GWACs are structured to accomplish innovation and best practices around more Government engagement with Industry. The conference also focused on how GWACs brings uncompromising program delivery through quality IT Services during each stage of the acquisition process. Please visit ACT-IAC site for more information.
CTIS was invited by Dr. James Ecklund, Chairman of the Inova Neuroscience Institute to participate with Inova at The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT’s) 12th Annual Congress scheduled for March 6-8, 2015 in Los Angeles. Our session discussed “Metadata and Military Medicine” which was chaired by Dr. James Ecklund and Dr. Babak Kateb. During this session, CTIS presented on “The Integration of Social Media in Big Data Collection”. This conference brings together physicians, scientists, policy makers, funding agencies and industry to further the advances and applications in brain and spinal cord mapping and image guided therapies.
On March 3rd, CTIS’ CEO (Raj Shah) and CAO (Bharti Shah) received an award from the Inova Health Foundation, a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare provider. Inova Health Foundation works with individuals, corporations and foundations in the community to assure that everyone has access to healthcare. The award was provided for their generous support to Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics and Inova Neurosciences and Spine Institute which has made a significant difference in:
On February 20th, CTIS’ CEO, Mr. Raj Shah, and CAO, Ms. Bharti Shah were invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with a small group of 18 people to meet with President Barack Obama. President Obama discussed healthcare, environmental and global economics. The White House has requested a follow-up meeting to discuss health disparities and other issues.
CTIS participates as a Platinum Sponsor at the International Conference on Radiation Biology (ICRB) 2014
CTIS is proud to participate as a Platinum Sponsor at the International Conference on Radiation Biology (ICRB) 2014 that will be hosted by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, India, from the 11th to the 13th of November. CTIS will support the special session "The Quantitative Imaging Network: Role of Quantitative Imaging in Radiation Therapy" coordinated by Dr. Pushpa Tandon from NIH, USA. The conference encompasses all the major disciplines of radiation sciences and highlights important research areas such as, induction of an effective anti-tumor response by boosting the immune system; prevention, assessment and treatment of radiation injuries; strategies for developing medical countermeasures against ionizing radiations. Please visit ICRB 2014 for more information.
CTIS’ CEO, Mr. Raj Shah, visiting professor for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) was invited to participate in the TIME-Global Health Course on chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The course, which allows medical students both in India and in the U.S. to compare, contrast, and discuss the experience of patients with heart disease in both those countries, discusses the genetics, epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of heart disease among South Asians in the two targeted countries. The webcast included student participation from BJ Government Medical College, Pune, India; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland; DY Patil Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India; and CTIS, Inc., Rockville, Maryland.
Mr. Shah, as a recent heart transplant patient, provided patient perspective on the challenges and opportunities for the U.S., India, and beyond. He discussed the risk factors for diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease among South Asians, how to engage the healthcare system for NCD diagnosis and clinical care, and the intersection of Western and South Asian traditions. He also remarked on the need for patient education, importance of social determinants of health, the data-empowered patient and the prevention and expansion of primary care. Please visit this link to hear his thoughts.
CTIS partners with Hortonworks as a Hadoop systems integrator and consultant. Hortonworks is an open source software provider to develop, distribute and support an Apache Hadoop platform explicitly architected, built and tested for enterprise-grade deployments. This will provide an open and stable foundation for CTIS to build and deploy big data solutions. CTIS researches and analyzes clinical trial data sets using Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks tools to identify patterns and trends that would help improve efficiency and effectiveness of the clinical trials. Please visit Horton Works for more information
As CTIS’ corporate social responsibility commitment, we are pleased to participate as one of the Grammy Sponsors at The Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health (NIH) Event, An Evening For Hope. An Evening For Hope. For the more than 23 years, The Children's Inn at NIH has continued to serve the needs of children and their families suffering from life threatening illnesses.
CTIS is proud to announce the successful renewal of Microsoft Gold Partnership for year 2014-2015 for Windows Server Competency, the highest partner level program within Microsoft, for the sixth consecutive year.
CTIS is pleased to announce that its CEO, Mr. Raj Shah, has accepted the invitation to join the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Board of Directors as of September 4th. Mr. Shah’s shares the same vision as IHV: to combine the disciplines of basic science, epidemiology, and clinical research in a concerted effort to speed the discovery of diagnostics and therapeutics for a wide variety of chronic and deadly viral and immune disorders.
The IHV, University of Maryland, School of Medicine was established to create and develop a world-class center of excellence focusing on chronic viral diseases, especially HIV/AIDS, and virally-linked cancers. The IHV is dedicated to the discovery, research, treatment, and prevention of these diseases. Its unique structure seeks to connect cohesive, multi-disciplinary research and clinical programs so that new treatments are streamlined from discovery to patient. The IHV serves patients locally and the scientific community globally.
CTIS, as a founding partner of International Spirit of Healing (ISOH), sponsors a scholarship program called ‘The Rina Shah Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP)’ to better connect the Global Virus Network (GVN) Centers. The program offers opportunities in skill-building and in developing collaborations between emerging medical virologists with the goal of maintaining and increasing their interest in medical virology as a career. This program will support travel of up to 2 weeks for post-doctoral level scientists and assistant professors in order to enhance medical virology skills or knowledge sets, or to develop collaborative research proposals.
The Global Virus Network (GVN), a non-profit organization, is a coalition of top medical virology institutions worldwide working to address all viral challenges to human health and to prepare for the emergence and potential spread of new viruses globally. GVN supports research, training, education, and advocacy in medical virology.
CTIS is pleased to announce that its CEO, Mr. Raj Shah, has been elected by The International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) Board of Directors as the President of the INCTR USA Branch as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Mr. Shah has been a long-standing member of INCTR's Brussels Board and has made important contributions to various INCTR projects.
INCTR USA supports the central mission of INCTR by developing links with cancer centers and oncologists/scientists in North America. The USA Branch has a special interest in reducing disparities in access to health care and on improving the quality of existing health services for patients living in countries or regions where health services for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are inadequate to meet their needs, or where other barriers (cultural, financial, educational, or undefined) result in suboptimal prevention and care of NCDs in minority populations. In order to attain this, INCTR USA will primarily focus on prevention and management or cure in the USA as well as low and/or middle income countries. Please refer to the INCTR website for more details.
CTIS is proud to announce that we have been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) on July 18, 2013. This is a process improvement approach that provides organizations with essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance. Appraisal at Level 3 means that our processes are well characterized and understood; can be found in standards, procedures, tools, and methods; and are established and improved over time. Refer to the results on the Published Appraisal Results System (PARS).
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH has awarded a Grant Number U54MD008608 to CTIS to build a Transdisciplinary Coordination Center (TCC) as defined by The Health Policy Research Consortium (HPRC) Program. The purpose of the center, HRPC, is to close the gap in healthcare across social, ethnic, and racial groups in the DC, MD and VA area (DMV). The focus of the center is how health policies influence the access of ethnic and racial minorities to adequate and affordable healthcare. The grant award is set over a period of five years, which will allow CTIS to expand upon its commitment to reducing health disparity.
CTIS, with its motivation to leverage the power of health informatics in order to improve patient outcomes while lowering healthcare costs, has received this grant. This will allow CTIS to showcase its experience in policy knowledge, information technology, research, education, outreach, analysis, communication, process re-engineering, program management, and best practices.
CTIS is proud to announce that Mr. Dennis Roberts has joined CSGI’s Board of Directors effective February 11, 2013. Mr. Roberts, with over 35 years of experience in accounting and investment banking, is currently the Chairman of The McLean Group, LLC. He founded a publicly-held National bank holding company and also a large, local accounting firm, both of which he had held distinguished leadership positions in. A Benjamin Franklin University graduate (which later merged with George Washington University), Mr. Roberts teaches and lectures in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, and corporate finance to national audiences.
CTIS is proud to participate as a gold sponsor for the GWAC Small Business Summit at The Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. on February 20. The Summit, which is hosted by AFCEA Bethesda, will discuss the challenges and best practices on how small businesses market and manage current GSA vehicles; emerging vehicle opportunities; teaming opportunities with large businesses; and a procurement outlook on contract vehicles in 2013, among other issues. Please visit AFCEA site for more information.
CTIS’ CEO Mr. Raj Shah was recently appointed to the Global Viral Network’s (GVN) Board of Directors
Mr. Raj Shah, CTIS Chairman and CEO, has been recently appointed to the Global Virus Network’s (GVN) Board of Directors, as announced on January 16th by Robert C. Gallo, co-founder of the GVN and Chair of GVN’s Scientific Leadership Board. GVN is a non-profit coalition of leading medical virology research centers from around the world whose mission is to combat emerging and current viral disease through international collaborative research and training.
Upon his Board appointment, Mr. Shah said “The promise and commitment of having a healthy world by eliminating health disparity can’t be achieved without building a solution that deals with virus management.” Mr. Shah is one of ten Board appointees who “will add valuable resources to the GVN and will greatly enhance GVN’s global visibility,” said Dr. Gallo, who is also the Director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. Read more about the GVN Board of Directors.
Mr. Mehul Shah has recently been appointed as the President of CTIS, Inc., beginning his tenure on July 20, 2012. Mr. Shah previously served as CTIS’ Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer and managed all aspects of the innovation process to identify strategies, business opportunities and new technologies. Prior to that, he served as CTIS’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations.
He has over 18 years of experience working with multiple Fortune 50 companies in the IT field, focusing on healthcare, manufacturing and finance industries. He has received his Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University in India and has achieved his Six Sigma black belt certification along with CMMI Level 5 and PCMM Level 5 ratings.
Mr. Shah has a proven record of innovative and strategic leadership and outstanding entrepreneurial and organizational skills. He has devoted his career to improving health through information technology on a global scale and he brings the same energy, vision and expertise to CTIS through his leadership. Please read the press release for more details.
CTIS, Inc. is proud to be an exhibitor at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, held at the Venetian sands Expo Center, Las Vegas. This annual event helps healthcare IT and management systems professionals make the right decisions about their upcoming purchases. CTIS collaborated with Qualcomm Life to showcase CTIS’ biometric application collecting data from a Bluetooth enabled pulse oximeter integrated with the 2net hub solution.
mPHRTM, our mobile personal health record application developed in collaboration with Google, Inc., has transitioned to Microsoft HealthVault following Google’s announcement regarding the discontinuation of Google HealthTM. Supported by the iOS and the Android (coming soon) operating systems, mPHR 2 allows for near real-time synchronization with the comprehensive wellness metrics in the users’ Microsoft HealthVault account. The interoperable personal health record software solution is designed to support chronically ill patients by accurately documenting and communicating patient data, including history, conditions, medications, medical procedures, test results, etc., to doctors and other health care providers. Read more about mPHR 2
By connecting to HealthVault, mPHR 2 is positioned to add significant value to the health application market, enabling users to manage their health by using a wide range of health metrics. mPHR 2 is currently a free download on the iTunes AppStore
Mr. Terry Lierman has recently been designated as the new Chair of CSGI Inc., the parent company of CTIS Inc, Board of Director of CTIS as well as a Senior Advisor to the CTIS CEO, Mr. Raj Shah. CTIS provides information technology solutions to health systems and institutions, healthcare professionals, research organizations, and payors to support their goals in serving patients.
Terry Lierman has left his position as Chief of Staff for Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and has entered the private sector as new Chair of CSGI Inc., Board of Director of CTIS and a Senior Advisor to the CEO at CTIS. He will oversee the company in the development of information technology solutions in the healthcare field. CTIS, CEO, Mr. Raj Shah says “CTIS is privileged to have Terry Lierman take over the responsibilities as CSGI’s chairman. Together we look forward to increased growth, innovation and providing the highest quality of care to serve our patients better.”
Lierman began his career in the health field at the National Institutes of Health, where he assisted in budget and policy development, administration, grants and contracts. He then moved to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations where he was the Staff Director of the Labor Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee as well as the full Committee.
Mr. Lierman’s expertise is in all aspects of health development including biotechnology, diagnostics and services. He has previously been a board member on many health organizations including the National Health Museum, founder of the National Coalition for Cancer Research, and the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, among many other community service organizations. He is particularly interested in helping underserved and indigent populations and dealing with chronic care and treatment.
Mr. Lierman’s background and passion for helping people is well received at CSGI and CTIS, who, among its many goals, aims to provide health coverage to a larger patient population. Please read the press release for more details.
The mobile Personal Health Record (mPHR™) application is developed by CTIS, Inc. using Google Health™ as a back-end. The interoperable personal health record software solution is designed to support chronically ill patients by accurately documenting and communicating patient data, including history, conditions, medications, medical procedures, test results, etc., to doctors and other health care providers. The data exchanged over technological and regional boundaries reduces the time required for healthcare providers to receive valuable information necessary for quality patient care and overcomes potential obstacles associated within the health care domain. mPHR is available to download via iTunes or directly from an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad on the Apple App Store. CTIS expects to release an Android version of mPHR later this spring.
Members from CTIS' executive management group participated in a variety of events at this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In addition to meeting with the leadership from industry leading companies such as EPIC, GE, Google, Oracle, and Microsoft, the CTIS executive management group was able to highlight CTIS' capabilities as a systems integrator in the healthcare space, review the offering from Microsoft and Oracle in detail, and continue to discuss the mPHR application with Google.
CTIS was invited to the 8th Annual SAS Health Care and Life Sciences Executive Conference on May 11-12 by Dr. Elder Granger, CTIS’ CMO and CMIO, who was an Executive Panelist for last year’s conference. This year’s conference, held in Cary, NC, discussed “The Power of Health Analytics: Informed Decisions. Improved Outcomes” through various keynote presentations, leadership executive panels, real life customer practices, and interactive technology showcases.
On May 23, CTIS attended the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) release and discussion of “Digital Infrastructure for the Learning Health System: The Foundation for Continuous Improvement in Health and Health Care.” This report is a summary of the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care workshop, part of the Digital Infrastructure for the Learning Healthcare System workshop series, sponsored by ONCHIT. The event included a brief overview of the report key points, as well as a perspective from ONCHIT, and a discussion of priorities and opportunities for progress going forward.
CTIS’ CEO Mr. Raj Shah met with Dr. Scott Campbell, CEO of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to discuss innovative technology solutions, and collaborate on approaches for improved health for all. The next planning committee meeting will determine a direction for this collaborative partnership, including possible topics to be discussed at the mHealth Summit in December.
As a follow-up to their discussion, CTIS will participate as a Lead Sponsor and Strategic Affiliate for the 2011 mHealth Summit to be held in Washington, D.C., and coordinated in partnership with HIMSS, the mHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health, and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. The mHealth Summit is the leading U.S. conference committed to promoting the use of mobile technology as a means of achieving better health outcomes. As such, the aim of the Summit is to bring a dedicated focus to the business, end-user, and policy perspectives of mHealth, fostering in-depth dialogue to identify and accelerate cross-cutting value chains and sustainable mHealth business models from around the globe. The summit will draw more than 3,500 leaders from nearly 50 countries and provide a dedicated focus to the healthcare research and evaluation needs of mHealth, facilitating the development and commercialization of empirically-supported solutions.
Mr. Shah looks forward to speaking at a “CEO Spotlight” event at the 2011 mHealth summit to share his vision and corporate direction. CTIS has also been provided a speaking opportunity for a conference track at one of the concurrent sessions and will participate during the mHealth’s Keynote Luncheon. Please visit mHealth 2011 site for additional information.
CTIS hosted Dr. N. K. Ganguly, Advisor to the Health Minister of India and the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute
Mr. Raj Shah, CEO of CTIS, will be hosting an event in honor of Dr. Nirmal K. Ganguly, Advisor to the Health Minister of India and the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute. The topics of discussion will include advanced personalized medicine and the setting up of a world-class personalized medicine institute in India. The event will engage industry leaders in discussing innovative ideas on establishing a global network that focuses on the areas of virology, chronic disease management, translational research, and global health disparity.
Dr. Ganguly is one of the leading biomedical scientists in India, and is well known for his groundbreaking work in the areas of infectious diseases, immunology, and biotechnology. He is a former Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Dr. Ganguly has won numerous national and international awards and is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious "Padma Bhushan" award in the field of Medicine.
The mobile Personal Health Record (mPHR®) application is developed by CTIS, Inc. is an interoperable personal health record software solution designed to support chronically ill patients. This application was first launched in May 2011 in the Apple App Store , and is now available on the Android Market.
CTIS participated in the “Mobility: A Game Changer for African American Communities,” the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference held on September 22 where Congressman G.K. Butterfield served as the Honorary Session Host. CTIS discussed how advances in mobile technologies provide greater economic and educational opportunities for African Americans. CTIS showcased how mobile applications in healthcare allow patients to manage chronic disease and stay abreast of medication schedules and prevention strategies.
CTIS was chosen as the BodyMedia Get Moving Challenge winner for the video submission. CTIS was able to demonstrate the functionality of the application at the Health 2.0 Conference on September 25-27 in San Francisco, where Mr. Steve Menke, the Chief Information Officer of BodyMedia, presented the award to the CTIS team.
CTIS was invited to attend a breakfast for Connections for Hope on Friday, October 28th with Congressman Frank Wolf. The Connections for Hope is an important program of Helping Children Worldwide and their mission is “To transform the lives of impoverished children through partnerships and programs of excellence”. CTIS participated in this meeting to get involved and provide combined services to foster self-sufficiency, good health, and training and education to the people of all ages and cultures.
CTIS has supported Health Level Seven's (HL7) mission of developing a cost-effective approach to system connectivity by becoming a 2011 Organizational Member. CTIS has seven HL7 v3.0 Reference Information Model (RIM) certified professionals. There are currently less than 270 people in the world who are HL7 v3.0 RIM certified; of that, less than 40 are in the United States.
CTIS participates at the mHealth conference as one of lead sponsor and strategic affiliate to discuss innovative technology solutions, and collaborate on approaches for improved health for all healthcare stakeholders. The summit drew over 3,500 leaders from nearly 50 countries and provided a dedicated focus to the healthcare research and evaluation needs of mHealth, facilitating the development and commercialization of empirically-supported solutions. CTIS vendor profile was highlighted in the mHealth Summit dailies as an organization that sees the value in the data behind the devices. CTIS participated in numerous speaking engagements; please click on the link to view the speeches:
CTIS’ CEO, Mr. Raj Shah invited to present during the Keynote Luncheon at the 2011 mHealth Summit on Using Mobile Technology to Build End-to-End Solutions for Patients Managing Chronic Diseases. Mr. Shah highlighted the use of mobile technology to build comprehensive management programs for chronic disease patients and integrate multiple disparate players in the health ecosystem—physicians, providers, payers, as well as primary, ambulatory and tertiary care organizations — which provide collaborative and effective information sharing needed, on time at the point of decision, subsequently delivering improved outcomes and better patient care. Please click on the link to see Mr. Shah’s speech.
CTIS is one of the supporters of Health G20 and our CEO, Mr. Raj Shah, was requested to write an article for the book that is published to brief the G20 leaders on global public health issues. The Health G20 is produced by Pro-Brook and developed with Dr. Manuel Carballo and the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development, with the goal of campaigning to get health alongside trade and finance discussions at the G20 meetings.
This publication covers the major health issues such as malaria, non-communicable diseases, health systems strengthening, migration and climate change. The circulation of the hard copy of this book will include all those in Seoul for the G-20 Summit Meeting, including the presidents, prime ministers, health and finance ministers of the G20 nations as well as the non-G20 counterparts, leading health think-tanks and significant figures in the world of public health who might also lend their weight to this cause.
CTIS, Inc. participated in the 2010 mHealth Summit, a partnership of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), the National Institutes of Health and the mHealth Alliance, on November 8-10, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The mHealth Summit is the leading U.S. conference focused to advance cross-sector collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes.
This year's conference has drawn leaders such as Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ted Turner, Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of The White House, and others from around the nation to share ideas on research, technology and policy for the future of mobile technology to advance healthcare delivery to underserved U.S. communities and developing countries. Panel sessions such as The Impact and Future Visions for mHealth, Lessons Learned Across the Globe, and Optimizing Privacy and Data Security in the Mobile Technology Era will include cross-sector and cross-disciplinary discussions informed by research findings, methods for informing the evidence base, and experiences in implementing mHealth.
CTIS has been provided a speaking opportunity for one of tracks of the concurrent sessions and has been invited to attend the Keynote Luncheon featuring Bill Gates. We will have a poster presentation on iMHealtheTM and will have a booth set-up at the mHealth conference.
Under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Contractor Performance System (CPS), CTIS’ contractor performance is rated ‘Outstanding’
The Contracting Office and long term client, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), states that CTIS 'has demonstrated an outstanding performance level that justifies adding a point to the score. It is expected that this rating will be used in those rare circumstances where contract performance clearly exceeds the performance levels described as "Excellent." CTIS received a level 5 rating, "Outstanding," in the areas of Quality of Product or Service, Cost Controlling, Timeliness of Performance, and Business Relations.
CTIS, Inc. participated in the 2010 caBIG annual conference entitled “Building a Collaborative Biomedical Network”, September 13-15 in Washington, D.C. During the 2009 meeting, over 1,100 people attended representing over 300 organizations from 13 countries. CTIS, Inc. exhibited four posters at this year’s conference World Fair, a tradition at the caBIG annual meeting, where organizations participate through demonstrations and exhibitions.
The posters described the work performed on IT development in support of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program’s (CTEP) Integrated Platform for Agents and Diseases (IPAD) and the adoption of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies across the entire CTEP Enterprise System (CTEP-ESYS). The remaining posters highlighted mobile technologies CTIS has developed including a wireless solution built upon Windows Mobile 6.0 platform that allows toxicity data reporting and collection called the Safety Profiler™; and the imHealthe™ application, an interoperable Personal Health Record (PHR) software solution currently available on iPhone OS and Android OS platforms and designed to overcome the bottlenecks and redundancies existing in today’s health care system.
In addition, CTIS hosted an exhibition booth to spotlight the Software Deployment, Training and Documentation, and Help Desk services offered through the caBIG Support Service Provider (SSP) program.
CTIS’ CEO Mr. Raj Shah was invited by the IOM President, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, to participate in two IOM meetings on the “Electronic Infrastructure for the Learning Healthcare System: The Road to Continuous Improvement in Health and Healthcare”. The series was convened by the IOM Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care to inform the strategic perspectives of the sponsor, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in Washington DC.
The objectives of this series are to foster a shared understanding of the vision for an electronic infrastructure for continuous learning and quality-driven health and health care programs; explore current capacity, approaches, incentives, and policies; and identify key technologic, organizational, policy, and implementation priorities for accelerating progress on the approach to the infrastructure, and for moving beyond to a more seamless learning enterprise. The format of the meeting emphasized discussions, but the framing sessions included visions of the possibilities for an electronic infrastructure from different perspectives.
The Information Technology (IT) project for the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), a contract held by CTIS, Inc. since 1991, was rated by the U.S. Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) number two out of six major NIH investments (214 total investments). The CTEP Enterprise System (CTEP-ESYS) received a CPIC score of 9.7 (out of 10), as reported on the U.S. Government’s IT Dashboard, a website which reports data regarding the value of IT programs supported by the Government. The score places the CTEP-ESYS fourth out of the 75 major DHHS investments (651 total investments). The CTEP-ESYS is the primary data collection mechanism for NCI's clinical trials program, collecting safety and clinical results data on over 1,500 ongoing cancer clinical trials that monitor more than 30,000 patients per year in more than 17 disease areas. Through its commitment to this effort, CTIS, Inc. has provided NCI, CTEP with an enterprise system that supplies reliable clinical results and toxicity data for the largest sponsor of cancer clinical trials in the U.S.
CTIS’ CEO appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities
CTIS is pleased to announce that its CEO, Mr. Raj Shah, has been appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, to serve on the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a term beginning immediately through February 2014. Mr. Shah’s appointment was nominated by The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) Director and was supported by the NIH Director, the Majority Leader, and approved by the White House.
The council consists of 16 members appointed by the Secretary who will provide final recommendation on hundreds of research applications annually; engage in long-range program planning and policy formulations; and address/resolve technical, financial, ethical and public interest issues that face the study of minority health and health disparities. The council will have a major impact on the quality of human health. In particular, the elimination of health disparities in this country.
CTIS participated in The World Congress’s 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on mHealth in Boston. The purpose of this conference was to provide the emerging mHealth eco-system (i.e. providers, payors, policy-makers, device manufacturers and telecomm carriers) with insight into the clinical efficiencies and business opportunities for integrating mobile technologies into the care delivery model.
CTIS participated in the NCI-NCRI, a joint conference of the U.S. National Cancer Institute cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid® (caBIG®) and the U.K. National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Informatics Initiative. This meeting highlighted real-world challenges and solutions to promote the consistent use of widely accepted international data standards; strategies for building and sustaining a robust and dynamic data-sharing culture; progress in implementing a "services-aware" interoperability framework and cloud computing; and harnessing the power of data and technology to provide a foundation for widespread e-health care delivery.
CTIS was invited to a one-day forum hosted by the Friends of Cancer Research and supported by Oracle Health Sciences. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and other leaders discussed CER, using cancer as a use case, and explored the necessary IT required to support such research.
CTIS participated in the first annual CER Symposium: "Responding to the National CER Agenda: Evolving Data Sources and Analytics". The Lewin Group Center for CER hosted the symposium inviting senior government officials, policy and thought leaders, and academics to focus on the role data will play in the implementation of CER projects. Speakers and panels covered the uses of new data sources in CER and ways to link claims data to outcomes; the limits of randomized clinical trials in CER; propensity scoring, selection bias, and decomposition analysis; and HIPAA constraints, privacy and confidentiality.
CTIS took part in the 46th DIA Annual Meeting, the premier event for professionals involved in the discovery, development, and life-cycle management of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and related products to facilitate innovation for better health outcomes. Several key sessions CTIS attended were:
CTIS’ CEO was featured in an article by Marcia Landskroener for The International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) newsletter on “A Judicious Combination of Commerce and Philanthropy”. The article highlights Mr. Shah’s passion for improving healthcare worldwide with specific focus on underdeveloped countries, chronic diseases, personalized medicine and health disparity.
CTIS received a GSA Information Technology Multiple Award Schedule - sponsored by the General Services Administration (GSA). The CTIS Information Technology (IT) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) is an ID/IQ contract providing a full range of IT professional services under SIN 132-51. As an approved GSA Schedule contractor, the government has already negotiated contract prices and terms and conditions, so the lead time required to obtain services and products is dramatically reduced. CTIS has accepted the GSA Contract Modification to allow state and local government entities to utilize the GSA IT Schedule 70 to procure the same services at rates and prices previously negotiated with the federal government. “The GSA contract vehicle is a great achievement for CTIS. Our 20+ years of experience has provided us incomparable knowledge in building proven informatics solutions that deliver a high return on investment and we look forward to extending our proven information technology services and informatics solutions to prospective government clients,” said Mr. Raj Shah, President, Chairman, and CEO of CTIS. Federal, state, and local agencies can obtain information about CTIS’ GSA Schedule contract services on the GSA Advantage website by searching for contract number # GS-35F-0363W for Federal Supply Schedule 70, or by contacting CTIS directly at 301-948-3033. Under the terms of this agreement, the GSA offers CTIS information technology professional services 4/1/2010 through 3/31/2015.
March 29, 2010: The ribbon was cut to celebrate the opening of the new Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic, named after CTIS Vice President Rev. Mansfield “Kasey” Kaseman. The clinic, operated by the non-profit organization Community Ministries of Rockville (CMR), where Kasey served for 26 years as Executive Director, serves to provide medical services to thousands of under and uninsured adults in Montgomery County.
CTIS was instrumental in making the clinic a reality from the beginning by supporting and contributing to the focus groups meeting with healthcare professionals, area citizens and clients from human service programs to explore how to provide effective clinic services to meet the public needs. Raj Shah, CTIS CEO, stated: “We have a long standing relationship with CMR and fully support its mission-critical programs. The Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic is the latest example of CMR meeting the human and social service needs of our community.”
CTIS’ CEO, Raj Shah was interviewed by Kathy Parker, TBD News/ABC7 at CTIS office to highlight our new mobile Personal Health Record (mPHR™). The purpose of the interview was to highlight CTIS’ commitment towards personal health records, which allows patients to take control of managing their own health.
CTIS recently launched the mPHR application, which is designed to support chronically ill patients by accurately documenting and communicating patient data, including history, conditions, medications, medical procedures, test results, etc., to doctors and other health care providers.