Digitization – with key words such as a networked hospital, digital transformation, artificial intelligence, analysis of large databases using algorithms (big data) as well as data and cyber security – is on everyone’s lips in the healthcare industry and also at MEDICA. However, the implementation has often not yet reached the desired level.
In the future, the key challenges of digitization and networking will have to be mastered holistically and the structures of the healthcare system in Germany adjusted accordingly. Connecting a lot of data in the near future is a great opportunity for German health care. Digital applications can help the doctor with treatment and optimize efficiency and quality. Whereby the patient should always be at the center of digital health care.
But every single company has to confront digitization with its opportunities and risks. “Many member companies of the GHE are already practicing digitization in their special fields very successfully”, emphasizes Ron Singer, Chairman of the GHE.
At the GHE press conference “Digitization in medical technology. Excellent performance of the GHE members” on November 12, 2018 in Dusseldorf, three GHE member companies have presented their excellent performance and success stories.
Increased efficiency through workflow optimization in ENT diagnosis
“Digitalization is unstoppable. Today, patient information must be accessible to any healthcare professional who is authorized, anytime, anywhere”, explains Maik Greiser, Partner and Managing Director, ATMOS MedizinTechnik GmbH & Co. KG.
With ATMOS®360 ° diagnostics, ATMOS offers a modular, expandable complete range of connectable modules and devices with the associated operating software for fast, reliable and cost-effective ENT diagnosis. Greiser shows how integrating ENT diagnostics into existing patient management structures can be very simple. “With our digitization solution, we accompany the patient from admission via the individual diagnostic and treatment steps and map the entire patient history intuitively and safely,” says Greiser.
For the medical user, the main benefit is the increase in efficiency. “In a Chinese ENT hospital outpatient clinic, we were able to increase the number of cases from an average of 80 patients per doctor per day to an average of 120 by using ATMOS®360 ° diagnostics, so by 50%,” summarizes Greiser the success in numbers.
Increase patient safety by automatically transferring readings to the digital patient record
Size and weight are crucial parameters in the clinical environment when it comes to diagnostics, medication and monitoring. With the baby scale seca 336i, seca brings more efficiency and patient safety to nursery wards. Thanks to the equipment with WLAN and digital dipstick, the data is transferred directly into the digital patient file so that transmission errors are ruled out. “Infants in particular depend on the highest precision of the parameters”, emphasizes Andreas Otto, Product Manager at seca Medizinische Messsysteme gmbh & co.kg.
“In addition to technical challenges, digitization offers us above all opportunities. As a system provider, we can develop new business models with software and service services that go far beyond measuring instruments and scales,” Otto is convinced. “In the USA, the positive results of a pilot project in a children’s hospital have convinced in terms of increasing patient safety and avoiding errors, leading to a complete switch to seca scales.”
Presentation and integration of medical images in highly complex operations
“EIZO provides an individual overall solution for the unified exchange of various medical communication standards (HL7, Dicom) among each other. This creates a secure, functional interface for our customers“, explains Matthias Lubkowitz, Vice President OR Solutions, EIZO GmbH.
Lubkowitz reports on the successful application of EIZO hardware, such as: For example, the Surgical Panel SP2-24-49, for displaying medical images and the EIZO CuratOR Caliop software for OP integration into the most modern hybrid operating theaters of the Luxembourg Heart Clinic INCCI. This simplifies the quick retrieval of various image materials and the handling of patient data during the operation. Communication with X-ray robots and video conferencing are also possible.
“Our unique selling proposition, in addition to the advice, is the interface adaptation we make for the customer. This was also an important part of setting up the hybrid ORs at the Luxembourg Heart Hospital INCCI, “says Lubkowitz.
The German Healthcare Export Group e. V. (GHE) represents successfully for over 25 years as a German export association of medical technology about 70% of the equipment of a hospital. The GHE represents around 50 industrial and commercial companies in the medical technology industry.
The medical device industry employs around 200,000 people in Germany and invests approximately nine percent of its sales in research and development of new products and processes.