ComMedica wins European Innovation Award with Patient Record Library System technology

Woking 22 November 2002ComMedica's world-leading clinical information software systems have won the "Best Software Innovation" prize at the European Innovation Awards 2002. ComMedica's software products are based around its flagship PIRILIS or Patient Record Library System technology, which is transforming health care provision worldwide by enabling the universal sharing of all forms of clinical information, including diagnostic-quality medical images and waveforms. In time, such systems will bring to a close the days of archaic and inefficient paper- and film-based medical record-keeping.


The prestigious award will be presented to ComMedica at a gala dinner in Paris on December 4th. A panel of independent judges singled ComMedica out from among competing entries after considering the extent to which the entrants' ideas, methods and technologies were able to improve quality of life or enhance productivity.

Mark Simon, ComMedica's Chief Executive Officer, believes the award provides confirmation that PIRILIS technology represents a fundamentally new way in which IT can enable health care. He stated: "Electronic medical records provide the key to improving the quality of global health care. In five years, they will be as widely accepted as the stethoscope. ComMedica is leading the way in this technology as this award recognises. This is a remarkable achievement for a company that was only spun out of Imperial College in 2000."

The unique architecture of PIRILIS technology allows the sharing of patient-centric information through flexible Web-based, platform independent software that uses proven, future-proof, standard, open-system technology. PIRILIS users can gain access via any Web browser on any network-connected device. This, and the software's ability to communicate with a wide variety of medical devices and IT applications, means PIRILIS effectively leverages health institutions' existing investments in medical diagnostic equipment and IT.

Among the company's products, ComMedica PACS provides a full-functional solution for radiology centres and for telemedicine providers. ComMedica O-PACS promises to enable the widespread diagnosis and secure sharing of the ophthalmic patient information necessary for screening against Type II diabetes. ComMedica's PIRILIS technology is in use in the United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, and Middle East, and is at the forefront of the recently-announced United Kingdom National Health Service IT revolution.

Leslie Versweyveld

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