LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCBB: MMRF) (the "Company" or "MMR") today announced that an article appearing in the Election Day issue of the technology-targeted.html%3fana%3dRSS%26s%3darticle_search%26utm_source%3dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3dfeed%26utm_campaign%3dFeed%253A%2bbizj_pittsburgh%2b%2528Pittsburgh%2bBusiness%2bTimes%2529">Pittsburgh Business Times reported on MMR's foundational health information technology patents and claims that these could force providers to purchase or license the Company's products, services or intellectual property to receive their share of stimulus monies under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The stimulus bill provided over $19 billion in incentives to health care professionals to encourage adoption of electronic medical records and personal health record systems, with a key component now mandating that Americans have timely online access to their personal health information by 2014.
The article, written by Kris B. Mamula, reported on how Personal Health Records, or "patient portal technology," is the focus of an effort by MMRGlobal to license the Company's IP: "MMRGlobal is in the process of contacting numerous hospitals and other health care professionals regarding the enforcement of the company's intellectual property rights and the opportunity to license the technology."
Lee Kim, a lawyer specializing in patent law and information technology at the Pittsburgh offices of Tucker Arensberg, P.C., said in the article, "Patient portal technology is the new wave of the future. Everybody seems to be jumping on that bandwagon." Kim went on to say that "she was not aware of any local hospitals that have been contacted, but advised administrators not to ignore the letters. Instead, the matter should be referred to legal counsel." (technology-targeted.html%3fana%3dRSS%26s%3darticle_search%26utm_source%3dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3dfeed%26utm_campaign%3dFeed%253A%2bbizj_pittsburgh%2b%2528Pittsburgh%2bBusiness%2bTimes%2529">Click Here for story)
According to MMRGlobal CEO Robert H. Lorsch, "It's amazing how this article was published on the day that President Obama was re-elected before anyone knew for certain that he would be. As a result, it appears that health IT and health reform are continuing to move full speed ahead. We believe that MMR has a significant role to play and a tremendous opportunity to leverage patents that are more than seven years in the making to ensure that every American will have a standardized way to access their health information in an easy-to-use, private and secure manner without special hardware or software."
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