Transparency Server

Real-time Diagnosis for Hospital Processes

The workflows of the inpatient and outpatient care in the roughly 2,000 German hospitals are very complex and highly collaborative. They also have many interfaces with internal and external organizational units, because treatment processes are performed in cooperation of a variety of departments such as stations, functional areas, central supply departments and service providers.

In the course of digitization IT systems are more and more used. The provided software products are mostly specialized in a particular occupational group or a hospital area and thus optimally adapted to the local procedures. But a departmental or even multiagency mapping of workflows is not generally realized: A wealth of IT systems is used in hospitals instead, so that the IT system environment is more and more fragmenting there. Not infrequently, this leads to problems. An example: In general, the IT system in the operating room does not know if patient information is present or if an implant needed for the surgery is ready because it is unable to get access to the patient record or the materials management system. A rule-based link of the systems could exclude in advance that such failure is noticed late or, at worst, not noticed at all.

Thus, the survey of key figures, the better support of processes and the preventive detection of errors is feasible with the Transparency Server.

If hospital processes are simply too complex and not predictable for conventional computer systems, the Transparency Server can detect errors already before the introduction of clinical pathways in a hospital and e. g. early point out the neglected education of a patient before surgery. The system is currently being developed as an internal research project and tested in the Hospital Engineering Laboratory under real conditions

Further information: www.hospital-engineering.org