43 clinics in Germany standardise their hospital information

November 25, 2013

Asklepios Kliniken Verwaltungsgesellschaft (AKV), which represents more than 50 per cent the largest private hospital group in Germany - the Asklepios group, has chosen to standardise its hospital information system. 

The AKV has opted for Agfa HealthCare's ORBIS system for 43 of its clinics. It is thought that implementation of this will not start until 2014. All of the included clinics will also introduce ORBIS RIS as their radiology information system of choice. 

It comes as the latest part of the group's HIS strategy and is keen to introduce one single supplier in a bid to improve the quality and effectiveness of the hospital's administration and workflows, as well helping to simplify training.

AKV selected Agfa HealthCare's ORBIS, which is a comprehensive hospital-wide clinical and administrative information system that manages and monitors all patient-oriented processes: medical, nursing, administrative and business. The ORBIS RIS will work to make the improve the workflow of the entire radiology department.

Kai Hankeln, manager of Asklepios, told eHealthnews: "Up till now, we have been using different HIS in our clinics. But it was obvious that we had to unify our IT in the long run. We must always maintain our focus on our patients; a unified HIS can help us to ensure that we perform safely and excellently." 

It is hoped that, by creating a single, uniform system for a number of AKV's clinics, that the group will be able to improve the working environment for medical staff employed at the medical institutions across Germany. Once implemented, the new system should help make enforcing training across a hospital much easier for the entire hospital group. This will help ensure that all members of medical staff are educated to the same level when it comes to the most common practices for things like needlestick legislation, which could help to prevent the number of workplace injuries experienced every year.

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