The starting signal for the healthcare of the future: Vivantes - Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have introduced the electronic health record as part of a pilot phase. For jointly treated patients, documents such as the doctor's letter, X-ray findings or laboratory results can be exchanged electronically between the clinics and included directly in diagnosis and therapy – a decisive step toward increasing the quality of treatment.
Employees involved in treatment at the respective clinics can view relevant treatment data such as findings reports, doctors' letters, laboratory results and medication plans digitally to the extent required in each case, thus ensuring compliance with data protection requirements.
The aim is, among other things, to avoid unnecessary duplicate examinations and lengthy document requests, as well as to significantly reduce the waiting time of patients.
Data exchange only after written consent
The prerequisite for digital data exchange is the express written consent of the patient, which is initially valid for three years and can be revoked at any time.
Dr. Eibo Krahmer, Vivantes Managing Director for Financial Management, Infrastructure and Digitization: "Seamless supply chains, smart processes – innovative healthcare consistently focuses on patients and their needs. With the introduction of the electronic health record, we are making a contribution to further developing the quality of care in the capital region and positioning it for the future. I look forward to advancing further e-health solutions together with Charité in the future and to jointly shaping the Health City Berlin 2030."
Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer, Chairman of the Board of Charité: "The Coronavirus pandemic in particular showed us how important networking is and how essential it is to have ad hoc digital access to results reports and treatment documents, even if they were collected at other facilities. With the innovative cooperation between the two largest service providers in Berlin, we have taken the first major step toward electronic health recordand are certain that other hospitals will join in soon. In this way, a comprehensive and digitally networked, and thus also future-oriented, care system can gradually be created for patients in the healthcare city of Berlin."
Networking of other hospital areas planned
Initially, the clinic for geriatrics at Vivantes Friedrichshain Hospital and the clinics for orthopedics/ traumatology, neurosurgery and oncology at Charité will be connected to the new IT infrastructure. Since the start of the pilot phase in mid-March of this year, the number of patients who have consented to the digital data exchange has been rising steadily. After the evaluation of the project, further hospital areas will be integrated into the infrastructure.
Vivantes and Charité received significant support in implementing the smart infrastructure from the consulting firm "eHealth.Business" and the IT service providers "März" and "Nexus Marabu".
Health City Berlin 2030: Vivantes and Charité intensify cooperation
Overall, the hospital operators Vivantes and Charité see great opportunities in closer cooperation to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of care and further developing Berlin as "Health City 2030". Together, the two partners can, among other things, decisively advance the implementation of medical research results in broad-based care (translation).