20 Mar / 2015
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published a Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap DRAFT Version 1.0 on January 30. The roadmap describes the actions and roles of a variety of health IT stakeholders to achieve the agency’s vision for an interoperable health IT environment. The ONC also published the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory the same day. This document, which is an “open draft” intends to begin an interactive process that will ultimately result in a list of standards and implementation specifications for a broad range of clinical health IT interoperability purposes.
Although it is still a draft, Forcare welcomes this initiative as it will help creating clarity to both vendors and (clinical) users which communication standards should be considered when setting up a health information exchange. Standards-based communication between healthcare IT systems provides the best guarantee for achieving true interoperability in order to achieve exchange of clinical data in a meaningful way.
Forcare products already support many of the standards selected by the ONC for the purpose of querying for documents within a specific health information exchange domain, or between health information exchange. Please refer to our solutions and product sections to learn more about Forcare products.
At HIMSS 2015 Forcare will demonstrate its health information exchange products.
22 Jan / 2015
Zeist, January 22nd 2015 – Today Forcare has announced that it successfully completed the registration of its software product suite of standards-based interoperability products as Class 1 Medical Devices within the European Union.
Harm-Jan Wessels (CEO): “Forcare continuously strives for compliancy with regulations that are important to our customers and business partners. Our focus is to develop safe, secure and reliable software products that facilitate the exchange of clinical information. This registration is a confirmation of our commitment to maintain high product quality.”
As of the 3.3 release the Forcare products forView, forIndex, forStore, forConnect & forBridge are registered as (an accessory to) a medical device class I within the European Union. This registration is in addition to the already existing compliance to ISO 13485:2012 and FDA QSR 21 CFR Part 820 listing. The compliance to these standards/directives extends to the entire Forcare product suite.
02 Dec / 2014
Canada – December 2nd, 2014 – Intelerad Medical Systems™, a leader in medical imaging PACS, RIS and workflow solutions, today announced they have signed a teaming agreement to leverage Forcare’s IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) functionality to further enhance their cross-enterprise data sharing abilities.
“We are excited that Intelerad will leverage Forcare’s standards-based health information exchange technology to complement their market-leading radiology interoperability suite,” said Andries Hamster, Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Forcare. “Through this agreement, we look forward to helping them expand on these capabilities to pursue larger HIE projects.”
“At Intelerad, we are always looking for ways to extend the capabilities of our solutions and to offer more value to our clients,” said Chris Henri, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Intelerad. “By integrating Forcare’s capabilities into our solution suite, we will be able to offer our clients solutions that enable them to participate in modern health information exchanges.”
By integrating XDS technology, imaging enterprises are able to discover and retrieve relevant patient images and reports, and share related documents with affiliated enterprises. For radiologists, this helps improve quality through a better understanding of the patient’s history, while facilitating collaboration among healthcare providers and improving the continuity of care.
Rapid access to information stored in disparate repositories across the enterprise also improves the productivity of radiologists and technologists by reducing unnecessary patient transfers and exams. In addition, leveraging XDS-I can reduce operational costs associated with the acquisition, storage, management and sharing of medical records.
Information regarding Intelerad’s interoperability capabilities can be obtained at RSNA, at booth 2165 in South Hall A. For more information about Intelerad at RSNA 2014, visit http://rsna.intelerad.com.
Information regarding Forcare’s HIE interoperability products can be obtained at RSNA, at booth 6453 in North Hall B. For more information about Intelerad at RSNA 2014, visit http://www.forcare.com/rsna2014.
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 providers in this space. For more information, visit www.forcare.com.
Intelerad Medical Systems is a leader in distributed radiology, specializing in RIS, PACS and workflow solutions for healthcare organizations. Intelerad solutions increase productivity and streamline workflow by overcoming technical barriers in distributed and complex environments. Highly scalable, flexible and robust, Intelerad’s solutions offer high performance and industry leading customer service and support. Intelerad solutions are used in more than 1,000 sites across North America, Oceania and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.intelerad.com.
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Zeist, November 27, 2014 – Today McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions, a long standing partner of Forcare announced the General Availability of Clinical Data Exchange™ 1.1
Clinical Data Exchange™ 1.1 is the follow up to the inaugural release of McKesson’s standards-based solution for managing and sharing published images and related clinical documents using XDS and related technology from Forcare. This exciting release unveils a bold new look to complement its impressive list of powerful enhancements, new features, and augmented capabilities.
This family of products continues to help McKesson’s customers manage and share non-DICOM images (and image-related documents) from multiple ‘ologies’. Clinicians can then access available images and documents from a single interface, alongside radiology studies, regardless of where the patient originally received care. It provides a sharing infrastructure that is safe, manageable, flexible, and can be deployed in any environment, irrespective of the incumbent PACS or VNA vendor.
For existing McKesson customers, McKesson Clinical Data Exchange family of products offers a fluid user experience between the McKesson Radiology PACS and the McKesson Clinical Data Exchange Viewer, maintaining context in support of an interrupt-driven workflow.
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16 Oct / 2014
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
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.
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ASHTEAD, UK – August, 19th, 2014 – BridgeHead 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) 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.
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.
 In 2013, in its ‘Medical Enterprise Data Storage – World – 2013’ report, IHS named BridgeHead Software number one in EMEA’s independent VNA market
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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.
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.
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01 Apr / 2014
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
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.
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