24 Sep / 2015
IHE has certified Forcare’s software, as it meets all requirements of standardized information exchange in healthcare industry
Zeist, 24 September 2015 – Forcare, a developer of software that links existing healthcare systems seamlessly, has received a conformity assessment by IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) for its IHE products. Forcare is the first Dutch company to receive this quality label. The certification implies that the Forcare software meets all technical specifications of IHE for this type of solutions. Customers, including hospitals, are ensured of minimum risks when implementing and deploying these solutions.
The validation process was conducted by Kereval. This officially accredited test lab reviewed the Forcare products based on the following IHE profiles: XDS, PIX, PDQ, ATNA and CT. All products in the Forcare portfolio were approved. Recently, the European Commission stressed the importance of IHE. The commission compiled a list of 27 IHE profiles that can be used by member states at tenders. The European Commission views the IHE profiles as the means to support normalization and interoperability in e-health and create a transparent digital market
Richard Kamman, Manager Information and Medical Technology at Amphia Hospital: “The importance of IHE is crystal clear. The healthcare industry needs standardized solutions very badly and IHE is able to offer them. The certification of these solutions provides a quality boost and a guarantee that the products offered deliver on their promise.”
Mark Sinke, CTO at Forcare: “For us, this certification underlines the quality of the products we provide, the lead we have in this area and our commitment to standardized information exchange in healthcare. I am proud of the team at Forcare that works with a great drive. This is a crowning achievement for years of teamwork.”
Forcare develops software that contributes to the healthcare industry and lets patients manage their own medical records. Medical staff and patients deploy the user-friendly Forcare solution to access digital healthcare information. This enables doctors to work more efficiently, contributes to patient safety and patient health and provides cost savings for healthcare institutions.
About IHE, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
IHE is an international collaboration between users and suppliers of ICT in the healthcare industry. Since its inception in 1997, it has focused on coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7. IHE aims to address specific clinical needs, which contribute to the optimization of patient care. Tests show that systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate better with one another, are easier to implement and maintain, and also enable healthcare providers to use information more effectively. More information can be found at www.ihe-nl.org.
Forcare develops a modular software package that links existing healthcare systems seamlessly. This makes medical information optimally accessible for healthcare professionals, even if these systems are based on various industry standards. The company was founded in 2006; at its head office in Zeist Forcare employs over 35 people. More information can be found at www.forcare.nl.
For more information:
Harm-Jan Wessels, CEO
Tel.: 030 699 1930
Gijs van Beek / Eline Alberts
Tel.: 030 65 65 070
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
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21 Mar / 2015
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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.
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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.