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Dr. Bart Harmon Named Chief Medical Officer for Harris Corporation's Healthcare Solutions Business

MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dr. Bart Harmon, MD, MPH, a national leader in military healthcare and health information systems, has joined Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) as chief medical officer (CMO) of the company's new Healthcare Solutions business. Harris Healthcare Solutions is delivering enterprise intelligence solutions to private and military healthcare clients by leveraging the company's leadership in assured communications(R) and information technology (IT), including an extensive portfolio of digital content management and visualization products for commercial and government healthcare markets.

Dr. Harmon was previously chief medical information officer and director of information management for the Military Health System (MHS) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). In this role he served on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. For more than ten years, Dr. Harmon led electronic health record initiatives within the DoD. He also chaired the work group that defined information sharing requirements between the DoD and the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Harmon serves on a work group to standardize health information technology terms for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. He previously served on the Electronic Health Records Work Group and was on the Board of the Health Information Technology Standards Panel. Both groups report to the American Health Information Community (AHIC), which is chaired by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Harmon also chaired the NATO Medical Communication and Information Systems Expert Panel and served as the DoD lead for the international health standards organization, Health Level Seven (HL7). In 2003, Dr. Harmon was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq to provide training on the DoD Electronic Health Record system for the regional medical team.

"Dr. Harmon brings recognized expertise and insight into both military health systems and national health IT initiatives that are critical to improving healthcare in the United States," said Jim Traficant, vice president of Harris Healthcare Solutions. "He will be instrumental in our mission to deliver enterprise intelligence solutions and services for military and private healthcare clients, and in helping to improve healthcare delivery at the point of care for our veterans here at home as well as our troops serving around the globe."

Dr. Harmon received his medical degree from the University of Washington, a master's degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a bachelor of science degree from Northwest Nazarene University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and the General Staff course. He retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Colonel. Dr. Harmon will be based at the Harris offices in Falls Church, Virginia. A high-resolution photograph of Dr. Harmon is available at

Harris Healthcare Solutions provides enterprise intelligence solutions and services for commercial and government customers, including systems integration, intelligent infrastructure, visualization and display, and digital content management solutions. Harris products, systems, and services improve health outcomes by assuring that critical medical information is delivered with security and privacy to the right person, on the right device, at the point of care.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government, defense and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of over $4 billion and 16,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(TM) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

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