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01. September 2017, Koblenz

Secretary of the Interior Roger Lewentz Visiting CompuGroup Medical SE

CompuGroup Medical SE (CGM) in Koblenz. The focus of the visit: The Digitization of healthcare and the associated requirements of the infrastructure in Rhineland-Palatinate.

The penetration of digital technologies and services will not only change healthcare. It also presents great challenges to our digital infrastructure and data protection. "Digitization in the area of economy and business, especially in healthcare, is about no less than the guarantee of long-term availability, confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of data highly worthy of protection," says Roger Lewentz, Secretary of the Interior of Rhineland-Palatinate, in whose house the promotion of the broadband expansion is located, among other things. "To make available electronic service offerings, such as telemedicine, especially in rural areas, we must consistently implement our plans for the broadband expansion at a high clock rate," emphasizes the Secretary.

"An enhanced and completely tailor-made care with corresponding therapies can eventually only be created with intelligent and connected solutions. To master this solely with a part of the patient's history as is available to the individual treating physician is not possible anymore," says Frank Gotthardt, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CompuGroup Medical, Koblenz. "We do not only need the availability of high bandwidths, but also uniform data protection regulations across all states," is his demand to the secretary.

Telematics infrastructure lays foundation for secure digitization

A highly secure, nationwide connectivity between all participants is a central requirement for digitization in German healthcare. Only the telematics infrastructure (TI) will create this necessary technological basis for the exchange of medical information. "Due to its enormous security standards which it provides for the data exchange and the authentication, the TI ranks among the most advanced infrastructure projects of this kind worldwide. No other technology equally offers security in data exchange as well as such a high level of reliability regarding participants' authenticity," explains der CEO of the sole company which has been able to translate these security standards into a functioning technique so far. The digital data highway, for instance, is needed for the urgent demand of a modern and secure exchange of treatment data. As of today diagnoses and transfers are recorded by the physician, the exchange often takes place in form of printed documents, faxes, or DVD and CD. These media breeches lead to high costs and mistakes.

As heart of all coming TI-based applications, the TI will also become the basis for numerous patient-centered eHealth solutions, such as the web-based electronic patient record. People nowadays request more participation in decision-making processes, especially in medicine. They ask to be informed better and more comprehensively and they want security and reliability for their data. For this, they need the necessary basis and custom-fit instruments.

Securing good treatment permanently and strengthening the innovation location

Secretary Lewentz and CEO Frank Gotthardt agreed that good IT is a cross-sectional task needs to contribute. This includes, among other things, the creation of the required infrastructure, but also measures to further strengthen the attractiveness of the Rhineland-Palatinate location for a well-educated and innovative workforce. "Good IT can bring a significant share to this and we are glad that we have a business like CGM in the region which is optimally prepared for the realization," says Lewentz at the end of his visit.

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