LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/11/12 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCBB: MMRF) ("MMR"), a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs), MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and MMRPro document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals, today called attention to an article about health IT featured this week in CivSource that focused on MMR's health IT patent portfolio and implications to government-supported initiatives. According to CivSource, a leading news and information site for civic leaders of government, "Health IT may be headed down the same path as other parts of the IT landscape, forcing vendor relationships in order to avoid legal fees instead of focusing on maximizing value and outcomes based care -- the original goals of many of these reforms." The article began by making the point that many health IT legislative initiatives, including those supported by the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), are moving forward. These initiatives include grant money for electronic medical records, or 90/10 funding from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to modernize systems (startup-battles-patents-v-open-source%2f">click here for article).
"We are pleased that a publication directed at community and civic leaders recognizes the importance of health IT and resultant costs of care to government," said Robert H. Lorsch, MMRGlobal Chairman and CEO. "Simply put, we believe MMR's patents as well as our products and services contribute to reduced healthcare costs. Additionally, Personal Health Records represent a great way for local governments that often self-insure to reduce medical costs by controlling duplicate testing and procedures through the required deployment of PHRs to employees and their families. MMR's IP, particularly its MyMedicalRecords PHR, also represents an untethered solution to the management of healthcare for children in the foster care system and inmates in correctional facilities. Our PHR connects with any doctor or hospital regardless of the systems on the other end and without the need to install a costly EMR system."
MMRGlobal has begun efforts to enforce and license its health IT patents through the law firm, Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP, and has already started contacting hundreds of hospitals, vendors and facilities this week. This is in addition to notices the Company has already sent to potential licensees at various stages since the filing of its patents. MMR's patent portfolio is related to Personal Health Records and electronic healthcare records and includes U.S. Patent Nos. 8,121,855; 8,117,646; and 8,117,045; and two Notices of Allowance including U.S. Serial No. 13/352,026 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office which expands the Company's "Method and System for Providing Online Medical Records" to cover the exchange of protected health information to and from patients, doctors, pharmacies, insurance providers and other healthcare professionals in various forms, including, but not limited to, email, text, phone, facsimile and web-based portals. The MMR patent portfolio is believed to be relevant to virtually any provider who transmits electronic health records in that it will limit their ability to communicate protected health information without potentially infringing on MMR's patents.
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