Digitization in the healthcare sector

Digitalization in the healthcare sector will improve patient care while reducing costs and error rates. In future, interdisciplinary and cross-topic communication between service providers such as doctors, hospitals, but also, for example, diagnostic laboratories, as well as cost bearers such as private and statutory health insurance companies, will largely be digital, based on the Electronic Patient Record (EPR). Large parts of the digital infrastructure, i.e. both medical and laboratory information systems, medical devices, software-based medical products and communication systems, e.g. for billing, must ensure secure and cross-system networking.

The key to this interoperability is the use of established communication standards, such as HL7 and IHE profiles and interfaces. Developing and implementing this complex system requires broad technical expertise in the interaction within the healthcare system and detailed IT know-how. We have both, and can support you with your projects.

Digitization potential in laboratories still high

The degree of digitalization, automation and networking in laboratories is far from exhausted and offers plenty of potential for optimization. We conducted a market analysis with Statista and visualized this in the graphic. It is worth noting that employees and managers spend around 25 percent of their daily work on non-value-adding activities. Valuable time that they could invest in their core tasks with the support of digital tools.

These helpers provide relief in the form of integrated and automated digital workflows, for example in warehouse management, equipment operation and maintenance, but also in documentation and maintaining laboratory safety, as well as training and familiarization with new subject areas. If you would like to find out more about how you can simplify and speed up work in your laboratories using intelligent digital solutions, please contact us. We are very familiar with the processes and legal regulations in laboratories and the life science sector.

Our expertise in the healthcare sector

Digitization offers the opportunity to simplify processes in the healthcare sector so that they become more transparent and secure for everyone involved. Patients move from being perceived as “objects” to being the focus of decisions and self-determined participants in the medical decision-making process. Communication with doctors is more direct and the exchange of data is easier. Dependencies are reduced through simple and uncomplicated patient access to their data, which is managed in an electronic patient file (ePA). This allows patients to share their data with all those involved in the treatment process in a targeted and simple manner. For payers such as health insurance companies, the process costs per patient fall when large parts of the previously paper-based processes become digital, treatments become more specific and multiple treatments – due to ignorance or lack of access to patient data that has already been collected – are eliminated. Service providers such as doctors, clinics, care institutions or healthcare professionals can easily access historical patient data with considerably less administrative effort, even if they have not collected it themselves, and can exchange information with colleagues much more easily. This makes treatment more targeted and effective.

Ultimately, such a digital infrastructure is only possible if it is based on a secure system that is protected against manipulation and meets the needs of users in a targeted manner. The key to this lies in the framework established by IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise). This defines basic security and access mechanisms for the data, and clear processes are specified for every data exchange. This describes target definitions, processes through to exchange formats and communication protocols between systems. Continuous monitoring and globally standardized methods for checking the compliance of all systems involved in the infrastructure (Connectathon) ensure that the exchange of data across system boundaries actually works. When implementing such an infrastructure, it is essential to describe exactly which activities are to be digitized and with which processes and workflows, based on clear target definitions. On this basis, an experienced partner like PTA helps you to implement the right systems and interfaces professionally and to achieve success in the digitization process in a short space of time.

Selected projects

Project ID: 4728

Paperless doctor-health insurance communication

Project ID: 2944

Support for GP-centered care

Project ID: 4763

Development of a specification catalog for physician information systems

Project ID: 4921

Interface between an op support system and an instrument management system

Medical information systems

In hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and other healthcare providers, medical information systems (e.g. clinic and doctor information systems) form the backbone of operational processes. Due to the increasing networking of all service providers, the unrestricted interoperability of these systems is essential. Expansion of networking and interoperability require innovative solutions. Only in this way can they be constantly and flexibly adapted to the changing needs of service providers and cost bearers.

The combination of business management expertise and IT know-how enables PTA to advise you on networking your system landscape. Our expertise in the integration of laboratory IT solutions enables you to optimize your workflows and IT processes. PTA also supports you in the development and implementation of your laboratory information and management systems (LIMS), laboratory information systems and laboratory middleware products throughout the entire product life cycle.

Our expertise ranges from product definition and specification through design, development, verification and validation to the roll-out of a software product. We support our customers in achieving their project goals on time. We offer simple consulting services as well as ISO 13485/62304-compliant standardized product developments and complete application lifecycle management (ALM). Our experts also guarantee mastery of the necessary standards such as LOINC, ICD-10 or ICD-11, OPS codes and XML or file-based exchange formats thanks to their broad experience not only in IT, but also in the various life sciences.

Selected projects

Project ID: 3322

Laboratory simulation for performance analysis

Project ID: 3386

Sample processing control in the laboratory information system

Project ID: 4392

High availability for laboratory information systems

Project ID: 2870

New development of the user interface of a laboratory "middleware" solution

Project ID: 2771

Further development/maintenance LIS Central Lab

Point-of-care testing

Mobile diagnostic devices are now indispensable. They are used for quick and regular checks of relevant physiological parameters directly at the patient’s bedside (near patient testing) or on the ward or in the doctor’s surgery (point-of-care testing (POCT)). Apps on cell phones in hospital wards, doctors’ surgeries and also in patients’ homes – as “home care” products for patient self-measurement – are spreading at lightning speed and improving monitoring, diagnosis and even compliance. Their integration into the large number of existing IT infrastructures of medical information systems (hospital, laboratory, doctor and pharmacist information systems) or electronic patient records is complex. The PTA supports its customers in this.

Selected projects

Project ID: 2903

Device driver development for a "Hospital Database Management System"

Project ID: 2904

Development of a point of care device driver for a "Hospital Database Management System"

Project ID: 3417

Agile software development of a point-of-care testing (PoCT) solution

Migration from ICD

Within the next few years, the ICD-10 coding currently prescribed in Germany for the billing of medical services by SGB V will be replaced by the new ICD-11 coding that will come into force on January 1, 2022. With the help of the ICD classification, diseases can be clearly identified during data transmission and processing. While in everyday life we speak of seasonal flu, viral flu or influenza, what is meant can be precisely determined with the code J11.8 or in the new version of the ICD classification with the code 1E32.

The ICD-11 standard brings changes in content compared to its predecessor. For example, medical conditions such as gambling addiction have been included in the catalog for the first time. For the many IT systems that process data from the healthcare sector, however, this change in the actual coding results in a large number of necessary adjustments. This begins with checking whether an entered code is correct and actually exists, continues with the so-called mapping from one coding to the next and ends with the conversion of input interfaces to capture code extensions available in ICD-11 that do not exist in ICD-10.

Research our IT projects in the healthcare sector

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The project aims to replace an existing application for recording and analysing data on collective agreements in the care sector. In the course of this new development, the existing functionalities are to …
Fundamental reengineering if a data communication platform for automatic data exchange in statutory health insurance. The system provides a series of configurable functions ranging from data acceptance, decryption and encryption, provision of …
Previously, the insured person's contractual partner was an individual doctor. This no longer corresponds to the reality of healthcare and therefore relevant business processes are being changed to legal entities as contractual …

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