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NorthPoint Domain and Boston Medical Center Partner to Apply Advanced Patient Engagement Instruments to Pioneering Cardiac Robotic Surgery Program
Date:7/8/2008

BOSTON, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- NorthPoint Domain, an IC Sciences company, announced today a collaboration with Boston Medical Center's (BMC) Cardiovascular Center to apply advanced Internet patient engagement "instruments" to BMC's cardiac robotic surgery program. Also known as "medical informatics instruments" (MIIs), these patient engagement tools are used by clinicians as informational and interactive tools that involve patients and their families in the care process. Built upon a web platform, informatics instruments represent a new way for clinicians to deliver medical care, making it feasible to educate and instruct patients and their families, set expectations, share decision-making, and support self-care in ways heretofore not possible.

The partnership unites the industry's most potent cardiovascular patient engagement instruments with one of the most innovative cardiac surgery programs in the country, and is an extension of the long-standing relationship between NorthPoint Domain and the BMC Cardiovascular Center. The organizations have collaborated since 2002 to use web-based MIIs to advance patient-centered care. NorthPoint Domain will work with the Cardiovascular Center to tailor its MII platforms, complementing the advanced robotic surgery technology currently being used at BMC. "NorthPoint Domain will greatly enhance our ability to inform and engage our patients and make them true partners in their own care," said Robert S. Poston, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at BMC and Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine.

Rony Sellam, President and Chief Operating Officer of NorthPoint Domain, added, "While BMC is among a handful of medical centers in the country offering minimally invasive robotic CABG, it will be the only center in the world combining this with our Internet instruments for informatics-powered care delivery."

Healthcare participants use MIIs developed and delivered by IC Sciences and NorthPoint Domain to provide a new generation of healthcare -- informed clinical care. This is patient-centered medicine enlightened and informed by MII-generated experience, evidence, prediction, and preference data. MIIs can provide potent functionality for partnering with and activating patients to participate in their care.

A burgeoning scientific evidence base, including a review of 24 randomized controlled trials, indicates that in chronic condition management patient engagement instruments achieve significant improvements not only in patient knowledge, care support, and behavioral outcomes, but also in clinical outcomes. (Murray et al) The partners expect to see similar benefits in the acute cardiac surgery care setting and are exploring future clinical studies to assemble an evidence base.

References

Murray E, et al. 2005. Interactive health communication applications for people with chronic disease. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 4.

About IC Sciences Corporation

IC Sciences Corporation is a closely held, private organization pioneering in the medical information sciences and informed clinical technology markets. The company's core business involves designing, developing, delivering, and advancing a series of informatics instrument classes, including care delivery, cognitive profiling, collective intelligence, therapeutic support, and performance evaluation. For more information, please visit http://www.ICSciences.com.

About NorthPoint Domain, Inc.

NorthPoint Domain, Inc., a subsidiary of IC Sciences Corporation, provides care delivery informatics instruments for the specialty specific medical practice. These Internet-based instruments are designed to engage patients, consumers, and referring clinicians, address health literacy concerns, and deliver patient care oversight. Please visit http://www.northpointdomain.com for additional information.

About the Cardiovascular Center at Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center is the primary teaching affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine. The Cardiovascular Center is a regional referral center that uses state-of-the-art technology to provide high-quality, cost-effective cardiac and vascular care. The BMC Cardiovascular Center is the only hospital in Boston -- and one of a handful in the United States -- to offer minimally invasive robotically assisted coronary artery bypass surgery. For more information about the BMC Cardiovascular Center, please visit http://www.bmc.cardiologydomain.com.

CONTACT: IC Sciences Corporation

One Joy Street Boston, MA 02108

publicrelations@icsciences.com

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