LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF) Chairman and CEO Robert H. Lorsch, returning from the 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans, March 3-7, said that patents and patients are clearly the stars of health IT going into Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. As a result of overwhelming interest in licensing and reselling the Company's patented technologies and intellectual property, and requests for meetings and presentations, Lorsch will be traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., New York, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago starting tomorrow for licensing, strategic partnership and settlement meetings with hospitals, healthcare vendors and others. Lorsch said that HIMSS was an extraordinary event for the Company, with hospital administrators, chief technology officers, payers and vendors who had read about the MMR Patent Portfolio visiting MMRGlobal's booth with Personal Health Records on their shopping list.
"HIMSS demonstrated that hospitals and vendors are interested in purchasing services for improved patient engagement and investment bankers and private equity groups are looking to acquire companies that provide products and services for patient interaction. As evidenced by more than half a billion dollars in publicized deal flow announced at the show, there is great interest in buying, selling, acquiring or investing in any company that offers tools for the patient, especially if it involves a Personal Health Record," said Lorsch.
In his March 7th closing day keynote address at HIMSS13, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, addressed the importance of patient access to protected health information and specifically Personal Health Records. Dr. Mostashari stated that ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) would find ways to make it more profitable to share than hoard a patient's Personal Health Record, and that no one should hold patient data hostage to prevent them from easy access to services at other providers.
Since inception, MMRGlobal has been in the business of offering its free flowing, easy-to-use patented technologies to empower patients to have timely access to all their personal health information and other important documents, regardless of the technology or infrastructure where it is stored. In his remarks, Dr. Mostashari expressed dismay that so many vendors and providers don't understand the final 2014 EHR standards providing that patients must be more involved in their care and providers must provide patients with their data. He stated that there would be no more "I cannot give you your medical records because of HIPAA."
Patents and intellectual property belonging to health IT vendors were in the news on the first day of HIMSS, starting with an article titled, "Patent Wars Heat Up and Cool Down at #HIMSS13." The story included McKesson Corporation and Epic announcing a settlement of their longstanding patent infringement case. Based on that announcement, the media converged on MMRGlobal and MMR's extensive health IT patent portfolio and its possible relevance to the market.
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