Retired Gen. Schwarzkopf talks up German PHR on TV show

A German healthcare IT vendor's personal health record and virtual medical home projects were featured in a recent talk show program hosted by retired United States Army General Norman Schwarzkopf.

InterComponentWare AG, which is touting its PHR as a driver to better healthcare delivery, plans to launch the latest version of its Web-based LifeSensor PHR this month. Schwarzkopf detailed this initiative in a July 29 installment of the Health Journal Television program.

"A PHR alone doesn't make much sense," noted Peter Reuschel, ICW's global chief executive officer. "It's really about the integration of a PHR with other information systems which are already in place." On that belief, ICW is further developing its ProfessionalGate system integration platform for use within healthcare organisations.

ICW and the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island recently announced their virtual medical home project - an initiative to develop and test a "21st century patient-centered eHealth model of care" based around the LifeSensor PHR.

David K. Ahern, a scientist involved in the virtual medical home project, appeared on Schwarzkopf's program to discuss the progress of the ICW initiative. "The 21st century healthcare system needs to be patient-centered, evidence-based, cost effective and provide quality," Ahern said.

The MHRI project is based on ICW's ongoing IT developments at Germany's Heidelberg University Hospital.

"The software solutions that will be used at the Memorial Hospital Rhode Island are an adapted version of the hospital connectivity software that we are also using at Heidelberg University Hospital," said Dirk Schuhmann, ICW's head of public relations.

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