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ICW Master Patient Index Passes HITSP Certification and IHE Tests

WAYNE, Pa., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- eHealth specialist InterComponentWare (ICW) has successfully demonstrated its technological leadership in healthcare IT connectivity at the IHE North American Connectathon, the only large-scale interoperability testing event for the healthcare industry. For the past three years 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 different systems.

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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. comments 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 U.S. 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 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.

    For more information, please contact:

    InterComponentWare AG
    Dirk Schuhmann
    Tel.:   +49 (0) 6227 385 133
    Fax:   +49 (0) 6227 385 199

    InterComponentWare Inc.
    Anne Marie Heil
    Tel.:   +1 610 933 80 65
    Fax:   +1 480 247 54 02

About ICW:

InterComponentWare AG (ICW) is a leading international eHealth specialist with locations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Canada, and Bulgaria. ICW delivers an interoperable eHealth infrastructure and a wide range of end-user applications for healthcare professionals and their patients. ICW technology enables organizations to extend their existing information systems, connect with diverse systems, and create a secure patient health record based on aggregated data. The interoperability and health information exchange components of its solutions make aggregated data a reality. ICW has successfully implemented its solutions across Europe and in North America. Online at

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