Siemens to implement EPR system in German health system

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Siemens Medical Solutions will implement up to one million web-based electronic patient records (EPRs) per year for the patients of Rhoen Klinikum, a German private hospital group.

Rhoen is one of the three largest private health systems in Germany, including at least 46 hospitals as well as a number of outpatient clinics and general practitioners.

“Rhoen hospitals are currently in charge of about 550,000 in-house patients annually. If the integrated EPR attracts an additional 1,000 patients a year, Rhoen will have an additional turnover of 2.7 million Euros,” said Dietmar Pawlik, member of Rhoen’s board of directors.

Under the terms of the contract, Siemens will provide its Soarian Integrated Care system, an integrated EPR system that is compatible with a number of hospital information systems and with the IT solutions of the two major German IT providers for doctors in private practice, CompuGroup and Docexpert, according to Siemens.

Pawlik expects that five of Rhoen's 46 hospitals will get access to EPRs this year.