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The platform for any medical analysis - data in the hands of the patient

Where the industry failed to provide standardized emr - med-o-card succeeds.Modern technology permit storage of any type of medical format on a credit card sized 16/32gb memory where coding and analysis is done on the card using cardinstalled medical and pharmaceutical databases and analysis tools

More than 50.000 patients die every year in German hospitals due to wrong medication. At the same time - and within the parameters of Germany being considered one of the technologically most advanced medical community - only 8 % of all German hospitals and only 12% of all German doctors have access to automated, clinical AMTS (Arzneimittel-Therapy-Systems). Thus the German Ministry of Health advance the use of patient held medical data devices as a means to provide the patient with the opportunity to show any doctor and/or hospital the entire medical profile of a patient that was accumulated from doctors and hospitals in Germany, from doctors and hospitals abroad, from data input provided by non-conventional therapies and data that originates from the patient himself (i.e. Monitoring data). In order that such decentralized data device in the hands of patients to become a universal tool that can be accepted by any medical service (doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, others) the German Ministry of Health employed the R&D institute FRAUNHOFER (Berlin) to define the digital logic of a standardized EPA (Elektronische Patienten Akte). MED-O-CARD wrote than the software to integrate the EPA both at the card and at doctors and hospital information systems and was the first to install that EPA on MED-O-CARD. On instruction of the Ministry of Health and of the Federal Doctors Association (BÄK) that EPA-module will consequently be installed with 250.000 MDs and about 3000 hospitals and 25.000 pharmacies in Germany. That EPA Module allows any medical software company to either adopt the EPA module as it is or to write an additional small interface module to their own software so that the doctor software understands the MED-O-CARD EPA software and transfers codes, text or image data to the card onto the card's own patient-DB in such a fashion that the information can be called up again by any doctor or hospital that has the EPA module installed. Additionally, the use of MED-O-CARD must bend to the stringent data security rules of the German governmental health network (gematik). In that respect MED-O-CARD was the only USB device accepted by the Ministry of Health and its Security Control Institute (BSI). The multi-task functionalities that are required from MED-O-CARD are monumental. It must work within the national health VPN (gematik) , within a multiple number of hospital chain VPNs, with doctors networking but also with individual doctors PCs that are not online since the Law (Sozialgesetzbuch V, §291a) demands that data from patient data cards must be available for doctors even if that doctor is not online. Further and last, the medical device MED-O-CARD must be able to code data in all such cases in which a doctor or a hospital system does not have coding systems (ICD-10, ATC, DRGS, others) installed. For that purpose professional DB that provides such coding is installed on each card. Whilst the basic infrastructure for the use of MED-O-CARD was designed for unilateral, worldwide use in Israel, specific instructions of the Germany Ministry of Health and of the Federal Doctors Association (BÄK) have to be followed to allow the process of integrating doctors and hospital software firms. That process becomes a time- and cost related factor that can be achieved only in collaboration with a German software firm that has experience to work on the one side with the German national health grid (gematik) and on the other side with about 250 medical software firms of which 30 represent 90% of the German market. Once the German EPA Project runs its national tests the project will integrate into the EU framework of standardized medical information that is planned to start 1.1.2013. .
Acronym: 
MED-O-CARD
Project ID: 
8 034
Start date: 
01-05-2012
Project Duration: 
24months
Project costs: 
4 500 000.00€
Technological Area: 
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMS TECHNOLOGY
Market Area: 
MEDICAL / HEALTH RELATED

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