Pironet NDH ensures intersectoral networking at Märkische Kliniken

(PresseBox) (Cologne, ) Märkische Gesundheitsholding, the biggest health services provider in South Westphalia with 1,100 beds and 3,200 employees, communicates over a telemedicine network. The corporate network of Pironet NDH has replaced earlier island solutions and created a uniform data infrastructure in the municipal hospital network (intersectoral networking). Three clinics, five nursing homes and rehab hospitals as well as one radiological practice now use central information systems via this corporate network.

Secure infrastructure for patient data

To protect their locations effectively against attacks from the internet, the facilities of Märkische Gesundheitsholding use an internet access in the Pironet NDH data centre which is protected in multiple ways. "With the new telemedicine network, we concentrate our entire data communication over a uniform high-security infrastructure," explains Dietmar Dorroch, head of the company's IT. The decisive factor in choosing the provider was therefore the security aspect, says Mr Dorroch: "When handling patient data we are subject to stringent requirements for data privacy and security. Pironet NDH has many years of experience in the health sector, with processes and systems which have security certificates."

All systems use the telemedicine network to access, among other things, the central hospital information system (KIS) which stores the electronic patient data and controls the management processes. Mobile KIS access via encrypted data connections, which thus offer maximum security, is also possible. The main load on the Märkische telemedicine network is caused by radiographs. Instead of transporting developed films or data carriers to the various clinics by courier, the results of examinations are available to the doctors within seconds. MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) technology in Pironet NDH's corporate network ensures that large volumes of image data are transferred with priority.

Online accounting with Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians

The telemedicine network also incorporates specially protected accesses for online services of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians Westfalen Lippe. Märkische Kliniken uses KV-Safenet ports, for example, to bill its services with the compulsory health insurance funds online and paper-free.

About Märkische Kliniken

Märkische Kliniken GmbH is a municipal hospital network with a private legal form. Founded in 1975, it was one of the first hospital limited companies in Germany.

Märkische Kliniken GmbH, which has its head office in Lüdenscheid, includes Klinikum Lüdenscheid, Stadtklinik Werdohl and Marienhospital Letmathe.

Klinikum Lüdenscheid, with its 28 clinics and institutes, is a full-service hospital and the largest hospital in South Westphalia.

The hospital company is integrated into the Märkische Gesundheitsholding, under whose umbrella facilities for residential care of the elderly, a hospice, a dialysis centre, rehab hospitals and other medical care institutions are operated.


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