Siemens obtains full rights to the i.s.h.med hospital
13 March 2009
Siemens Medical Solutions GSD GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens
Healthcare Sector, has announced that it will take over all use and exploitation rights to the
software i.s.h.med, which are today held by T-Systems in Austria. The
transfer is subject to
customary closing conditions.
In addition, Siemens, German information systems company SAP, and T-Systems Austria plan to intensify
their existing cooperation. The objective is to deliver comprehensive
software solutions that cover a hospital’s entire requirements spectrum
to their joint customers.
I.s.h.med is a clinical information system
that is integrated with the SAP
healthcare software. The solution was jointly developed by the partner and
forerunner companies of Siemens Medical Solutions GSD GmbH and the
Austrian T-Systems. In the meantime, the software has become an
important tool for planning, control, and communication for more than
300 hospitals in 16 countries worldwide.
“The complete transfer of product responsibility to Siemens allows us
to directly introduce our future-oriented functionality like Smart User
Interface, workflow, embedded analytics, and service oriented
architecture into i.s.h.med, and implement our long-term development
strategy for the product,” explains Stefan Herm, head of Siemens Medical
Solutions GSD GmbH and Senior VicePresident of the Health Services
Europe business unit for Siemens AG, Healthcare Sector.
solution will be further developed based on the SAP NetWeaver platform
and the SAP for Healthcare solution portfolio and join the next
generation of hospital information systems, remaining an important part
of our worldwide healthcare IT strategy.”
SAP and Siemens intend to continue and intensify their cooperation to
integrate i.s.h.med with SAP for Healthcare. Both companies are
currently working on the details of their upcoming collaboration plans
and will disclose these in the near future. Both companies’ goals are to
provide global customers with information systems that connect business aspects, such as billing, human resources, and patient management with the clinical aspects of healthcare operations.
With this offering, both companies are laying the foundation for
more efficiency in healthcare and are therefore creating an essential prerequisite for better
“Hospitals and other healthcare organizations are under
enormous cost and quality pressure today,” says John Papandrea, Global Healthcare Sector
Head at SAP AG. “Integrated information systems that cover both business and clinical tasks play
a decisive role in increasing efficiency in healthcare today and in coming years. Given that
i.s.h.med is fully integrated into SAP Patient Management for Healthcare, we look forward to closer
collaboration with Siemens in the future.”
The hospital information system i.s.h.med was developed
in the 1990s as a collaborative project among partners and forerunners of Siemens Medical
Solutions GSD GmbH and T-Systems in Austria in close consultation with SAP. The companies
then shared the rights to the product. In the meantime, the software has become an important tool for
planning, control, and communication in more than 300 hospitals in 16 countries worldwide.
To further develop i.s.h.med, Siemens Healthcare plans
to take over the product rights that currently belong to T-Systems Austria, a subsidiary of
Deutsche Telekom focused on sales, implementation, and system integration of i.s.h.med.
T-Systems remains an important partner for Siemens.
In conjunction with the transfer of rights, 34
employees from the T-Systems development department will join Siemens AG Austria and, along with
colleagues in development at Siemens Healthcare, put their proven know-how to work in the
rapid further development of the i.s.h.med hospital information system.
“With the transfer of the 50 percent joint copyright of
i.s.h.med and the acquisition of the developers responsible for this hospital information
system from T-Systems, the entire product development is consolidated in the hands of Siemens,”
says Georg Obermeier, Managing Director of T-Systems in Austria.
“In so doing, investment
protection for our customers is assured over the long term. It was important for us to continue to work
closely with Siemens in the healthcare market. The comprehensive and worldwide support of all
of our common customers is thus secured for the future.”
The software solution i.s.h.med is a clinical
information system that is fully integrated in SAP. It is deployed in
over 300 clinics in Austria, Belgium, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Israel,
Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore,
South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey. I.s.h.med thus ranks as
one of the leading IT solutions in healthcare. Based on SAP for
Healthcare industry solution, the i.s.h.med hospital information system
offers medical functions for the clinical environment.
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