On behalf of the Riverside Medical Center in Vidalia, Louisiana, USA, Pythia International performed a Strategic Health Information Communications Technology Assessment aimed at improving the institution’s health information technology (HIT) infrastructure and enhancing their value proposition to patients and medical practitioners in the State. The Pythia team provided support in the implementation of emerging technologies that enhance quality of care, reduce medical errors, and reduce care provider time and costs. Among other measures, Pythia worked with the Riverside Medical Center to convert from paper-based medical records to an electronic integrated EMR system, to implement an on-site picture archives and communications system (PACS), GE’s Centricity, security measures complying with HIPAA regulations, and enhanced data recovery and backup capabilities.

Pythia has conducted numerous USTDA-funded Definitional Missions aimed at ICT infrastructure assessment, planning and development. Some examples include:

  • In Armenia, assessed the prospects for development of a Satellite Earth Station equipped with computer aided control system design facilities, and, in a later stage, design and deployment of an ultraviolet orbital telescope.
  • In Afghanistan, developed preliminary specifications for development of a National Fiber Optic Backbone Network on behalf of the Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications (MoC).
  • In Bulgaria, on behalf of the State Agency for IT and Communications (SAITC) assisted in the planning for a national ICT network; assessed the status of the existing government ICT networks and their level of interoperability; defined initial enterprise architecture requirements.
  • In Croatia, developed terms of reference for feasibility studies to support the rollout of fiber optic infrastructure, VoIP, packetized data, and managed network services on behalf of a local telecoms operator and the Croatian Railways.