ST. LOUIS, Dec. 10, 2004 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's Emergency
Patient Tracking System (EPTS) deployed by the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical
Response System and used to triage casualties at disaster scenes won a
"Gracie" award by Government Executive magazine during its annual Government
Technology Leadership Awards ceremony Dec. 9 in San Diego, Calif.
The Grace Hopper Government Technology Award is named for the late Navy
Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a pioneer in computer science. The "Gracies" highlight
outstanding use of technology in government by recognizing projects that make
exceptional contributions to mission accomplishment, cost effectiveness and
service to the public. A panel of leading experts on the federal government's
use of technology drawn from the government, federal contractors and the
academic community selects the winners.
Using the EPTS, first-responders at a disaster scene attach a bar-coded
bracelet to a patient's wrist and scan the bracelet using a hand-held device
to transmit critical information to hospitals or triage centers. EPTS helps
medical staffs at St. Louis hospitals prepare for the care of inbound
casualties by relaying information such as severity of injuries. The system
enables efficient routing of patients to medical facilities that can best meet
their needs, while ensuring that no single emergency room becomes overwhelmed
with an influx of patients exceeding the hospital's available capacity.
"EPTS will save lives," said Dr. Hugo Poza, Raytheon vice president of the
company's Homeland Security Strategic Business Area. "The citizens of St.
Louis can now have confidence that in the unfortunate event of a disaster,
they will receive the best emergency care available in the region."
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an
industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/