ICE™ (InterCare Clinical Explorer) is an enterprise level Point of Care Solution that can be used in both inpatient and outpatient settings for clinical documentation by virtually any healthcare provider.
Over 10 years of research and development have been spent in the development of the ICE™ software. The strength of the ICE™ application is derived from differentiated core technologies consisting of the following:
Mainstream SQL database with full open architecture, defining a central data repository (CDR) of lifetime, longitudinal, multimedia patient records.
Hierarchical enterprise and user definitions to insure access to patient information on a “need-to-know” basis.
Graphical user interface (with built-in, optional human anatomy navigation) that simplifies documentation and information access.
End-user tool sets for complete customization of database-driven content and output.
Data query tools and robust data mining capabilities through off-the-shelf third-party products.
Interface capabilities to facilitate peaceful coexistence with installed legacy systems.
Enterprise level reporting services
Integrated Telemedicine component.
While designed for implementation in a typical client-server environment, ICE™ is also completely web-enabled, thereby facilitating remote access to the ICE™ central data repository. Internet and VPN access capabilities facilitate the proactive participation of the consumer in the entire care delivery process. As such, InterCare will have ICE™ positioned to become a significant player in the growing market of Internet-based, e-healthcare communities, significantly expanding the scope of available healthcare solutions.
InterCare's ICE™ software operates over a customizable and highly adaptable operating environment designed to concurrently serve all care providers throughout the continuum-of-care:
Medical professions (i.e. physician, nurse, therapists, technologists, etc.)
Medical specialties (i.e. Primary care, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, Surgery, etc.)
Facility types (i.e. acute care, ambulatory care, long term care and home care)
In order to accomplish the provision of this power and flexibility, ICE™ employs a Central Data Repository (CDR) that encompasses a variety of informational elements as follows:
Medical knowledge base
Enterprise administrative definitions
Patient clinical documentation
The medical knowledge base includes, but is not limited to, a wide variety of conventional medical content that represents both the “tool set” and clinical decision support capabilities available to the healthcare enterprise, as follows:
Standard SOAP documentation elements
Portable Patient Medical Record System (PR-ICE™)
Diagnostic, treatment, and service coding systems
DICOM compliant digital image interface
Pathways, Interdisciplinary Care Plans, and Flow sheets
Virtual anatomical imagery for note navigation and inclusion/annotation within the patient record
Patient and Staff educational videos
Owing to the ICE™ architecture, the knowledge base is entirely scalable and extensible, and may be flexibly configured in order to adapt to virtually any healthcare setting and/or documentation context.
Within ICE™, a healthcare enterprise can be defined hierarchically as a combination of physical and/or logical locations that differ in both the types of services provided (e.g., inpatient vs. outpatient) and in the flow of information between and among those locations. Based on these distinctions, roles (i.e., functions performed by various personnel at a given location) can be defined that:
Limit access to specific patient information on a ”need to know” basis
Determine the types of documentation tools available for a given role at a particular location
Prescribe the flow of information between/among the roles defined at various locations.
In short, ICE™ can be adapted to the way a particular enterprise, or any location within the enterprise, performs its unique functions with respect to patient care.
Patient clinical data (lifetime, longitudinal, multimedia patient electronic medical records) include documentation on virtually any encounter between healthcare professionals and patients. Given the enormous variety of information that needs to be recorded, ICE™ employs a unique methodology for storing patient information. Rather than using a static record structure that would need to anticipate every conceivable type of patient data, ICE™ uses a simplified, dynamic record structure that incorporates “metadata” (i.e., data about the type of information stored within a given record). This method results in an enormous reduction in patient record volume and drastically simplifies the addition of new types of information to a patient record. Patient information within the CDR is almost entirely codified (i.e., replaced by codes associated with specific information in the medical knowledge base). When viewing any portion of a patient record, coded information is used to dynamically generate a meaningful representation from specific information within the medical knowledge base.