LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 11, 2013) – MyMedicalRecords, Inc. (“MMR”), a wholly owned subsidiary of MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF), today announced the filing of a complaint for patent infringement against Quest Diagnostics, Inc. The complaint alleges that Quest is infringing on MMR’s Personal Health Records patent, specifically, U.S. Patent No. 8,301,466, and as a result, MMR is seeking monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, case number CV-13-2538-CBM (MNx), on April 10, 2013 and is available on the court’s website http://www.pacer.gov/. As stated in the complaint, pursuant to its public records and statements, Quest is “the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing services with a medical and scientific staff of approximately 900 MDs and PhDs, an extensive network of convenient patient locations and laboratories and a range of complementary diagnostic products.” MMR is a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs), MyEsafeDepositBoxstorage solutions, and MMRPro document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals. MMR currently has seven U.S. health IT patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 8,352,287; 8,352,288; 8,121,855; 8,117,646; 8,117,045; and 8,321,240 as well as the 8,301,466 patent, and additional applications and continuation applications. MMR’s Patent Portfolio includes inventions pertaining to Personal Health Records, Patient Portals and other Electronic Health Record systems. MMR also has been granted patents and has other pending applications in countries of commercial interest including Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea, Israel, and European nations.
According to the complaint, Quest offers a product known as Gazelle. Gazelle is a mobile health application that is a PHR. Gazelle allows a customer to receive and store through his or her cell phone medical information, including personal medical records. Gazelle is configured to allow Quest to send lab results and other information directly to the customer’s account that the customer may access through his or her cell phone. On information and belief, while access is allowed via a cell phone, the personal health information is stored on servers by Quest. The complaint also alleges that on information and belief, Quest, through Gazelle or other products, enables physicians using Quest’s Care360 product to also share information directly with patients. Quest’s Care360, an EHR platform, provides clinical connectivity and electronic healthcare solutions to healthcare institutions, physicians and patients. Customers using Gazelle can also receive records directly from healthcare providers using Care360, through the Care360 system, and those healthcare providers that are not using Quest’s Care360 product.
Additionally, customers are asked to set up a Quest Diagnostic Patient Account, creating a user name and password specific for that account to provide access and security. Through Gazelle and the Quest Diagnostic Patient Account, customers may electronically share, including by email and fax, their healthcare information with physicians, pharmacists and anyone else they choose. Customers can also enter and record a variety of personal health information into Gazelle and the Quest Diagnostic Patient Account. Gazelle allows patients to receive lab results directly from Quest, as well as to see, store and share prescriptions, physician information, immunizations, emergency contacts, medical conditions, and allergies. The number of different physicians whose records can be included in Quest’s personal health record is not limited. Further, the physicians need not be part of the same physician group or practice at the same hospital. The personal health records stored as part of Quest’s patient portal is independent from records stored by the physician or healthcare provider.
Working with Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP, MMR has been pursuing efforts to monetize its patent portfolio and other IP by investigating potential infringement of MMR’s patents by entities such as retail pharmacies, EHR and PHR vendors, laboratory systems, hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare professionals.
For additional information regarding the MyMedicalRecords, Inc. complaint against Quest Diagnostics, Inc., contact Ted Ward at Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP at (310) 500-3384.
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, retail pharmacies, 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 through an integrated patient portal. 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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