San Mateo, CA. August 18, 2005 – The widespread adoption and use of Personal Health Records (PHRs) is one of the cornerstones in President Bush’s national healthcare IT strategy. To help achieve this goal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) concerning its future use of and role in PHRs. The
CMS is looking for ways to make their large store of health information
more available and useful to their beneficiaries. San Mateo based InterComponentWare Inc. (ICW) is responding to this RFI.
ICW recommends the use of PHRs to leverage information stored within Medicare and Medicaid to improve the efficiency of preventive measures and the overall healthcare quality for its beneficiaries. Additional data transferred from monitoring devices or collected by the patient should be seamlessly integrated into the PHR. To take full advantage of the potential of PHRs, specific modules for fitness, nutrition as well as disease specific data (e.g., diabetes, types of cancer) add additional value. Based on its international experience, the company will also stress the necessity of an
open-platform approach to PHRs with standardized open interfaces that can ease implementation into existing healthcare IT systems. ICW is committed to working together with providers and vendors delivering interoperable health information systems across connected healthcare communities.
InterComponentWare Inc. is a rapidly expanding subsidiary of the German InterComponentWare AG who is a pioneer in the PHR field: In 1998, it was one of the first companies to develop a web-based PHR and has since expanded its state-of-the-art technology into international markets. The company is also actively involved in national health card projects in Austria and Germany. Thus, ICW has extensive experience, knowledge, and know-how integrating its PHR, LifeSensor, into existing healthcare IT-systems and offering true interoperability and connectivity between health information networks.