ICW master patient index passes large scale interoperability test
25 March 2009
German company InterComponentWare (ICW) has successfully demonstrated
the interoperability of it Master Patient Index iat the IHE North
American Connectathon, the only large-scale interoperability testing
event for the healthcare industry.
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a global
initiative that creates the framework for healthcare interoperability —
passing vital health information seamlessly from application to
application, system to system, and setting to setting across multiple
For three years in a row, the interoperability of ICW's Master
Patient Index (ICW MPI) has been designated as IHE conformant. The
interoperability of the ICW MPI succeeded in over 65 tests with 21
In addition to passing the IHE tests, the ICW MPI also was certified
as compatible with the specifications of the Healthcare Information
Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), a public/private partnership formed
to harmonize and integrate clinical and business standards.
The ICW MPI, a component of the comprehensive networking solution ICW
Professional Exchange Server (ICW PXS), compares master data from
different systems of connected hospitals, aligning them with a unique
patient when they match. Among the profiles tested were IHE-PIX (Patient
Identifier Cross-Referencing) and IHE-PDQ (Patient Demographics Query).
Jeremy Coote, CEO of InterComponentWare, Inc. commented on the
importance of the IHE initiative, “As we drive toward a greater use of
technology to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare
delivery, ensuring standards-based interoperability is critical.” Coote
continues, “At ICW we are committed to delivering
standards-based solutions and the end-to-end security necessary for all
healthcare source systems and medical devices to exchange information.
The Connectathon provides the proving ground for all vendors working
toward this goal.”
ICW has gained many clients in Europe and the US based on its MPI
solution. Among these are the Memorial Hospital Rhode Island, and the
Torrance Hospital Independent Practice Association Medical Group
(THIPA), an association of about 400 independent doctors at the hospital
in Torrance, California. European clients include the consortium of
regional hospitals in the Swiss Canton of St. Gallen,
Hirslanden, Switzerland's leading private hospital group, the Heidelberg
University Clinic, and the Health Centers Rhine-Neckar.
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