Germany’s largest software company SAP and its partner Accenture will release an integrated care solution, called the Collaborative Health Network, in December. The new solution will then be tested in pilot projects in several European countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium. With the CHN solution, SAP/Accenture will compete with a number of other big players in the health IT-business, among them Siemens with its solution Soarian Integrated Care, Microsoft with EHIP, and T-System with eHealth.connect. Siemens and T-Systems are close allies of SAP in the field of IT solutions for hospitals. After the release of CHN in December 2007, pilot projects will start quickly. At the moment, there are in talks with hospitals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The goal will be to network these hospitals with rehab facilities, out patient departments, and doctors in private practice. Hospitals are SAP’s key customers in the health IT business. In spite of CHN, SAP was not planning to offer an own hospital information system with clinical modules but to leave this part to its partners.