Telekom is one of the largest exhibitors at DMEA (April 26 – 28)
Deutsche Telekom is physically returning to DMEA (April 26-28). Europe’s most important trade fair for digital health care will take place for the first time since 2019 as a face-to-face format. The event is dedicated to digitization and the Hospital Future Act (KHZG). With the KHZG, the federal Government is providing 4.3 billion euros for the digital further development of the approximately 1,900 clinics in Germany by 2024.
From a single source: The Group offers digital solutions for ten of the eleven topics of the Hospital Future Act – from patient portal to cloud services to IT security
Telekom, one of the largest exhibitors, is exhibiting at the Berlin exhibition center in Hall 3.2, Booth A-104, under the motto “DIGITAL. ACT.“ Solutions for the digitalization and the implementation of the KHZG. The Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has developed offers for ten of the eleven topics: from the patient portal to digital documentation, digital discharge management, the use of cloud services to IT security.
“As one of the few companies in Germany, we offer the right solutions for ten of the eleven funding documents deposited in the KHZG that meet all legal data protection requirements. The medical profession, nurses and, above all, patients benefit from this,”says Gottfried Ludewig, who has been in charge of the T-Systems Health Industry division since the beginning of March initiates. “Hospitals are faced with a choice: in the best case, they work with two service providers, in the worst case with eleven. And time is running out. The projects must be completed by the end of 2024, otherwise funding in the billions will expire.“
Shortage of skilled workers as a possible “showstopper”
Both clinics and IT service providers have to deal with an additional challenge in the implementation of the KHZG: there is a shortage of specialists who have a combination of know-how about the specific processes in the healthcare sector as well as IT and digitization solutions. “We need real teamwork between clinic IT and IT service providers in order to manage the projects together,” says Ludewig, who also warns against “isolated solutions”. “If hospitals want to take a decisive step towards digitization, we need holistic solutions.“
iMedOne as a digital platform
The hospital information system (HIS) iMedOne® creates the conditions for networked work in clinics. Currently, more than 250 institutions in Germany use the KIS. This also includes mobile access to all functions via smartphones and tablets. With iMedOne, many KHZG funding events can be implemented. The core components of the AIS are: digitization of the emergency department, digital care documentation and digital medication management. To connect all service providers, iMedOne also offers the interface to the telematics infrastructure (TI).
Cloud services from the Telekom Healthcare Cloud
With the Telekom Healthcare Cloud (THC), companies and healthcare institutions have a platform solution for the flexible, secure and modular procurement of IT resources at their disposal. The THC offers data sovereignty and interoperability of various IT systems. The security standards correspond to a private cloud and are aligned with the basic protection catalogs of the Federal Office for Information Security BSI. The respective users are connected to the cloud via a dedicated connection. The operation is modularly tailored to the individual scope of service.
Comprehensive security package against cyber attacks
According to the study “Epidemic? The Attack Surface of German Hospitals during the COVID-19 Pandemic“, which was created in May 2021 by Johannes Klick, Robert Koch and Johannes Brandstetter, cybersecurity vulnerabilities. If these are exploited by criminals, patients’ lives could be threatened. Deutsche Telekom offers hospitals a comprehensive security package. This includes all relevant IT security measures, from the analysis of the current situation to the detection of vulnerabilities and the immediate defense against attacks. Security cards such as the electronic health professional card (eHBA) or the electronic practice card SMC-B also offer the highest level of security for daily access to digital patient files. Both are the digital door openers for the telematics infrastructure that securely connects all stakeholders in the healthcare sector.
Digital redundancy management simplifies and optimizes processes
A particular challenge is the management of the medical, rehabilitative or nursing follow-up care of patients after the end of inpatient hospitalization. The medical profession and nursing staff have to do time-consuming “manual work” in the form of coordination and handover. The new “discharge management platform” connects the actors involved and creates the basis for digital, automated case processing, an optimization of the length of stay in the hospital area, an optimal capacity utilization of after-care providers and a more effective supply control for health insurance companies and service providers. The patients also benefit from this.