Added value of ICW’s solutions for cross-enterprise patient records

Much more than just documents: The comprehensive patient record

The Document & Image Exchange module represents a cross-enterprise patient record based on an IHE XDS-compliant directory of registered documents and image data (document registry). The cross-enterprise document exchange process is rounded out by a central repository for storing documents (document repository) and the integration of existing decentralized document and image archives.

With the addition of the Clinical Data Repository module, data can be extracted from structured medical documents as well as from HL7 messages. The module stores structured medical data such as lab results, diagnoses, procedures, medications, immunizations, vital signs, allergies, or administrative cases. Integrated deduplication and aggregation of duplicated data ensure that only the relevant medical information is kept in focus.

Much more than just documents: Collaboration among stakeholders

Access to electronic patient records is enhanced by integratable value-adding services provided by the Collaboration Extensions in the ICW eHealth Suite. For example, various integrated communication services can be used with the Secure Messaging module, including directed communications between patients and the service providers treating them. The efficient and structured exchange of messages can be expanded by linking information from the cross-enterprise electronic patient record.

Another value-adding service offers a superior way for providers and patients to compile structured data. The Integrated Forms module uses electronic forms to help compile administrative or clinical information, such as history or follow-up care. Once a form is released by the user, it is available in the cross-enterprise electronic patient record.

Exchanging data with other systems: Interoperability at the highest level

Using the latest communication standards and interface technologies, the modules in ICW’s eHealth suite can be integrated perfectly into existing system landscapes and processes. The profiles developed by the international IHE initiative play an important part, but the modules also support HL7 standards, such as the Version 2.x. messaging standard, as well as CDA (Clinical Document Architecture) and FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resources).

Quick access and exchange of relevant information: Doctor and patient become a treatment team

Thanks to its web-based portal interface, access to the cross-enterprise electronic patient record is extremely simple, and is immediately available to both patients and service providers. The Provider Portal offers providers various ways to view documents, images and structured medical data so that they can always have an up-to-date overview of all the patient’s treatment-related information. If a provider is waiting for important treatment-related information, e.g. a lab report they requested, they can actively request notification when the uploaded data is registered.

The Patient Portal module is a way for patients to access their cross-enterprise electronic patient record. Having access to their own data makes the patient and their family members part of the treatment team. The provider search function helps patients to quickly locate doctors and organizations in their area. The Patient Onboarding module assists patients with setting up their own user accounts to make them active participants in the treatment process. Once they have registered, patients can link their user account to the relevant cross-enterprise electronic patient record. Data can also be exchanged with integrated apps via the user account.

The greatest possible protection for medical information: Security “Made in Germany”

ICW offers comprehensive security functions to safeguard sensitive personal information. This includes authentication, encryption, auditing, and access logs. In compliance with data protection regulations, access to medical information is dependent on patient consent and access rights.

The Patient Consent Manager module makes it easy to issue and manage electronic patient consents. This ensures that cross-enterprise data exchange is always data protection-compliant. Consent is an interoperable process based on IHE profiles such as BPPC (Basic Patient Privacy Consent) or APPC (Advanced   Patient Privacy Consent); as the lead author, ICW played a vital part in designing these profiles for international standardization. General or facility-specific consents can be created for a given patient and stored as documents using the Patient Consent Manager’s graphical user interface. The Document & Image Exchange module analyzes the consents and automatically modifies access rights for the cross-enterprise electronic patient record.


Summary of benefits

  • Over 10 years of project experience with more than 60 satisfied customers around the world
  • Extensive records functionality with value-adding services for physicians and patients
  • Numerous standards-compliant interfaces, such as IHE, HL7 and FHIR
  • Configurable access rights system based on electronic patient consents
  • Support for a wide range of use cases
  • Solution continually evolves with you and your requirements