Cologne, Germany, June 8, 2021 – Interoperability, i.e., the smooth interaction of different system landscapes, is the indispensable basis if the digitization drive in German hospitals, which was initiated primarily by the Hospital Future Act, is to be crowned with success.
As the “National Digital Health Agency”, gematik is therefore developing a binding “Standard for the Exchange of Health Data via a Standardized Interface for Information Technology Systems in Hospitals” – ISiK for short – by June 30, 2021.
At Essen University Hospital, in cooperation with the Cologne-based smart health pioneer m.Doc, this interface is being used for the first time in a so-called show case.
With the help of the ISiK data objects “Patient” and “Encounter” as well as the FHIR resources “Appointment” and “Question”, patient adherence can be promoted in this model project and also be included more efficiently in the treatment process from a scientific point of view.
The University Hospital of Essen is considered a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence for the transplantation of liver, kidney and lung as well as stem cells. The university hospital is also a pioneer for digitalization in healthcare and has a powerful IT infrastructure.
For the admission, for the actual treatment process and for the postoperative and post-inpatient care of patients, the patient portal from m.Doc is used in the model project instead of paper-based questionnaires, with which important patient data is collected. “The ISiK data objects ensure the smooth flow of data to and from the patient portal, which is thus seamlessly integrated into the hospital’s IT infrastructure,” says Armin de Greiff, technical director of central IT at UME.
In addition to the benefits for diagnosis, therapy design and follow-up care, this solution offers patients a number of other advantages: Admission processes can be completed from home, and patients’ on-site appearances are unnecessary for further steps. Without stress, documents can be read and understood, answered and signed. In addition, the m.Doc portal provides patient-oriented specialist content to make it easier to deal with illness. Above all, however, the data collected in the show case serves not only administrative purposes but also medical decision-making and scientific knowledge.
“Being able to integrate smoothly into different system landscapes is one of the most important features that any solution in the healthcare sector must have. Monolithic environments that communicate poorly with others will not stand up to the demands of the future,” said m.Doc CEO Admir Kulin. “Being an ‘early bird’ for ISiK deployment now underscores m.Doc’s DNA of focusing on and being an early adopter of open standards and interoperability.”
About m.Doc Ltd.
Founded in 2016, m.Doc is a digital healthcare pioneer from Cologne, Germany, that provides numerous digital solutions for clinics, rehabilitation and care facilities, and medical practices based on its Smart Health Platform. The company is at the center of a strong and steadily growing partner network that paves the way for digital innovations in the healthcare system. With its solutions tailored to the needs of the industry, m.Doc makes efficient care possible and thus gives doctors, nurses and medical staff more time for what is important: the patient.
For more information, visit www.mdoc.one.
About Essen University Medicine
Essen University Medicine comprises Essen University Hospital and 15 subsidiaries, including Ruhrlandklinik, St. Josef Krankenhaus Werden, Herzchirurgie Huttrop and Westdeutsche Protonentherapiezentrum Essen. With around 1,700 beds, Essen University Hospital is the leading healthcare competence center in the Ruhr region and has been on its way to becoming a Smart Hospital since 2015. In 2020, our approximately 10,000 employees treated about 64,000 inpatients and 300,000 outpatients. With the West German Tumor Center, one of the largest tumor centers in Germany, the West German Center for Organ Transplantation, a leading international center for transplantation where our specialists transplant all vital organs with liver, kidney, pancreas, heart and lung, as well as the West German Heart and Vascular Center, a supraregional center of maximum cardiovascular care, Essen University Hospital has an importance for patient care that extends far beyond the region. An essential basis for clinical performance is research at the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen with its focus on oncology, transplantation, cardiovascular medicine, immunology/infectiology and translational neuro- and behavioral sciences.
For more information, visit www.ume.de.
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