HLS-GER: "More than half of Germany's population faces considerable difficulties in handling with health-related information."
In 2011, people in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, and Spain were interviewed for the European Health Literacy Surveys (HLS-EU). The result of this first Europe-wide study: More than 47 percent of all participants over the age of 15 years limited health competencies. They face considerable difficulties in dealing with health-related information appropriately. Germany ranked in the lower midfield. This result was confirmed by a representative study on the population's health competencies in all federal states of Germany (HLS-GER) in 2016.
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eHealth: Approximately 39 bn. Euros Unused Efficiency Potential.
The German healthcare sector will face major challenges in the coming years: Despite the demographic change as well as rising healthcare expenditures, the high quality of the population's healthcare must be ensured. The nationwide introduction of eHealth solutions offers far-reaching potentials for shaping the German healthcare system sustainably, as the latest study "Efficiency potentials through eHealth" by Strategy&, PwC's strategic consulting team, shows on behalf of CompuGroup Medical SE and the Federal Association of Heath IT - bvitg e. V.. According to this, the efficiency potential which can be tapped by a consistent use of eHealth solutions in the German healthcare system can be estimated at approximately 39 bn. Euros, which accounts for about 12% of the total GKV disease costs in the year 2014. To determine this sum, Strategy& took into account the physician-validated assumptions of comparable indicator areas as well as findings from existing primary studies and conservative basic assumptions.
Less well-off patients forgo treatment
What has the situation in the Italian healthcare system been in recent years regarding the ease of access to care ? CGM and Il Sole 24 Ore have conducted a survey of primary care physicians on this topic . The result is quite alarming. 80% of doctors think that the number of patients who have given up on taking care of their health problems has increased greatly and their decision often involves medications, even important ones. The reasons are both the cuts to health public expenditure and also the economic crisis that has increased the widening inequalities in people's ability to access healthcare.
How is Germany doing compared to other countries when it comes to digitization?
This is what the latest study of “GTAI Trends” by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is finding out. In this study, topics such as eHealth, IT infrastructure, and research as well as Industrie 4.0, the finance- or administrative sector and the legal framework conditions in the respective country have been examined. In total, the experts of GTAI had a closer look at ten countries and at the African continent.
How well-equipped are clinics worldwide in terms of IT? HIMSS performs an analysis.
Using the unique measurement model, EMRAM (Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model), the HIMSS is analyzing the IT development status of clinics worldwide in the implementation of the electronic patient record to make comparison possible. Only three clinics in Europe, more specifically in Spain, Germany and The Netherlands, have received the highest possible level (7). CompuGroup Medical relies on this model and was the first European eHealth company to certify its employees as HIMSS EMRAM educators.
Smartphones etc. are Revolutionizing Modern Medicine
Fitness-trackers, health diaries, nutritional advisors – the smartphone is becoming the collection point for individual medical information. Researchers from the University in Freiburg have counted nearly 200,000 health-related apps in Apple’s App Store, and hardly any fewer in the Google App Store. Smart networking helps sick people get better faster, and allows doctors to focus on the art of healing. In Germany, 16% of the population believes that an app can replace some doctors’ appointments. But, what about data protection? Medical information belongs to patients and they should always be in control of their own data. For both secure and customized use, CompuGroup Medical offers innovative health apps with data protection certified by TÜV.
Healthcare Information from Apps: Users are Open
37 percent of all surveyed smartphone users would provide healthcare information collected by smartphone apps to their health insurances. Seven percent would even provide their data without any service in return, such as discounts, bonuses or gifts. These findings are from a representative survey conducted by “Bitkom Research” in cooperation with “ARIS Umfrageforschung” and surveyed 1,279 people 14 years of age and older. 47 percent of smartphone users over 65 years of age answered the questions with “yes” – 33 percent even said “yes” with no expectations of services in return.
Digital Health Market Continues to Grow Significantly
According to a recent study, the digital health market shows uninhibited growth in the US as compared to other markets such as software or biotech, despite the seemingly existent gap between “old” and “new” economies. Investments are primarily made in the consumer sector and are lagging in areas of the “professional sector”, e.g. telemedicine and EHR. Compared to the previous year, investments in 2014 increased by 114 percent. Furthermore, an increase of 77 percent was recorded in Q1 of 2015 as compared to figures from the year before. With its long-standing experience in the branch, CompuGroup Medical is aware of the needs and expectations in the US market and serves both doctors and patients with innovative eHealth solutions.
Largest IT Commission Awarded in Germany’s History of Rehabilitation
The merger between the MEDIAN clinics and the RHM Group is in full swing. Currently, the consortium, consisting of 72 buildings with approximately 12,000 hospital beds, is systematically focusing its resources on sustainable rehabilitation concepts. All buildings are to be uniformly equipped with innovative IT. This major contract was recently awarded to CGM SYSTEMA, a subsidiary of CompuGroup Medical AG (CGM). By the end of 2016, the core applications as well as some additional developments will have been put into operation in all buildings.
An employee is only busy with bureaucracy for 96 days annually per practice
Prescriptions, referrals, documentation – in a doctor’s daily routine there is a lot of administrative work. Can something be excluded? Bureaucracy costs doctor’s and dentist’s practices an estimated 4 billion Euros annually. Recently the German National Regulatory Council met in the Federal Chancellor’s Office in Berlin to present a report on bureaucracy in doctor’s practices: In order to have more time for the patients, medical professionals and insurances alike would like to decrease bureaucracy. Wolf-Michael Catenhusen, Deputy Chairman of the German National Regulatory Council, stressed the importance of intelligent information technology in this context.
Clinic network awards major contract for comprehensive IT modernization
The “Vorarlberger Krankenhaus-Betriebs GmbH (KHBG)” relies on CGM for the modernization of the IT systems in its five regional hospitals. In the tender, the Austrian CGM subsidiary systema proved itself as a secure investment with the most modern IT. The contract includes the implementation and support of a new comprehensive hospital information system (HIS). The implementation of the entire solution should take about three years and its completion is planned for autumn 2018.
Automation in Laboratories – from Choice to Necessity
In terms of the full and partial automation of processes, what was once trend-setting has become a requirement today. This development was a major topic in the recently published report from the online laboratory journals, Dark Report and Dark Daily. Increasing demands to save costs, and at the same time improve patient services, have made innovative IT an important success factor. The automation trend is in full swing - which has been demonstrated by the newest cooperation with Express Medical Billing. This American national provider of medical billing software has chosen CompuGroup Medical as an exclusive partner in order to offer its customers state-of-the-art solutions.
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The HealthCare Institute in the Czech Republic has created a new award for health insurance companies
In order to improve the exchange between insurance companies, general practitioners and patients, the HealthCare Institute (HCI) in the Czech Republic has created the new award “Health Insurance Company of the Year”. Participants will be scored in five categories, such as “Best preventative programs” or “insurance company’s availability to care givers” and others. HCI will collect data by means of a survey, consisting of 14,000 participating general practitioners. CGM is supporting the award as a main partner and with its market share of about 80% with general practitioners in the Czech Republic, makes direct access possible through the use of its software. The results of this survey should ensure patients transparency in the service offerings of various health insurances and will be published in November of 2015.
The Supercomputer – Digital Health from the USA
The possibilities of digital health are endless, which is supported by a technological development in the U.S.. Currently, a supercomputer, which is similar to a cognitive system, is being tested with breast cancer patients. It communicates with medical professionals and supports them in diagnoses and treatment. The supercomputer’s ability to independently interpret texts and scientific data, draw conclusions and thereby continue to learn from these is quite impressive. Software Assisted Medicine (SAM) from CompuGroup Medical works in a similar manner: it is already used by general practitioners worldwide and demonstrates the eHealth company’s role as a pioneer.
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Czechs see prevention of adverse drug reactions as doctors’ & pharmacists’ duty
Every fifth citizen in The Czech Republic has been affected by an undesired reaction to medication at least once. The Czech people agree that numerous cases could have been prevented by means of warning notifications from intelligent software. 96% are for the use of software in the prescription and receipt of medications and the majority thereof demands it of doctors (86%) and pharmacies (65%). These results are from a representative survey conducted by CGM and STEM/MARK. Doctors using software from CGM are at an advantage: they already have the respective module on their computers and only have to activate it.
CGM enables the Italian national healthcare system to save € 50 million per year through a central distribution platform
CGM’s e-health solutions interlinks the national healthcare system, local doctor and the pharmacist, helping to foresee demand and ensure that the products are kept in stock to satisfy demand. CGM’s innovative software allows chronic patients to receive pharmacy products directly from their local pharmacy in the required amount, instead of getting them in bulk amounts from a regional healthcare center, as it is usually the case. The pharmacist increases his revenues due to the shift from a central to the local distribution and the health system is saving Millions through a better controlled distribution. The ‘Politecnico di Milano’ University has confirmed via a study that the CGM’s solution saved the public healthcare system in Italy about € 50 million during 2014 by reducing the cost of obtaining products for patients suffering from diabetes and similar chronic diseases.
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The best marketing environment for mobile health in northern Europe
In which European countries does m-health have the best opportunities? Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain have the best prerequisites according to a survey that was carried out by ‘research2guidance’ and HIMSS Europe. Over 4,000 developers of applications, experts in the public healthcare system and users were questioned from 28 countries. CompuGroup Medical has a suitable mobile solution that is ready for all users, irrespective of whether they are registered doctors, hospitals or the patients.
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Invoicing Made Easy: Using Existing Information
In the last few years, hospitals have accumulated massive amounts of data. Triggers not only include medical and technical progress, but also the documentation requirements for quality assurance. But what is to be done with all this useful knowledge? If the existing data is quickly and intelligently analyzed, processes can be optimized and costs lowered. For example, the university clinic in Prague uses intelligent technologies for efficient invoicing with health insurances. Software from CGM merges all medical processes in a hospital and creates reports according to the general and specific requirements of health insurances.
Researchers explore the secrets to success for giving medical advice
“Exercise more.” “Eat healthier.” Do you often give such advice to your patients? Researchers at The University of Pennsylvania have found that most people feel their self-esteem threatened when receiving suggestions on how to change their behavior. According to researchers, people are more likely to change their behavior when they were satisfied with their selves before receiving such advice. Therefore, give a compliment or praise before offering them your advice.
Documentation in hospitals is all too often poorly organized
A study conducted by the HIMSS Europe on the topic of “effort for documentation in hospitals” shows how much time is spent, or rather wasted, due to a lack of technology for documentation. When speaking of a “normal” working day consisting of nine hours including a break, physicians spend an average of three and a half hours of their time on documentation. For nurses, it is only about three hours. Here, 26 minutes alone is needed for searching for patient-relevant data daily. This need not be the case: with intelligent software from CGM, medical professionals save time which can then be used for the actual healing and treatment tasks.
Survey: Expenditures for ICT in Italy Improve Treatment Quality
On average, Italian general practitioners invest 1,300 Euros in software annually. The ‘Politecnico di Milano’ conducted a research project to analyze whether these new purchases actually have added value. The results: With the help of innovative software, the exchange between service providers in the healthcare sector and patients is better. The quality of treatment is thereby significantly improved. CGM LIFE eSERVICES of CompuGroup Medical AG and others serve as proof for this: The online services provide more efficient communication between physician and patient as well as lead to a more comfortable and better level of treatment.
Real Innovation: Contraindications for Medications Decreased by 71%
A study conducted by Bielefeld University in cooperation with CompuGroup Medical, showed that intelligent software helps provide better healthcare. All of a patient’s prescriptions for medications are stored in a central medication account. The patient has access to this account and can enter over-the-counter medications as well. For new prescriptions, the intelligent software checks all medications in the account and warns the doctor and patient of any potentially dangerous side effects. The software has already proven itself in the interim evaluation after nine months. Its use led to 66% less double prescriptions, 76% less indications and 77% less contraindications.
Polish clinics will modernize in 2016 for 1.2 billion Euros and have put their trust in CGM
People are becoming older and are posing new challenges for medical treatment. Whether it is in rehabilitation or geriatrics, many places will require new structures. The Polish government has acknowledged this and is investing in infrastructure and equipment. According to gtai, nearly 700 investment projects worth over 600 million have been realized in the last seven years with support from Brussels. Hospitals rely on CGM as an innovative leader – in 2014 alone, CGM Poland has recorded 15 new hospital customers and has been commissioned for numerous new projects.
A medical communication network in Germany before the roll-out – CGM proves itself
What has been established as law since 2006 will finally begin the initial test phase, namely, the future comprehensive and secure communication network in the German healthcare sector called the Telematics Infrastructure (TI). As an expert, CGM was entrusted with the task of expanding the northern/western test region with partners. After only one year, the company had already conducted the first successful test to update the insurant master data to an electronic health record (eHR). The results show: CGM is reliable. All components for data reconciliation function properly. The actual testing phase can begin.
Italian government appreciates CGM’s market knowledge
The Italian government began the "eHealth Initiative 2015-2020" to achieve an innovative healthcare sector. CGM Italy has been asked to be a part of the working group determining the eHealth guidelines because of its experience and advanced solutions. In addition to the Italian Society of Information Technology, Assinform, the team of experts consists of associations and other software providers. As an innovative leader, CGM was already able to bring in its knowledge at the recent round- table discussion on information and communication technology.
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A.T. Kearney distinguishes CGM Czech Republic as a top innovator
The international Consulting firm A.T. Kearney hosts an annual contest for best innovator. Here, a high ranking jury assesses innovations and additionally the processes from the idea to implementation. Last year in the Czech Republic, nearly 100 companies completed for this prestigious title. In the final decision, CompuGroup Medical proved itself with its market knowledge and competence: Preliminary results showed the company in the top ten. In the final stretch, CGM made a comeback and was the only IT company in the top five future-oriented innovators.