Vangent’s Geeta Nayyar Highlights Health IT Efforts

Vangent’s Geeta Nayyar was featured in The Washington Post in a feature  on the firm’s bustling heath IT division:

“As a resident and then a fellow at George Washington University Hospital, Geeta Nayyar, a rheumatologist, saw firsthand the pitfalls and the payoffs of implementing technology to support health care.

During her time there — from 2003 to 2008 — the hospital opted to move to paperless record-keeping. For Nayyar, who had sometimes struggled to help her patients when she was on call because she lacked access to their records, the decision made sense. But other doctors — some unable to type well — didn’t find the transition as smooth.

Nayyar expects her experience as a practicing physician to serve her well as the newest member of a five-person health strategy group established by Arlington-based Vangent. The group is intended to help the company position itself for a surge of federal spending on health information technology.

Vangent is likely to face stiff competition for those dollars, but company officials say they expect the firm’s reputation as a health-related services provider to serve it well as it bids on contracts. The company — which manages the federal student financial aid Web site and information center and processed many of the vouchers used in the federal “Cash for Clunkers” car-buying incentive program, among other efforts — first increased its focus on health care about seven years ago, said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive.”

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