Celebrating the differences in all people and learning from each other – concepts that prompt companies to collaborate. Enter the opta data Group, which launched a startup program in February. The leading provider of IT, billing and services in the healthcare sector wants to drive the expansion and development of "digital health" strategies, meaning software-based tools and apps besides technologies that facilitate big data processing and analysis in healthcare. The solutions - whether pertaining to big data, artificial intelligence (AI) or apps – are designed to simplify healthcare processes and make life easier for patients.
Why do we need startups for this? "Collaboration with startups means faster solution implementation, which makes the workday easier for stakeholders in the healthcare system. It also means patients benefit much sooner," says Dr. Jana Drechsler, project manager Corporate Development / M & A. She manages the program and has extensive startup experience. Ultimately, the healthcare system, patients, companies, and startups all stand to benefit. "We find new exciting inspiration and ideas for future solutions we would otherwise never have discovered on our own or only at a much later point in time, while we help startups fast track market access and enable them to use our resources as a trusted sparring partner." Whether it’s about resources or digitization, the magic word for success today is networking.
Germany still has a lot of catching up to do in terms of digitization, which isn’t just the takeaway of the COVID-19 pandemic. But luckily, this is the area of expertise of the Essen-based company, which celebrates its 50th anniversary. As part of the e-health initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Health, opta data has made an outstanding contribution and already connected 90,000 care providers to the telematics infrastructure (TI). The TI is "a digital information highway that builds the foundation for a secure electronic health information exchange among all healthcare participants," explains Drechsler. The startup program is meant to create additional solutions or services that benefit both care providers and patients. "Future solutions must be designed to simplify healthcare processes and speed them up to benefit both sides - patients and health care providers. It is important that applications are straightforward, simple, and easy to use."