The European Commission has identified a total of 27 IHE profiles to be used by member states in public procurement. The EC views these profiles as a means to reach normalisation and interoperability in eHealth while creating an open and transparent single digital market.
The 27 profiles that the Commission have made eligible for referencing in public procurement, are broadly supported since they have been evaluated by the European multi-stakeholder platform on ICT standardisation. That MSP consists of representatives of the member states. Representatives from industry have also contributed to the EC decision.
The Commission expects that IHE increases interoperability of services and applications in eHealth. That is in the interest of patients and the medical world alike. The 27 IHE profiles should be used as technical ICT specifications in national tenders and public procurement.
Forcare’s products support many of these recommended IHE profiles.
16 Apr / 2015
06 Apr / 2015
Thanks to VC funding, global supplier of eHealth software is able to drive innovation and accelerate international expansion
Zeist, April 9, 2015 – Forcare, developer of a software suite that seamlessly integrates existing healthcare systems, has acquired a growth capital of 5 million Euros from Prime Ventures. The funding, from one of the top investors in Europe, underlines the potential and innovative power of eHealth specialist Forcare.
Forcare will deploy the funding to drive global growth, expand its sales team and strengthen its worldwide position. The eHealth specialist will primarily focus on North America and European countries like Germany, France, Russia and the UK. Additionally, Forcare will use the capital to reinforce its technological lead in the field of innovative solutions for standards-based interoperability. The company developed and delivers a cloud platform with healthcare integration services for this. Forcare is also continuing to consolidate and extend its partner network. Large international companies such as IBM, Philips and McKesson are already part of this network.
“It is with great pleasure that Forcare announces the financing by one of the leading technology venture capital funds in Europe, Prime Ventures. This funding underlines and rewards the innovative power and growth potential of a relatively small company like ours,” said Forcare CEO Harm-Jan Wessels. “With our philosophy of “Patient Empowered Collaborative Care”, we want our software suite to contribute to a better and more efficient healthcare industry on a global scale. This specifically means enhanced access to digital patient records, for both medical staff and patients.”
“In recent years Forcare has achieved significant growth,” said Sake Bosch, managing partner at Prime Ventures. “With its unique products, and strong business partners, Forcare is well positioned to quickly expand internationally in a market that offers many opportunities.”
Forcare develops software that contributes positively to healthcare and shifts the control of medical data back to patients. The Forcare solution offers both medical staff and patients secure and reliable access to digital health information. As a result, physicians are able to collaborate more efficiently. This strongly contributes to the safety and health of patients and allows healthcare institutions to reduce costs.
Forcare is the developer of a modular software suite that seamlessly integrates existing healthcare systems. As a result, healthcare professionals have optimum access to medical information, even if systems are based on various industry standards. Forcare supplies its highly specialized software exclusively through its partner channel. The company was founded in 2006 and currently employs 35 people. Please visit www.forcare.com for more information.
About Prime Ventures
Prime Ventures is a leading venture capital and growth equity firm focused on investing in European companies in technology and related industries. The firm has invested in companies in the Benelux countries, Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. From its offices in the Netherlands and the UK the independent partnership manages over half a billion Euros in committed capital. Please visit www.primeventures.com for more information.
05 Apr / 2015
Does your organization experience manual workflows that are not addressed by your EMR or other foundational systems?
In case it does, we would like to present to you a pragmatic and gradual approach that eliminates manual, paper-based workflows while preserving existing investments in HIT systems.
More than ever, value-based care delivery requires providers to re-evaluate their internal processes to minimize risk and maximize upside. Among the important areas of focus are the workflows that have an impact on the quality and efficiency of care. Those workflows are typically data intensive and span multiple non-integrated clinical systems.
Do your clinicians require access to radiology images that are scattered across multiple PACS/VNA archives?
In case they do, we would like to present to you a proven approach that enables seamless discovery of, and access to the patients’ imaging record across disparate VNA and PACS systems under different patient and terminology domains without the need for a costly and lengthy migration.
21 Mar / 2015
Is your organization going through a merger or affiliation with another provider?
In case it does, we would like to present to you a proven approach that facilitates cross-organizational clinical collaboration. By enabling access to aggregated patient information from clinical source systems, we alleviate the pressure on the merged and affiliated organizations to consolidate on a single IT platform.
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.
Intelerad Medical Systems Incorporated
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Forcare Canada Inc.
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