Siemens obtains full rights to the hospital information system

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, 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. 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, 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.

“The 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 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 patient care.

“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 is fully integrated into SAP Patient Management for Healthcare, we look forward to closer collaboration with Siemens in the future.”

The hospital information system 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, 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 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 hospital information system.

“With the transfer of the 50 percent joint copyright of 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 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. thus ranks as one of the leading IT solutions in healthcare. Based on SAP for Healthcare industry solution, the hospital information system offers medical functions for the clinical environment.

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