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Military eye injury registry begins to take shape

February 6, 2012

Harris Corporation, a Melbourne, Fla.-based information technology company, has been awarded a pair of contracts to continue development of a planned Defense and Veterans Eye Injury and Vision Registry that will record the occurrence, treatment and outcomes of military eye-related injuries.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 directed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) “to establish a center of excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of military eye injuries.”

For the past year, Harris has worked with the resulting Vision Center of Excellence and Defense Health Information Management System to design, develop and deploy the registry to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eye-related injuries and diseases affecting active-duty service members and veterans, according to the company.

Harris completed initial development work six months ahead of the government’s schedule and the software was ranked “world class” after the code quality reviews resulted in an error density of only .08 percent, according to a company statement.

Under the first of the new contracts, announced last month, Harris will operate, maintain and enhance the registry for three years, working as a subcontractor to Pelatron, Inc.

Under a second five-year contract, Harris will populate the registry with information from medical records and other documentation for all eye injuries sustained by service members.

DoD and VA medical researchers will mine the massive dataset for information on care and outcomes that will be used to improve eye-injury treatment protocols on and off the battlefield.

The work to collect treatment and outcome information will allow the Vision Center of Excellence to conduct multidimensional studies to improve readiness, and enhance patient care and outcomes, according to the company.

“As eye injury rates on the battlefield remain high, the Defense and Veterans Eye Injury and Vision Registry is a critically important new tool in the effort to improve care for our service members and veterans,” said Jim Traficant, president, Harris Healthcare. “The work done by Harris to collect treatment and outcome information will allow the Vision Center of Excellence to conduct multidimensional studies to improve readiness, and enhance patient care and outcomes.”

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