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ICW extends Healthcare Connector’s performance by harnessing Cisco solution

InterComponentWare : 11 April, 2008  (New Product)
InterComponentWare (ICW) is to utilise the innovative Cisco Application eXtension Platform as part of the company’s Healthcare Connector, which is a critical technological component for the high security communication of health related data.
With the new Cisco Application eXtension Platform, applications can be installed directly on a Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR). The platform enables full integration of the routing and security functions of the Cisco ISR with the partner’s application software on a single device. The Healthcare Connector is based on the Cisco ISR.

'The Healthcare Connector is a single platform solution which combines unique capabilities from ICW and Cisco to provide a comprehensive and highly secure health communications solution,' said Dave Frampton, vice president of marketing for Cisco's Access Routing Technology Group.

'Taking advantage of the Cisco AXP platform in the Integrated Services Router gives ICW's Healthcare Connector Application real-time access to network services critical to the delivery of a complete solution.'

ICW chief executive officer Peter Reuschel added: “Data protection and data security are top priorities at ICW. Therefore, we always use high security technologies to help ensure the best possible protection of the sensitive health data of our customers and users.”

The Healthcare Connector was initially deployed in 2007 as part of the national pilot project for an electronic health card in the Republic of Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian deputy minister of health, Dr Valeri Tzekov, MD, explained: 'The Healthcare Connector based on the Cisco Application eXtension Platform could be an ideal answer to our requirements it is a single box with multiple technologies combined into a highly secure, cohesive end-to-end solution. It is considered to be a key element for the e-health infrastructure we are currently introducing in Bulgaria. It can help us contain administration and transaction costs in healthcare, reduce fraud, cut down on costly errors and improve the quality of primary healthcare.'

A version adapted to the needs of the German healthcare system has recently been approved for use as connector in the official German health card tests.
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