LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 13, 2012) - MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF) ("MMR"), a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs), MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and MMRPro document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals, today announced that it has received another Notice of Allowance, U.S. Serial No. 13/352,045, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The NOA includes 27 claims that expand the Company's "Method and System for Providing Online Medical Records," including methods relating to how patients request medical information from hospitals and physicians. The NOA is in addition to the Company's five patents issued by the USPTO including U.S. Patent Nos. 8,121,855; 8,117,646; 8,117,045; 8,301,466 and 8,321,240, as well as another Notice of Allowance, U.S. Serial No. 13/352,068, issued earlier this month. MMR's patent portfolio also includes numerous other issued patents and pending applications in countries of commercial interest around the world including Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Israel, and European nations.
The Company's patents and Notices of Allowance also contain claims directed to Web-based services that provide access to and collect health records from service providers, including, but not limited to, retail pharmacies and laboratory systems as well as hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals using email, facsimile, uploads, and voice. Claims in newly allowed applications also relate to collecting insurance information, appointment and medication reminders and other features that are already included in MMR's MyMedicalRecords.com PHR.
According to John Goodhue at McKee, Voorhees & Sease (www.ipmvs.com), the Company's patent prosecution counsel since the filing of MMR's first patent applications in 2005, "Recent activity in health information technology, including litigation, evidences the significant awareness, interest and value in health IT patents which should increase as the industry approaches the 2014 requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2 and continues to mature. The Company believes that this most recent Notice of Allowance when combined with the Company's existing patents could make it difficult for eligible healthcare professionals to fully qualify for incentives under the HITECH Act without a license from MMR since one of the requirements is to provide patients access to their personal health information through a Web-based portal or PHR."
Of significance, the claims in MMR's newest Notice of Allowance address how healthcare providers send requested patient information to the patient, caretaker, provider or user by various means, including voice, fax, email or other electronic formats connected to a Personal Health Record system, patient portal or other locations on the Web. They also cover how users collect Personal Health Information on the Web or at other destination addresses without the healthcare provider having to enter specific personal identification numbers of the user. The information collected includes but is in no way limited to a patient's medical history, chart notes, vaccination records, laboratory and other test results, prescriptions, and x-rays and images, as well as birth certificates and other important documents such as wills and advance directives.
Based on MMR's patent portfolio, which includes hundreds of claims in the Company's recently issued patents and the Notices of Allowance, the Company is contacting organizations in an ever increasing number of healthcare verticals including large retail pharmacy chains providing Personal Health Record services to customers and nationwide lab services providers. The retail pharmacies and laboratories are being added to the list of hospitals, healthcare professionals and vendors the Company is contacting regarding its health IT patents in an effort to create strategic business relationships and/or license the Company's patented technology.
About MMRGlobal, Inc.
MMRGlobal, Inc., through its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, MyMedicalRecords, Inc., provides secure and easy-to-use online Personal Health Records ("PHRs") and electronic safe deposit box storage solutions, serving consumers, healthcare professionals, employers, insurance companies, financial institutions, and professional organizations and affinity groups. The MyMedicalRecords PHR enables individuals and families to access their medical records and other important documents, such as birth certificates, passports, insurance policies and wills, anytime from anywhere using the Internet. MyMedicalRecords is built on proprietary, patented technologies to allow documents, images and voicemail messages to be transmitted and stored in the system using a variety of methods, including fax, phone, or file upload without relying on any specific electronic medical record platform to populate a user's account. The Company's professional offering, MMRPro, is designed to give physicians' offices an easy and cost-effective solution to digitizing paper-based medical records and sharing them with patients in real time through an integrated patient portal. MMR is an Independent Software Vendor Partner with Kodak to deliver an integrated turnkey EMR solution for healthcare professionals. Through its merger with Favrille, Inc. in January 2009, the Company acquired intellectual property biotech assets that include anti-CD20 antibodies and data and samples from its FavId™/Specifid™ vaccine clinical trials for the treatment of B-Cell Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. To learn more about MMRGlobal, Inc. visit www.mmrglobal.com. View demos and video tutorials of the Company's products and services at www.mmrtheater.com.
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