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In September 2014, Forcare has signed a contract with the Joint Stock Company Electronic Moscow for delivering Forcare’s innovative healthcare solutions to realize an IHE-XDS based infrastructure for a Moscow city-wide Electronic Health Record (EHR).

The Forcare solutions will form, together with the solutions from partner Marand, the backbone of this EHR which is developed by the Moscow city government. The EHR can be accessed by healthcare professionals via a web-based user interface. This patient centric single view presents a patient’s complete health record electronically, and can be accessed by authorized healthcare professionals to view, consult and share anywhere anytime. Key benefits of the city wide EHR system are that healthcare professionals can make faster and more accurate diagnoses at the point of care and will be able to reduce unnecessary costly, time consuming (and potentially harmful) duplication of clinical procedures, by having available relevant previous (test) results.

The innovative Forcare XDS solution assures that all clinical documents of the connected medical care providers are stored in a standard and open format and are easily retrievable by smart indexing. Marand’s Think!EHR adds an open development platform on this infrastructure to build clinical applications.

The selection of Forcare (and Marand) as the infrastructure providers for the EHR backbone is the result of a successful pilot that ran in 2013. Initially the scope of the contract is for 2 million citizens of Moscow, with the intent to scale up to all 12 million inhabitants of the city.

Founded in 2002, Joint Stock Company Electronic Moscow (Electronic Moscow) implements urban management and social services applications in Moscow. Its 400 employees support more than 100 city-wide information systems.

02 Sep / 2014

Forcare appoints VP Sales North America

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Zeist/Toronto – September 2nd, 2014 –  We are pleased to announce that Genady Knizhnik has joined Forcare Canada Inc. to lead Forcare’s North American sales efforts as VP Sales. From our Toronto, Canada office, Genady Knizhnik will focus on sales and business development activities, supporting both existing customers and partners as well as expanding Forcare’s presence in the USA and Canada.

Genady Knizhnik has a 20-year career in healthcare IT, with degrees in engineering from Technion, Israel (1998) and an MBA from University of Western Ontario (2009). Since 2002, Genady worked for Agfa Healthcare Canada, with roles in software engineering, product marketing and business development. In the past three years, he held responsibility for Agfa’s regional imaging business activities as Business Development Director, Regional Health EMEA, working from Agfa’s global headquarters in Mortsel, Belgium.

“We are fortunate to have Genady join our expanding Forcare team”, says Andries Hamster, VP North America / Chief Marketing Officer. “Having worked from our new Canadian office in the past 12 months, I see tremendous opportunity in the North American market for our interoperability solutions. Genady brings to us the right skills, market knowledge and business network to help us grow our business”.

Genady will report to Forcare’s CEO Harm-Jan Wessels. He will be based in Forcare’s Toronto downtown office, leading the local Forcare team.

For contact information please click here.

 

ASHTEAD, UK – August, 19th, 2014BridgeHead Software, a leader in Healthcare Data Management (HDM), partners with Forcare, the leading provider of software solutions in the Health Information Exchange (HIE) sector. Together, the two companies are offering hospitals across Europe, the Middle East and Africa a best-of-breed solution that leverages BridgeHead’s and Forcare’s market leading vendor neutral archive (VNA)[1] and XDS solutions respectively.

It is estimated that medical imaging data is responsible for one-third of the total global storage market and is the equivalent of 1.2 billion average hard drives.[2]
Data retention policies, coupled with the growth in the number of patients moving through the healthcare system (which is larger than it has ever been), is resulting in an unparalleled increase in data volumes. In order to manage the cost and complexity of this growing data, healthcare IT leaders will increasingly look for intelligent, vendor neutral data and storage management solutions.

The joint solution from BridgeHead and Forcare enables hospitals to efficiently and cost-effectively provide a data management infrastructure that enables the storing, protecting and sharing of all patient information, from medical images to clinical reports; scanned patient documents to back office files, across the healthcare landscape. The solution will have particular appeal to healthcare environments looking to facilitate data sharing across sites, organisations and/or regions, helping to provide a centrally-accessible and secured registry and repository and ensuring patient data is available to the people that need it, when they need it, for improved care delivery. The solution allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other health care providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically – improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care.

BridgeHead’s market leading VNA, which is presently gaining rapid traction throughout the UK, with recent contracts awarded by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is a fully XDS-enabled solution. Forcare is dedicated to providing interoperability solutions based on XDS. Both companies recognise that their specialisms are hugely complementary and have joined forces to deliver a converged best-of-breed solution, particularly in the deployment of larger-scale data sharing networks, such as Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). By combining Forcare’s solutions alongside BridgeHead’s VNA, healthcare data can be securely stored, protected and shared at scale.

The two companies not only feel they have a compelling strategic proposition for healthcare organisations, but also recognise their respective geographical strengths and plan to leverage these in their go-to-market efforts in the coming months.

Jim Beagle, President and CEO, BridgeHead Software comments: “Forcare is the renowned healthcare interoperability specialist and BridgeHead is pleased to be partnering with such an organisation. One of the major challenges healthcare providers face today is how to get timely access to relevant patient data delivered at the point of care. Most clinical applications only provide a ‘localised’ view of the patient. If more information is required in the event of incomplete studies, or additional diagnostic data is needed, this can add significant delays to patient treatment and creates inefficiencies elsewhere in the workflow, with people trying to locate the data. The combined BridgeHead Software and Forcare solution overcomes these challenges and ensures valuable patient information is delivered to the people who need it, when they need it.”

Harm-Jan Wessels, founder and CEO of Forcare, comments: “BridgeHead is the acknowledged market leader for VNA in EMEA and we are the leading independent healthcare interoperability specialist– so, simply put, our products are entirely complementary. Across Europe, we are witnessing ever-increasing collaboration between healthcare organisations. The various stakeholders across these organisations increasingly require the ability to access and share clinical and administrative information pertaining to an individual so that they can provide a better quality of care, in the most efficient manner, and thereby enhancing the patient’s experience. Together, the combination of BridgeHead Software’s VNA and Forcare’s XDS-based product portfolio provides those organisations with an easy-to-use and manage healthcare data access and sharing solution.”

The joint solution is available from BridgeHead Software and Forcare now.


[1] In 2013, in its ‘Medical Enterprise Data Storage – World – 2013’ report, IHS named BridgeHead Software number one in EMEA’s independent VNA market

[2] AGC’s HCIT Cloud Update 2014

Interactive resources
Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Brochure

VNA Image Availability Whitepaper

What Should the NHS Expect from a VNA Whitepaper

Forcare White Papers

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About BridgeHead Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution
BridgeHead’s VNA is part of its Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution that enables hospitals to efficiently manage all of their systems and data, within one environment. BridgeHead’s HDM offers a VNA for DICOM images and a compatible archive for non-DICOM files, featuring a rich policy engine used for Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), and controlling features like encryption and compression. BridgeHead’s HDM also offers comprehensive protection of all manner of data found within healthcare environments, from medical images, scanned patient documents, and patient notes, through to email, PDFs and other office type files.

About BridgeHead Software

With 20 years’ experience in data and storage management, BridgeHead Software is trusted by over 1,200 hospitals worldwide. Today, BridgeHead Software helps healthcare facilities overcome challenges stemming from rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around how to store, protect and share clinical and administrative information.

BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management solutions are designed to work with any hospital’s chosen applications and storage hardware, regardless of vendor, providing greater choice, flexibility and control over the way data is managed, now and in the future. For more information, visit www.bridgeheadsoftware.com or follow on Twitter at @BridgeHeadHDM.

About Forcare
Forcare was established in 2006 and is active in the Health Information Exchange (HIE) space. Forcare’s intelligent product suite facilitates HIE within and across organizational boundaries and is based on international IHE XDS standards. Today, Forcare has a leading position with large scale installations in hospitals both in EMEA and North America and is one of the few true independent solution provider in this space.

BridgeHead Software Media Contacts

UK and EMEA

Toby Gavin
Mantis PR: +44 845 299 0684
Mobile: + 44 7912 582003
toby@mantispr.co.uk

Forcare Media Contacts
VP Sales EMEA Forcare B.V.

Guido Dupree
Mobile +31 (0)6 2044 4932
guido.dupree@forcare.com

On March 26, 2014, Forcare’s CTO Mark Sinke (2nd from the left) received the IHE Champion Award 2014 in the vendor category at the Dutch national health IT convention Zorg & ICT in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This new award is granted by IHE Netherlands to people that have made a significant contribution to the progress and adoption of IHE. Through a nomination and voting procedure, Mark was selected for the award, among 4 other vendor nominees.

As IHE Netherlands put it in their nomination: “Mark has been one of the first in the Netherlands to contribute to writing software according to IHE profiles, in particular in the realm of the IT Infrastructure profiles. For many years, his technical influence was visible at IHE Connectathons and IHE Interoperability demonstrations around the world. He currently holds the position of Chief Technology Officer for Forcare, and serves as member of several international IHE committees.”

During the award ceremony, Mark expressed his thanks  to the IHE community at large, stating that “in the necessarily diverse world of healthcare systems and providers, IHE is the way to connect and share patient information, leading to improved care for the patient. IHE is fundamental to better operability, and thus to better healthcare.”

The award will get a prominent position in the Dutch Forcare office, signifying Forcare’s continued commitment to standards and their development.

Early IHE adaptor Guido Zonneveld (manager Medical IT at Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch) received the user IHE Champion Award 2014.

The original nomination (in Dutch) can be found here.

31 Mar / 2014

conhIT (Berlin, May 6-8 2014)

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Forcare will be present at conhIT 2014, held in Berlin, Germany, on May 6-8 this year. Visit our booth at Hall 1.2/E-110a.

Connecting Healthcare

Providing software solutions for Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) is our core business. A Health Information Exchange is a network, allowing our customers to exchange clinical data to support key clinical processes. Examples include imaging networks, referral networks and communication to GPs. An HIE can be built around a single hospital, or can cover a regional or national group of healthcare institutions.Key benefits of a Health Information Exchange are:

•Improving the quality of care by instant access to clinical data, inside and outside the healthcare institution.
•Improving efficiency in care processes, saving time (instant access) and cost (time, transport).
•Securing relationships with your clinical partners by providing a highly-valued information system, which supports their work flows.
•Patient-centric information access, demonstrating to your patients that care professionals spent their time caring about them – not chasing information.

We look forward to meeting you there!

 

31 Mar / 2014

HIMSS Middle East (Jeddah, SA, April 13-14 2014)

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Forcare will be present at the HIMSS Middle East, held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on April 13th and 14th this year. The Forcare solutions will take part in the HIMSS and IHE Interoperability Showcase.

Check the HIMSS Middle East announcement for more information.

We look forward to meeting you there!

 

 

 

At the North American Connectathon held in Chicago, Forcare continues to demonstrate its role as front-runner by successfully completing tests for new profiles like Cross Enterprise Workflow (XDW), Cross Enterprise Basic eReferral Workflow Definition Profile (XBeR-WD) and Mobile Access to Health Documents (MHD).

Besides testing new profiles that lay the foundation for Forcare’s next generation HIE’s, the company’s engineers demonstrated continued compliance with established profiles like XUA++ and XDS(-I).b. In total 204 tests were validated, resulting in 50 gold stars.

Forcare’s “best-in-class” role is broadly recognized within the IHE community, illustrated by the words of Gila Pyke (IHE ITI Planning Committee Co-Chair): You guys are awesome. Your long term commitment to IHE, broad implementation experience of IHE profiles, and thoughtful participation in complex ITI discussions based on that experience are a critical contribution to the success of the IHE community.

At the connectathon interoperability was demonstrated with products from other vendors active in the Health Information Exchange domain. IHE profiles are the foundation of many interoperability initiatives including epSOS, Healheway, the Canadian Infoway and form the basis of many small and larger Health Information Exchanges world-wide that Forcare contributes to.

Forcare connectathon results are available via the IHE Connectathon Results database.

 

This post describes a Dutch tradeshow and is available in Dutch only.

Zorg & ICT is het jaarlijks ijkpunt voor ICT en innovatie binnen de zorg. Het is de vakbeurs waar u op de hoogte raakt van de laatste ontwikkelingen voor uw specifieke beleidsterrein of vakgebied.

EPD/ECD, DOMOTICA & EHEALTH
Er zijn grote verschuivingen gaande binnen de zorg. Zorg & ICT 2014 speelt in op deze ontwikkelingen door de thema’s EPD/ECD, domotica en eHealth extra uit te lichten. Dit sluit uitstekend aan bij de missie van Forcare. Onze innovatieve producten hebben een daadwerkelijke impact op klinische resultaten, op een manier die efficiency en kwaliteit van zorg verbetert. Voortbouwend op ons standaarden-gebaseerd portfolio van interoperabiliteitsproducten bieden wij producten die uw informatie creëren, delen en beheren in een zorgnetwerk.

Of u nu een oplossing nodig heeft om verwijzingen naar uw instelling te ondersteunen, of dat u uw klinische (beeld) data wilt delen met andere verwante zorginstellingen. De producten van Forcare garanderen een betrouwbare en veilige uitwisseling van klinische informatie zo dat uw clinici op hun patiënten kunnen focussen en de kwaliteit van uw zorg kunnen verhogen.

We nodigen u van harte uit op onze stand (#C038) om over succesvolle, nationale en internationale zorgnetwerken te leren. Deze netwerken hebben gemeen dat ze onze IHE XDS-gebaseerde producten gebruiken. Om meer over deze producten te leren kunt u onze product overzicht op deze site raadplegen.

Tot ziens op Zorg & ICT 2014!

We zien er naar uit om u te ontmoeten op onze stand.

harmForcare CEO Harm-Jan Wessels has been elected as board member of the IHE International Board. “My involvement with IHE dates back to 1998, as IHE got started in radiology and organized the first Connect-a-thons and interoperability demonstrations.”, Harm-Jan elaborates.

“I would like to continue my engagement in IHE through active participation in the IHE International Board as At-Large Representative. Based on recent involvement in Board initiatives, I aspire to make a contribution to IHE’s further growth and success. In this effort, I will strive to represent the interests of all IHE International members in our joint endeavors to make interoperability a cornerstone for better healthcare globally.”

Orlando (USA), will host the 2014 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 23-27, 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center. Over 29,000 healthcare industry professionals and 900 exhibitors are expected to attend and discuss cutting-edge technology and innovative healthcare solutions designed to improve patient care.

Innovations. Impact. Outcomes!

HIMSS must have thought of Forcare when creating their 2014 theme “Innovations. Impact. Outcome”. Our innovative products truly impact clinical outcomes in a way that improves the efficiency and quality of care. Building on our standards-based suite of  interoperability products we provide products that create, share and manage your information in a health information exchange.

Whether you need a solution to support referrals to your healthcare facility, or whether you are in need to share your clinical (image) data with other affiliated care facilities. Forcare products guarantee a reliable, safe and secure exchange of clinical information such that your clinicians can focus on their patients, and improve the quality of care.

We cordially invite you to visit our booth (#3309) and learn about the successful Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) globally. These HIEs have in common that they each use our IHE XDS-based products. To learn more about these products please visit our products overview.

See you @ HIMSS 2014!

We look forward to meeting you at our booth.

Visit our HIMSS 2014 page for more information


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