Setting off into the future with modern IT systems: reorganizing hospitals with SAP

Almost all of the companies in the health care sector share the same goals: digital patient files, more efficient work flows and cost savings. By standardizing their enterprise resource planning (ERP) and hospital information systems (HIS), hospitals are taking an important step towards better efficiency.

The health care sector is facing huge challenges. Growing cost pressures, new statutory frameworks and overworked employees are putting hospitals under strain. Added to this are interruptions in the flow of information between hospitals, private practitioners and funding agencies, making it more difficult for these entities to work together efficiently. At the same time, demands for transparency and quality are growing continuously. Companies in the health care sector need to harness the opportunities being provided by digitalization in the form of customized services, new treatment methods and the use of technical and medical innovations.

The health care sector is facing huge challenges. Growing cost pressures, new statutory frameworks and overworked employees are putting hospitals under strain. Added to this are interruptions in the flow of information between hospitals, private practitioners and funding agencies, making it more difficult for these entities to work together efficiently. At the same time, demands for transparency and quality are growing continuously. Companies in the health care sector need to harness the opportunities being provided by digitalization in the form of customized services, new treatment methods and the use of technical and medical innovations.

Standardizing ERP and HIS systems

Hospitals can significantly reduce their administrative burden by centralizing purchasing, material logistics, administration and patient invoicing functions. At the same time, they can plan their resources more reliably utilizing ERP and HIS systems across organizational boundaries. In addition to this, if hospitals use new technologies, they can make patient histories available to all doctors and caregivers involved in treating the patient regardless of their location, creating more efficient processes. This also simplifies interdisciplinary collaboration.

Combining standard SAP software with customized solutions

Lufthansa Industry Solutions is helping hospitals to actively take advantage of the opportunities being afforded by digital transformation in the health care sector. Lufthansa Industry Solutions has more than 20 years of experience in both setting up and running SAP systems and in the consolidation of ERP and HIS systems. Together with more than 220 SAP specialists, we supervise all phases of SAP IT projects from planning to roll-outs to operations. We place particular emphasis on integrating standard SAP software components and special customized solutions in order to create an overall, process-optimized system.

We have already helped hospitals to:

  • consolidate different SAP mandates into one SAP mandate for different institutions with one company code and one controlling area;
  • optimize processes and further develop SAP applications for finances, controlling, materials management and logistics, group consolidation and HIS;
  • integrate one service company into the IT system of the corporate headquarters and to integrate a rehabilitation clinic from a non-SAP landscape into the central SAP system;
  • consolidate the SAP systems of several hospitals including standardization of processes within the ERP system spread over a range of different locations;
  • integrate administrative processes into one central IT system landscape and integrate patient invoicing via standard interfaces; and
  • develop strategies to select a clinical workplace system (CWS).

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