By Emily Greenhalgh
PBN Web Editor
WARWICK – MEDfx Corp., a health care technology company, was named the Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year for Rhode Island and New England by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The award primarily recognizes the work of company founder and chairman Gerald Barry, a U.S. Army Veteran. Barry founded the company in 1985 and built the enterprise into “a leading player in the health care technology industry,” according to a release.
Barry will receive the award on June 12 during the Salute to Small Business luncheon at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston.
“When medical professionals have access to current information, they can make better decisions for patients, eliminate duplicate procedures and save time and money,” Barry said in prepared remarks. “At MEDfx, we’re committed to continuously improving the tools clinicians and practice managers use to securely communicate and share data, which not only improves individual patient outcomes but has the potential to increase the quality of our healthcare system as a whole, providing insights into population health issues while promoting greater efficiency and effectiveness.”
The SBA announcement said: “As technology advances began to make real-time information sharing and data exchange possible, Mr. Barry and the MEDfx team worked with private physician and healthcare system groups as well as major government organizations like the Social Security Administration, Department of Defense and Veterans Administration to design and deploy custom software and cloud-based technology tools to enable the flow of information to improve patient care and outcomes.”
The SBA added that MEDfx has played a “key role” in setting up health information exchanges, and that company experts were “instrumental” in helping to establish standards to ensure national health information exchange interoperability.