Five Hospitals to Share Patient Data: ICW Connects Regional Medical Centers and University Facility

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 General News
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MALVERN, Pa., Nov. 26 Medical staff at HeidelbergUniversity Hospital, Germany, and the hospitals of the Health CentersRhine-Neckar will soon routinely exchange comprehensive patient data. Drivingthe seamless exchange of information between facilities and care providers isthe hospital connectivity solution Professional Exchange Server (PXS), fromthe eHealth specialist InterComponentWare AG (ICW).

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The scope of the Rhine-Neckar project is similar to Health InformationExchange (HIE) initiatives being launched in the United States. In total, theundertaking involves five hospitals, including Heidelberg, which is one ofGermany's largest comprehensive care facilities. Information is fed to thenew inter-facility electronic patient record from existing IT and imagingsystems in the facilities. A high-performance Master Patient Index (MPI) isutilized to reliably and safely identify patients and enable access to medicalinformation.

Prof. Bjorn Bergh, MD, Director of Information and Medical Technology atHeidelberg University Hospital, comments: "We are pursuing two main goals withthis project: Facilitating the access to relevant information of mutualpatients and actively including patient participation in the treatmentprocess. In both instances, we have found the ideal partner in ICW and havejointly developed a pragmatic concept to help us achieve these goals withoutinterfering with existing systems."

Phase two of the project will network office-based physicians withpatients via LifeSensor(R), ICW's Web-based, patient-centric personal healthrecord that collects and communicates patient information. Use of LifeSensoris intended to improve the quality of care and support disease managementprograms. It will also enable the citizens to improve their personal healthand wellness efforts.

Rudiger Burger, CEO of the Health Centers Rhine-Neckar, explains the valuelocal residents experience: "The connectivity solution Professional ExchangeServer enables us to establish highly efficient and integrated care processes.The data exchange between our hospitals and Heidelberg University Hospitalwill continue to improve medical care in the metropolis region Rhine-Neckar."

ICW has established a subsidiary in the United States to deliver itseHealth solutions to healthcare providers, payers and consumers in thiscountry.

About Health Centers Rhine-Neckar

The Health Centers Rhine-Neckar is an association of four hospitals, twonursing schools, three senior citizens' and nursing homes, three geriatricrehabilitation clinics, two health and nursing schools as well as one pharmacyin Sinsheim, Weinheim, Schwetzingen, and Eberbach, Germany.

About InterComponentWare

InterComponentWare AG (ICW) is a leading international eHealth specialistwith networking solutions for creating a longitudinal view of patientinformation available at the point of care. Among other things, ICW developsand distributes software and hardware components for networking solutions forhospitals and resident physicians, the personal electronic health recordLifeSensor, and the health care IT infrastructure of the electronic healthcard. ICW is a major participant in the national electronic health cardinitiatives underway in Germany, Austria and Bulgaria. ICW has locations inGermany, Austria, Switzerland, the USA and Bulgaria.For additional information, please contact: ICW America Anne Marie Heil 5 Great Valley Parkway, Suite 200 Malvern, PA 19355 Tel: +1-610-933-8065 Fax: +1-480-247-5402 E-Mail: InterComponentWare AG (ICW) Dirk Schuhmann Industriestrasse 41 69190 Walldorf, Germany Tel: +49 (0) 6227-385-133 Fax: +49 (0) 6227-385-199 E-Mail: Dirk.Schuhmann@icw-globa

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