Overview of the DACE-Project Partners

Overview of the DACE-Project Partners

comjoo business solutions GmbH is an international and highly motivated team based in Berlin. The company sets new standards in digital health care with its innovative comjoodoc platform, the understanding for the needs of the health market and the use of cutting-edge technology. The motivation behind comjoo’s work is always the optimization of medical workflows and processes in order to create sustained added value for doctors, nurses and patients. The platform comjoodoc supports trustful co-operation and safe networking in the entire health care system.

As a service and communications provider, comjoo specializes in highly secure and highly productive offers. The self-developed software is hosted exclusively in German computing centers and each customer-specific adjustment is made by the team itself. The direct exchange with customers and adaptations for individual work environments are an integral part of the continuous further development of the platform.

Within the DACE-Project:
In addition to project management, comjoo as a consortium partner concentrates on providing the platform with all planned synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, on the multiplication possibilities of the digital healthcare platform for other specialist areas and existing medical services as well as on the integration possibilities of third party services.

In addition, comjoo takes on the task of developing a patient portal and the corresponding app for patients. In cooperation with the consortium partners, the interaction and communication services along the patient-oriented treatment paths will be linked and made generally available as routine procedures, so-called “Scopes”. In order to support multiplication, comjoo will first develop a security concept that takes into consideration the new e-health law and will subsequently supervise the technological implementation. This also includes ensuring network access for all end users.

Another of comjoo’s goals is the transfer of doctors’ individual workflows from analog to digital. Among other things, documents that previously had to be filled in analogously will be transferred to an electronic form and complicated work processes will be supported by intelligent means of communication.

Within the DACE project, comjoo sees itself as a translator for the requirements of healthcare providers and as the service provider of an innovative solution for improving individual medical workflows.

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The Charité is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. Here, doctors and scientists research, heal and teach at the highest international level. More than half of the German Nobel Prize winners in medicine and physiology come from the Charité, including Emil von Behring, Robert Koch and Paul Ehrlich. Worldwide, the university hospital is highly regarded as an excellent educational institution. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is the joint medical faculty of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The Charité is spread over a total of four locations, which includes around 100 clinics and institutes that are bundled into 17 Charité Centers. With 13,200 employees, the Charité generates a total revenue of 1.6 billion euros per year, making it one of Berlin’s largest employers. Including subsidiary companies, the Charité has 17,100 employees. In 2010, the Charité was able to look back on a 300-year long history.

Within the DACE-Project:
The Charité Berlin, in this case the working group “Digital Nephrology” (Prof. Dr. med. Klemens Budde, Dr. med. Fabian Halleck, Dipl. Inf. Danilo Schmidt, Dr. med. Oliver Staeck) from the Medical Clinic with focus on Nephrology and Internal Intensive Care Medicine is the ideal consortium partner for DACE, as the clinic provides optimal application examples. Due to the complexity of their disease, chronically ill patients (in this case patients with chronic kidney disease) in particular require life-long, highly specialized, complex medical care that cannot be provided at the highest level everywhere in Germany.

A close connection to many different doctors and specialists both inside and outside of the hospital, for example in rural residential areas, is necessary. Optimal therapy management requires a cross-sectoral exchange of therapy-relevant information. However, medical expert knowledge is only insufficiently available in these structurally weaker regions and the few local specialists are often overcrowded. Long waiting times for appointments and long distances between the patient’s home and the specialized care center obstruct an optimal therapy result, as quick communication in the event of problems is only inadequately possible.

This results in potentially avoidable complications and preventable hospital stays, which hurt the long-term success of therapy. For this reason, functioning telemedical concepts are regarded as enormously important by all those involved, especially in the care for chronically ill patients in rural areas. Currently, the health policy course for the future is being set, which – among other things – includes the discussion of the expansion of the reimbursement of telemedical treatment. This is why the Berlin Charité as a partner offers the ideal environment to develop DACE and, starting from the pilot test, develop the project further.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST is an industry-oriented research institute. It is active in the business areas “Digitization in Logistics”, “Digitization in Health Care” and “Digitization in Service Industries” and supports its customers and partners from the Dortmund location in all issues relating to digitization. The institute is an institution of the “Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.”, the largest organization for applied research in Europe.

Within the DACE-Project:
The Fraunhofer Institute ISST supports the project with its many years of expertise with the developments in the protection of privacy data. The aim is the expansion of the existing data protection concept and providing advice in accordance with EU-wide standards, in particular the Medical Products Act, to ensure that it can be utilized as is customary on the market. This implies the consideration of a Procedure of Risk Management (ISO 14971), Usability (IEC 62366), Software Development (IEC 62304) and Basic Quality Management for Medical Products (ISO 13485).

In addition, they research and translate data protection-compliant, manufacturer-independent communication patterns, taking into account international standards (e.g. IHE, HL7) and national framework conditions.

Therefore, the development of strategies using concepts funded by the BMBF and led by the Fraunhofer ISST Industrial Data Space project should enable translation into other industries. The IDS will create a manufacturer-independent digital marketplace and data space and promote the marketability of the services that are to be established within the framework of this project. Finally, the intersectoral case management is to be further developed using the “electronic case file”.

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The MedVision AG is an internationally active system house for medical data processing, and has stood for quality and innovation in the development of efficient and economic solutions in the field of standard user software for the medical sector for more than 25 years. The MedVision AG offers an information system that is specially tailored to MVZs, joint practices and specialist practices, operating companies as well as outpatient departments and specialist departments of hospitals. Using the different models NEPHRO 7, medvisionMVZ, medvisionAMBULANZ and medvisionPRAXIS. With NEPHRO 7 in particular, MedVision AG is the market leader in the field of nephrological information systems in Germany with a market share of over 60%.

Within the DACE-Project:
As a consortium partner, we focus on ensuring an intersectoral, interoperable, usable, legally compliant and data protection compliant communication and interaction of the entire health care community along the integrated patient care within the Digital Allround Care Ecosystem (DACE).

In detail, we link existing Smart Services such as the Electronic Case File (EFA) as well as future Smart Services through our information system NEPHRO 7 with the platform developed by comjoo for communication between authorized communication partners.

Beyond that, we support the specification and validation of processes for the interaction between Smart Service providers and the specification of guidelines for the service design of Smart Services for an effective integration into the Digital Healthcare Ecosystem (DHE) as well as the conception of business models and methods for the multiplication of DHE usage in connection with Smart Service providers.

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