To expand its portfolio in the area of eHealth, Swiss Post will make use of the Siemens Healthineers eHealth Solutions1 in the future. The eHealth solution offered by Swiss Post, which includes the electronic patient record, will provide secure networking between patients and players in the healthcare industry. Working in partnership with Siemens Healthineers will enable Swiss Post to provide new eHealth services for its customers. Siemens Healthineers has already put a number of major eHealth projects in place in Europe, including a large proportion of the electronic health record in Austria. In this case, eHealth Solutions assists physicians, hospitals, care facilities, and pharmacists with accessing important healthcare data relating to their patients. There are also further projects in Denmark, Spain and Germany.
The electronic patient record makes it possible to consult patient data regardless of time and place. Patients can decide for themselves who in the healthcare continuum can access their medical documents and data, e.g. discharge reports, x-rays, medication summaries, or details of allergies. In Switzerland, electronic patient records are maintained locally rather than centrally. They are made available via regional, organizational groupings of facilities, like hospitals, rest homes, medical practices, pharmacies, or rehabilitation clinics.2 As a leading provider of a complete solution to network players in Switzerland’s healthcare sector, Swiss Post serves as a professional partner to the country’s Cantons (federal states). Swiss Post’s eHealth solution is tailored to the special characteristics and peculiarities of Switzerland’s healthcare market, which includes seamlessly integrating a range of IT systems.
Siemens Healthineers eHealth Solutions contain components needed to share medical data securely between facilities. Siemens Healthineers not only provides the software but also the expertise to help with cooperative healthcare between practice-based physicians and hospitals, for example. The solution is scalable and ranges from networking different departments within a hospital to networking entire regions and countries. Siemens Healthineers eHealth Solutions can also be used with heterogeneous and changing IT infrastructure.
“Making relevant healthcare data available exactly where it is needed is the basis for a lasting improvement to healthcare,” says Arthur Kaindl, Head of Digital Products, Siemens Healthineers. “All the players involved must first be digitally networked, to enable the patient to be considered comprehensively and thus achieve a better diagnosis and reach better treatment decisions. We’re looking forward to working with Swiss Post on this project.”
Siemens Healthineers eHealth Solutions is a product of ITH Icoserve technology for healthcare GmbH, Innsbruck, Austria, a subsidiary of Siemens Healthineers.
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