Improved Access to Patient Data for Hospital Physicians: ICW Hospital Networking Solution Optimizes Access to Patient Data
April 07, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsWalldorf, April 2007 – The hospital networking solution of eHealth specialist InterComponentWare AG (ICW) provides hospital physicians with faster and specific access to their patients’ medical data due to the optimization of access rights to its Virtual Medical Record. The new features allow doctors to access patient data at the proper time according to their involvement in the treatment process.
Only the attending hospital doctors and nurses involved in the treatment of an individual patient have full access to a patient’s data at any given time.
In order to ensure that doctors who are only incrementally involved in a patient’s treatment have relevant information available to them, the automatic and manual allocation of access rights to the virtual medical record have been improved. The attending hospital physician can authorize a specialist, who is only temporarily involved in a patient’s care, to access particular data in the patient’s virtual medical record by manually extending the access rights.
In emergencies, on-duty physicians are able to access all virtual medical records in the system by using a special emergency access function and a personal password. Thus, all doctors who are involved in the treatment process can gain appropriate access to patient data. A detailed log of the records that have been accessed is maintained to prevent any potential abuse.
hospital networking solution connects existing, but previously isolated hospital information systems, without having to replace the software in use.
InterComponentWare AG (ICW) is a leading international eHealth specialist with locations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the USA and Bulgaria. Its solutions for networking the various players in the healthcare system lastingly improve process-oriented communication and data integrity, and therefore also the quality of healthcare. Among other things, ICW develops and distributes software and hardware components for the healthcare IT infrastructure for electronic health cards, the LifeSensor personal health record as well as networking solutions for hospitals and physician offices. As part of the bIT4health consortium, ICW provided important consulting services for the implementation of the electronic health card in Germany, is involved in the Austrian eCard project and has recently won the pilot project for the national health card in Bulgaria.
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