Remote Heart Failure Monitoring Technology Wins Top German Prize for Telemedicine


December 15, 2011

December 15, 2011 — InterComponentWare Inc. has been honored with the 2011 Karl Storz Prize for Telemedicine through its participation in the prestigious German "Partnership for the Heart" consortium. The prize was bestowed by The German Society for Telemedicine.

The consortium won the award for developing a remote monitoring system - including software for the telemedicine workplace and an electronic medical record - for the telemedical care of patients suffering from congestive heart failure.

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, "Partnership for the Heart" conducted a two-year study of patients with congestive heart failure. Vital parameters like weight, blood pressure and ECG measurements were automatically transmitted wirelessly to two facilities: the telemedical center at Charité University Medical Center in Berlin and the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart. After analysis, suspicious deviations from predefined normal ranges created automated alarms in the system so the individual or their doctor could be contacted promptly.

Other participants in the "Partnership for the Heart" consortium include Charité, Bosch Healthcare GmbH, telemedical supplier Aipermon GmbH Co. KG and associated partners Deutsche Telekom and health insurers Barmer-GEK and Bosch-BKK.

Friedrich Köhler, head of the Center for Vascular Telemedicine at the Charité, accepted the award on behalf of the consortium.

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