5 November 2020
This year has once again made it clear how important efficient, digital processes are in the healthcare sector in particular. Cost pressure is providing additional impetus. In this challenging environment, the strategic partnership between Philips and OPTIMAL SYSTEMS sends a positive signal: The alliance of two market-leading providers of solutions for information management in clinics and medical facilities combines both companies’ strengths. This will facilitate the implementation of holistically conceived digitization projects and thus the achievement of high digital maturity levels.
Cooperation for digitization in the health sector
Philips is a leading supplier in the field of health technology. Healthcare IT plays a central role in the company’s solutions portfolio and includes comprehensive IT solutions that connect people, technology and data across the entire chain of healthcare prevention and care. Using them as a basis, system integration, data aggregation, acceleration of work processes and the making of sound decisions are facilitated. The ECM software enaio® by OPTIMAL SYSTEMS, which, in addition to IHE, also supports other common standards in clinical data exchange, is also well established in the German healthcare system: Currently, about 100 hospitals and medical institutions are using OPTIMAL SYSTEMS’ ECM solution, among them large institutions such as the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) and the University Hospital Frankfurt a. M. (UKF). “Our Enterprise Content Management solution enaio® is the perfect match with the clinical IT systems from Philips,” says Karsten Renz, founder and CEO of the German ECM specialist OPTIMAL SYSTEMS. “They are the only products in the German-speaking area which complement each other in terms of functionality without any functional overlaps”.
Two partners – one solution
The highly complementary characteristics of the solutions of both companies are advantageous for clinics and medical facilities and support them holistically and in a future-oriented manner in the optimization, automation and digitization of all business processes related to the central organisation of corporate knowledge. “In combination with the IT solutions by Philips, enaio® can make even better use of its strengths and thus make an even more effective contribution to the acceleration and target-oriented implementation of digitization in the healthcare system,” emphasizes Axel Haas, managing director of OPTIMAL SYSTEMS’ Berlin sales company. For an accelerated changeover to integral digital processes, for example, all old medical data will be transferred by using migration archives.
“Critical importance of digital solutions”
The partnership with Philips comes at just the right time according to Axel Haas: “Understanding of the critical importance of digital solutions has increased due to recent events. The high level of compatibility between enaio® and Philips’ IT solutions promises a faster and more extensive implementation with less effort and higher efficiency. And thus exactly what the healthcare system needs most urgently at the moment in order to be best prepared for the challenges still to come”.
Christian Bosl, Business Development Manager EMR for the DACH region at Philips, agrees: “It is particularly important for hospitals to set the course for their further digitalization now, as the German government’s economic stimulus package is currently putting them in the spotlight.”
This is because the future programme for hospitals as part of the economic stimulus package is intended to promote, among other things, a better digital infrastructure. “The cooperation with OPTIMAL SYSTEMS complements our product portfolio and helps us to support our customers even better in implementing their individual digitization strategies,” Bosl continues. Apart from standard functionalities in the fields of document management, personnel, applicant and contract management as well as invoice processing, which are also used in industry and administration, special applications are also available. They are tailored to the needs of a medical administration. Important areas of application of the software are, for example, digital patient admission and file management, legally compliant and audit-proof archiving of all documents, as well as support for hospital controlling in the timely processing of test reports for the medical service of health insurance companies.