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Hispanic IT Executive Council recognizes Marilyn Ehrhardt

15-Nov-2013 Palo Alto, CA - The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) held their Q4 IT Leadership Summit in Palo Alto, California on November 14th-15th. The Summit gathers together the most influential and knowledgeable global leaders in Information Technology that are of Hispanic Heritage and provides them a forum where ideas and trends in Information Technology are discussed and shared with the future leaders in Information Technology. A key goal of the Council is to encourage, inspire, mentor and assist Hispanic IT professionals in becoming the next generation of business leaders. As part of the Summit, HITEC identifies the role models that are today's most influential and notable business leaders in Information Technology. During the Gala Event of the Summit, HITEC awards these individuals, giving them recognition among their peers and placing them on the HITEC 100 List. HITEC has been conducting the HITEC 100 awards since 2008 and in Palo Alto, on the fifteenth of November, HITEC released the 2014 HITEC 100 most influential Hispanics in IT.

The HITEC 100 Award
The HITEC 100 List (2014)

Sabianet's CEO and President, Marilyn Ehrhardt, was honored to receive the HITEC 100 award for 2014 and to be placed on the list with other Hispanic leaders in Information Technology. "While all on this list share a common bond of Hispanic heritage, we also share the adoption of the American work ethic which clearly demonstrates that hard work and tenacity break down the barriers to success and overcome failures. Our failures teach us and we must not give in to discouragement, but press onward. I am deeply honored and moved to be recognized by the HITEC Council" stated Marilyn Ehrhardt about receiving this award. She goes on, "Furthermore, my company and its employees will adopt the spirit of HITEC, to encourage and "pull up" the industrious emerging leaders that are struggling to move ahead in the Information Technology world." She thanked the leaders of HITEC, J. Alberto Yépez, Chairman and Andre Arbelaez, President for the support that they have provided for Hispanic Executives through HITEC Global and committed to supporting the goals and activities of the Hispanic IT Executive Council.

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About Sabianet Inc.

Sabianet is a strategic transformation and information technology firm servicing the Healthcare and Telecommunications industries. We help hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and physicians transform their information systems to improve information capture, include mobility, collaboration, and security, resulting in improved quality, cost and access. More at www.sabianet.com.

Ehrhardt speaks out on Empowering Consumers with Health IT

14-Nov-2013 Palo Alto, CA- Marilyn Ehrhardt, CEO and President of Sabianet, was invited to speak at the Hispanic IT Executive Council's Q4 IT Leadership Summit. She was joined by other industry leaders in Healthcare Information Technology and Telecommunications: Romulo Juarez, Managing Director, Technology Growth Platform Lead for Connected Health, Accenture; Juliana Su, Chief Operations Officer, Openet; Aloha McBride, Federal Health Sector Lead, Ernst & Young LLP. Ehrhardt spoke with insight and passion on the empowerment of consumers through usage of technology in the Healthcare Industry citing two real-life examples that brought home the message that Information technology combined with Telecommunications technology reduces the cost of healthcare but even more critical--it saves lives! Given the widespread concerns on healthcare costs, access to healthcare professionals and Insurance, Marilyn Ehrhardt emphasized that we are only scratching the surface on how technology can provide solutions with impact to these concerns and clearly stated that empowering individuals to participate in their healthcare via Technology is the key.

The mHealth Panel at Hitec
The Healthcare Panel at Hitec's Q4 Summit

One of the cases Ehrhardt spoke of demonstrated a clear pathway to cost reduction through empowerment of caregivers of chronic care patients utilizing health information technology and a smartphone. The patient, having chronic hypertension combined with depression had a prescription medication multi-drug interaction that led to a heart attack and congestive heart failure. After successful treatment of these events, the caretaker took simple steps to establish a Personal Health Record for the patient that could be accessed via Smartphone. This single up-to-date view of the patient's current health conditions aided all providers to remain on the same page, having a clearer, fuller picture of the patient. The smartphone, which is always with the patient, is a unique delivery platform for access to this critical information and for keeping it up to date. This chronic patient, after having costly initial encounters with the healthcare system has managed to avoid having any other costly medical events due to the simple use of technology. Still, there is much to be improved, stressed Ehrhardt, and the major challenge for IT professionals in the Healthcare Industry is to create a consumer experience that is simple and easy to use by ALL stakeholders in the system. Additionally, with today's vast collection of structured and unstructured data, IT Professionals must begin to create integrated platforms that can ingest and integrate volumes of data from Big Data with traditional structured data to produce contextual snapshots of what is needed by a patient, in his current condition, in his current location, with pertinent history that can be easily delivered to healthcare professionals.

iPhone ECG Application
AliveCor's iPhone ECG device/app

The other case Ehrhardt described showed how healthcare can be administered to save lives using technology in a mobile setting. She describes an event that occurred on a transatlantic flight where a person on the plane was experiencing chest pains. A physician, seated nearby, had a smartphone that had a prototype device/application that was capable of producing a real-time electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG, similar to the now available product from AliveCor). The physician was able to diagnose the patient with acute STEMI, a critical condition of the heart. With this information, the pilot conducted an emergency landing and the patient's life was saved. With technology, we are empowering the healthcare community, patients and providers with the ability to diagnose and treat health issues outside of traditional venues like the physician's office or the emergency room. Healthcare is becoming manageable everywhere.

The fitbit flex
Monitoring the body with a fitbit product

Healthcare and personal health awareness is becoming manageable on a personal 24 hour clock with new devices being introduced frequently. Devices available today, such as those provided by Fitbit and devices or sensors available in the future that are embedded in clothing will monitor and collect your body's vital statistics. These small bits of data will be accumulated to Big Data stores in the cloud for trends and analysis. This is not only valuable from a personal perspective, but this data can be de-identified, aggregated across a population and studied for health trends, locational outbreaks and other even now unidentified requirements for the improvement of healthcare, medicines, treatments and outcomes.

About Sabianet Inc.

Sabianet is a strategic transformation and information technology firm servicing the Healthcare and Telecommunications industries. We help hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and physicians transform their information systems to improve information capture, include mobility, collaboration, and security, resulting in improved quality, cost and access. More at www.sabianet.com. Sabianet does not endorse or recommend any products mentioned in this article and the citing of same is for illustrative purposes only.

Marilyn Ehrhardt Joins Advisory Board of HITEC

05-Sep-2013 Reston, VA - The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) is honored to have Marilyn Ehrhardt join their Board of Advisors effective immediately. The mission of HITEC is to enable business and professional growth for their members and fill the executive pipeline with the next generation of Hispanic IT leaders. HITEC, through its leaders of Hispanic Information Technology professionals offers a unique network for educating, mentoring, promoting, connecting and inspiring the next generation of IT Professionals of Hispanic origin to become the next leaders in Information and Telecommunications Technology.

Marilyn Ehrhardt
Marilyn Ehrhardt

Marilyn Ehrhardt, a woman whose career in Information and Telecommunication Technology spans over thirty years, is pleased to provide her experience, knowledge and insight in advancing the mission of HITEC. Through her experience in climbing the corporate ladder in the United States, Europe and Latin America, she has and will continue to mentor and inspire those interested in becoming leaders in their field. Mrs. Ehrhardt brings the unique experience of both the corporate world of Information Technology and the Entrepreneur's world; she has provided leadership at Digital Equipment Corporation, Oracle Corporation and NASA and she has also started her own consulting and engineering firm, Sabianet Inc, as well as successfully launching a start-up company in the Healthcare Industry (Electronic Health Record Software). "There are many leaders and some want to develop their ideas by orchestrating the resources of large corporations and others want to take their skills in Information Technology and make their ideas come to life from ground zero. I've had experience in both of those worlds and would like to mentor and assist other Hispanic professionals via HITEC in whichever path they are on." said Marilyn Ehrhardt, as she agreed to join HITEC's Advisory Board. "I hope to add the excitement of Entrepreneurship to HITEC and help the corporate world understand the unique value that Hispanic Entrepreneurs bring to the market." she added.

Andre Arbelaez
Andre Arbelaez

"We are honored to have Marilyn Ehrhardt on our Advisory Board. She has contributed to past HITEC events, providing her insight and experience and we expect that she will provide unique direction on the Advisory Board to advance the mission of HITEC." stated Andre Arbelaez, President of HITEC.

About Sabianet Inc.

Sabianet is a strategic transformation and information technology firm servicing the Healthcare and Telecommunications industries. We help hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and physicians transform their information systems to improve information capture, include mobility, collaboration, and security, resulting in improved quality, cost and access. More at www.sabianet.com.

About HITEC

HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and IT executives who have built outstanding careers in information technology. HITEC's premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and information technology centric world. These global leaders include executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned IT firms across the Americas. More at www.hitecglobal.org.

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