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ICW helps five German hospitals to share patient data

InterComponentWare : 27 November, 2007  (New Product)
Medical staff at Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany, and the hospitals of the Health Centres Rhine-Neckar will soon routinely exchange comprehensive patient data using the Professional Exchange Server (PXS) hospital connectivity solution from InterComponentWare (ICW).
The scope of the Rhine-Neckar project is similar to Health Information Exchange (HIE) initiatives being launched in the USA. In total, the undertaking involves five hospitals, including Heidelberg, which is one of Germany's largest comprehensive care facilities.

Information is fed to the new inter-facility electronic patient record from existing IT and imaging systems in the facilities. A high-performance Master Patient Index (MPI) is utilised to reliably and safely identify patients and enable access to medical information.

Prof Bjorn Bergh, MD, director of Information and Medical Technology at Heidelberg University Hospital, commented: 'We are pursuing two main goals with this project: Facilitating the access to relevant information of mutual patients and actively including patient participation in the treatment process. In both instances, we have found the ideal partner in ICW and have jointly developed a pragmatic concept to help us achieve these goals without interfering with existing systems.'

Phase two of the project will network office-based physicians with patients via LifeSensor, ICW's web-based, patient-centric personal health record that collects and communicates patient information. Use of LifeSensor is intended to improve the quality of care and support disease management programmes. It will also enable the citizens to improve their personal health and wellness efforts.

Rudiger Burger, CEO of the Health Centers Rhine-Neckar, explains the value local residents experience: 'The connectivity solution Professional Exchange Server enables us to establish highly efficient and integrated care processes. The data exchange between our hospitals and Heidelberg University Hospital will continue to improve medical care in the metropolis region Rhine-Neckar.'

ICW has established a subsidiary in the USA to deliver its eHealth solutions to US healthcare providers, payers and consumers.

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