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16. December 2011, Koblenz

Practices‘ resolutions for 2012

Survey: To improve practice organization German physicians focus on intelligent medical information systems

Koblenz, December 16, 2011: Towards the end of the year, Germany’s physicians state their goals for the coming year: Four in ten physicians (38.2 percent) want to optimize their practice organization by means of new software products. A third of the respondents (36.8 percent) require intelligent medical software to indicate possible medication interactions. When it comes to “Practices’ resolutions”, 45.3 percent see employee training at the top end of the list. These are the results of the monthly CGM-GesundheitsMONITOR.

Meanwhile, most physicians can hardly imagine their professional day to day life without the assistance of modern software. The perfect and systematic processing of data provides security and saves precious time - almost invaluable advantages in a hectic day to day business. 38.2 percent of the respondents will focus in the coming year on improving practice organization by means of software assistance. Almost every fourth physician (27.5 percent) would like to dedicate more time to patient consultation while 25.9 percent would prefer having more free time. The aim of enhanced training is pursued by 4.5 percent. 3.9 percent would like to optimize their medical equipment.

Patients‘ safety remains an important goal
When being asked about what intelligent systems are to provide, physicians state different ideas: One in three (36.8 percent) affirms the importance of systems supporting medication therapy safety and indicating possible medication interactions. Every fifth physician welcomes patient-individualized contractual offers of cost payers. Almost as many (21.5 percent) expect their medical information system to provide context-sensitive medical information during the treatment. 19.2 percent of the respondents would wish to get therapy notes as for example: Display of indication-related treatment guidelines.

Focus on employee development
German physicians are aware that a motivated and well-trained practice team is their most valuable asset. Consequently, almost every second physician (45.3 percent) intends to invest in training his employees next year and thus to improve the practice‘s medical and organizational offer. 16.7 percent of the physicians want to extend their practice software. They are planning to employ supplementary software modules such as archiving systems, administration programs or modules for quality management.

Different views on electronic data exchange
Modern medical software supports electronic data exchange with other actors in healthcare. Physicians can exchange medical data with clinics, insurances, specialist physicians, rehabilitation facilities and pharmacies in a fast and secure way and thus communicate efficiently. The majority of physicians can hardly imagine their everyday working life without the possibilities of digital communication with 58% of the respondents considering it as important or even most important.

The CGM GesundheitsMONITOR:
The CGM GesundheitsMONITOR is a joint initiative of CompuGroup Medical, the Medical Tribune and the Rhein-Zeitung. They perform representative monthly surveys of 440 general practitioners with regard to current issues in the healthcare system. You can download free printable graphs and find publications as well as information about the representative survey at www.cgm-gesundheitsmonitor.de.

About CompuGroup Medical AG
CompuGroup Medical is one of the leading eHealth companies in the world. Its software products are designed to support all medical and organizational activities in doctors’ offices, pharmacies and hospitals. Its information services for all parties involved in the healthcare system and its web-based personal health records contribute towards safer and more efficient healthcare. CompuGroup Medical’s services are based on a unique customer base of over 385,000 doctors, dentists, hospitals, pharmacies and networks as well as other service providers. With locations in 20 countries and customers in 34 countries worldwide, CompuGroup Medical is the eHealth company with one of the highest coverage among eHealth service providers. Approximately 3,600 highly qualified employees support customers with innovative solutions for the steadily growing demands of the healthcare system.

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