DOD/VA Joint Venture HUI

391_huiGoal:   To provide program management and technical support services to the Director and Program Manager of the Hui at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

MELE Associates served as the prime contractor to the Department of Defense-Pacific Regional Medical Command and the Spark M. Matsunaga Veteran Affairs Medical Center Joint Venture for nearly ten years. Over 40 MELE staff and sub-contractors assisted the Joint Venture to improve the quality, accessibility, patient satisfaction, and cost effectiveness of healthcare services provided to beneficiaries through the use of emerging and telehealth technologies.

Overview:  The Hui, a DoD/VA joint venture, is a subsidiary of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) under the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command.  Formed in 1999 to administer and execute Congressional Appropriations to improve the quality, accessibility, patient satisfaction and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services to the nearly 800,000 veterans and federal beneficiaries in the Pacific region.

In support of the Hui, MELE pioneered development of open source version of VistA, a fully integrated electronic health record system based on VA’s robust VistA system available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

MELE provided project management to develop Telehealth demonstration projects at the Hui to illustrate the hands-on methods for improving healthcare and services to remote areas including Telepharmacy, Telepsychiatry, Telehomecare, primary healthcare assessment, data warehousing, network upgrades and interconnectivity. In development of these projects, MELE also provided economic analysis, software development, program planning, budgeting formulation, budget execution and program evaluation for the operational plan of the Hui.

To enable Telehealth communications between remote areas of Hawaii and the Pacific region and the VA PIHCS ambulatory care center in Honolulu, MELE designed and upgraded the VA PIHCS network. The State of Hawaii Telehealth Access Network (STAN) connects 22 Pacific Island jurisdictions over a geographic area of 4.8 million square miles. MELE Associates provided program management support for the Hui in project management, research, technical and clinical informatics, and business support disciplines. Project management support services include acquisition planning, developing equipment and services requirements, activity tracking, project review, and property management.

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