Swisscom Health AG and the i-engineers AG, a software firm that provides specialised solutions for electronic patient record-keeping and networking, have decided to enter a strategic partnership. The cooperation will create new cloud-based solutions for hospitals that will also be beneficial to doctors and patients. Customers of the i-engineers will therefore be able to purchase their services at a fixed price as part of a convenient service model. The partnership will enable Swisscom to strengthen its position in the Swiss healthcare sector.
Swisscom Health AG has established itself as a provider of comprehensive solutions for the Swiss healthcare sector. It offers everything from services and software for medical practices and networking solutions for hospitals to administrative data exchange systems for insurance companies and applications for patients. Swisscom’s strategic partnership with the i-engineers will help it boost the integration of its existing solutions for hospitals.
The i-engineers AG is a specialist provider of enterprise content management (ECM), workflow and process management solutions. More than 70 hospitals already use its healthcare solution Health Engine as a patient record system, communication hub and integration platform.
Fixed-price cloud-based services pave the way to eHealth Switzerland goals
Within the framework of the partnership, Swisscom Health AG will provide the networking solutions of the i-engineers as exclusive cloud-based services. This service model enables investment and operating costs to be cut significantly. Customers will benefit from integration with the IHE components of InterComponentWare (ICW), the Evita personal health record system and the curaX data exchange platform. The solution ensures that hospitals are connected to the architecture recommended by eHealth Switzerland, offers investment protection and can reach a relevant number of customers.
“According to a recent study, the digitisation of data communication could save the Swiss healthcare industry hundreds of millions in process costs,” says Swisscom Health AG CEO Stefano Santinelli.
“Our customers will benefit from a new and revolutionary solution,” adds Peter Summermatter, the CEO of the i-engineers. “Hospitals will benefit from greater flexibility and predictable prices and can digitise their processes step by step across hospitals and cantonal borders.”