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Siemens and IBM partner on German digital health platform

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New networking system will connect clinicians across Germany

Siemens Healthineers and IBM Deutschland are introducing an open digital platform designed to advance the networking of the German healthcare system.

The new platform, teamplay digital health platform connect, uses international standards like Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) to simplify the secure sharing of patient data between service providers. The technology is already used by Siemens Healthineers in Switzerland and Austria.

The solution is also designed for third-party products and services. In the future, the platform will be available for third parties to add new, innovative apps and digital solutions and make them available to the healthcare industry.

Dr Christian Kaiser, head of digital services of Central Western Europe at Siemens Healthineers, said: “This platform is the enabler for the digital transformation of the healthcare industry and lays the foundation for networking the players.

“For example, we can get the full benefit from existing and future digital patient records if the patient information is complete, up to date, and available to all relevant and appropriately authorised parties.”

For security reasons, Siemens Healthineers and IBM are splitting the operation of teamplay digital health platform connect between two German-based data centres. Siemens Healthineers maintains the patient register, while IBM holds the document index.

The patient register manages patient identification data like names and contact details that participants have communicated to the platform, while the documentation index manages administrative details related to the documents that participants contribute.

Christian Noll, general manager of IBM Global Business Services for the German-speaking countries, said: “The teamplay digital health platform connect reflects IBM’s strategy of using our technologies to make secure industry platforms possible.

“Patient security and privacy are our top priority. Our services at the Frankfurt data centre, which have been internationally certified on numerous occasions, ensure that only authorised persons have access to this information.”

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