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Microsoft, SAP provide solutions for healthcare IT

Microsoft Corp. and SAP America Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG, have agreed to work together to deliver solutions that meet the unique needs of the healthcare industry.

The companies' collaboration will seek to help healthcare organisations increase operational efficiency and reduce costs using software to automate and streamline processes that are today often manual or based on cumbersome legacy technology. The companies will focus their healthcare collaboration activities in the United States.

The combination of solutions from Microsoft and SAP is proven to reduce costs and create operational efficiency, with one of the lowest total costs of ownership on the market today. As an example, with more than 70,000 admissions per year, Montefiore Medical Center is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the United States and the dominant medical system in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Working with SAP software enabling technology and utilizing the Microsoft suite of products for communication, Montefiore has been able to overhaul and streamline processes related to procurement including all purchasing activity. Concurrently, Montefiore was able to transform the institution to an online, real-time financial management system, including the budget process, significantly reducing the amount of time it takes clinical and administrative staff to complete non-value activities so that they can spend more time to support patient care.

Maintaining accurate, complete, up-to-date information on inventory levels and materials needs is critical to hospital operations. By providing this information in an easy-to-use format, the staff can enjoy a flexible work culture and at the same time stay focused on patient care.

CompuGroup buys German HIS vendor

CompuGroup recently announced its takeover of hospital  information systems supplier, Dahm Aktiengesellschaft, better known as Fliegel.

The deal gives CompuGroup a long looked for presence in the German hospital information systems (HIS) market. The deal marks the latest phase in the consolidation of the European and German health IT market. Dahm/Fliegel, is a medium-sized HIS vendor in the German market. The price paid for the acquisition was not disclosed.

With its flagship product, the HIS “fd klinika”, Dahm/Fliegel has around 200 German hospitals and nursing homes as customers. In addition, approximately 30 laboratories also use Dahm/Fliegel software. Fliegel and its employees will be integrated into the CompuGroup subsidiary Systema, the HIS-market leader in Austria with strong ties to SAP.

The Fliegel-HIS “fd klinika” will continue to be developed further and not be replaced by existing Systema-HIS-solutions. “To create synergies, we will harmonise individual software modules, but not the complete HIS.” Such synergies are possible in the field of medical databases, where the CompuGroup subsidiary ifap is already active.

Web-based referral solutions will also be standardised for the different CompuGroup-HIS, not only in Germany but also in Poland, Turkey, Austria and the Czech Republic. Finally, solutions for materials and logistics will be fused, with the CompuGroup subsidiary Aescudata as the company in charge.

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