Mitch Saruwatari of LiveProcess to Advise Joint Industry Emergency Responder Task Force
Integrated Emergency Medical Response Initiative designed to advance interoperability
VERONA, NJ (March 3, 2008) - LiveProcess, the leader in healthcare emergency preparedness and response, today announced that Mitch Saruwatari, Vice President, Quality and Compliance, has been named an advisory member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Emergency Responder Task Force.
, a 15-year healthcare and emergency management veteran, will work with the panel on key initiatives designed to advance interoperability across emergency response and healthcare stakeholders for more efficient and informed emergency medical response across the entire continuum of care, ultimately saving lives, time and money.
recently partnered with COMCARE
, a non-profit national advocacy organization dedicated to advancing emergency communications, to establish an Integrated Emergency Medical Response Initiative.
is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.
HIMSS appointment comes on the heels of the American Hospital Association's
February 2008 exclusive endorsement of Live Process
as the preferred solution for its members' disaster readiness and incident command needs.
The AHA endorsement, made after an exhaustive year-long selection process, further builds upon Live Process' presence as the leading web-based platform for helping hospitals manage their disaster preparedness plans and responses.
"I am excited to join this important effort and share in its vision to bring organizations together on the emergency medical response front," said Saruwatari, who came to LiveProcess after serving as national Director for Healthcare Continuity Management and National Threat Assessment Manager for Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest private integrated healthcare delivery system.
Saruwatari also has a background in epidemiology and co-chaired the development of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant Hospital Incident Command System (HICS).
was selected based on his
extensive background in public health, emergency medical services and hospital emergency management.
As an advisor, Mr. Saruwatari will join other national leaders to guide strategic plans for integrating critical information and data that will help facilitate improved capabilities and care during emergency responses.
More specifically, advisors to the Emergency Responder Task Force