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INMEDEA Simulator: CompuGROUP offers virtual clinics for authentic patient cases.

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Koblenz (euro adhoc) - CompuGROUP Holding AG, one of the world's leading e-health service providers offers physicians and medical students an opportunity to train on authentic patient cases in virtual clinics configured to meet users' specific needs. The INMEDEA Simulator promotes the rapid, sustainable development of expertise while helping save time, resources and costs.

CompuGROUP has been active in the German e-health market since the late 1980s and has expanded its business activities continuously ever since. Early this year, the e-health service provider acquired 75% interest in INMEDEA GmbH, a company founded in 2008. INMEDEA is an outgrowth of the "Prometheus" project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research - the cornerstone of the web-based e-learning platform INMEDEA Simulator.

The INMEDEA Simulator combines state-of-the-art technology with sound scientific principles and learning methods. Working in a virtual hospital, medical students and physicians have an opportunity to acquire medical knowledge and expertise in a "playful" approach. Unlike other media-aided learning systems in use today, emphasis is not placed on digesting facts but on applying acquired knowledge in concrete scenarios. Virtual patients are examined and treated in graphic simulations of real outpatient clinics.

The corresponding library module provides quick, problem-oriented access to background information and tutorials on specific topics. A knowledge-exchange forum is also available. As learners act and take decisions in virtual reality, straight factual knowledge quickly evolves into practical, experience-based expertise. Until now, such expertise could often be acquired slowly, unsystematically and incompletely in actual practice and the exchange of empirical insights with colleagues. A composite of real experience, the virtual, yet authentic patient thus contributes to the development of sound medical expertise.

Another key advantage offered by the INMEDEA Simulator for users undergoing basic or specialized medical training is the opportunity to deal with rare or exotic diseases in the form of realistic simulations. Common diseases which, due to cost and capacity constraints, are now treated almost exclusively in special clinics are rarely encountered in teaching hospitals today. They can also be "played through" without restriction as to time or place, a factor of crucial importance to medical students and practitioners.

The INMEDEA Simulator underscores the role of CompuGROUP as a technology and innovation leader. The platform is the most ambitious and extensive patient simulation system in the field of medicine and its combination of didactics, content and technology is unparalleled in the world. Thanks to the fully modular structure of virtual clinics and patients, the level of complexity can be adjusted to the specific requirements of each user. Up to 3800 diagnostic and therapeutic measures are available for simulated use. INMEDEA was a finalist in the 2009 European E-Learning Award competition and placed second in the Professional E-Learning category. A number of national and international clients, among them the German Army, are already taking advantage of the strong potential and the diverse possibilities offered by the INMEDEA Simulator. Further projects are also planned in cooperation with sponsors and industrial clients.

"Studies show that basic and specialized medical training has a lasting effect only if it is problem-oriented and interactive. Traditional lectures and medical textbooks are much less effective learning media"; explains Prof. Dr. med. Stefan F. Winter, Chief Technical Officer of CompuGROUP. "With the INMEDEA Simulator, medical students and physicians learn and practise using optimum diagnostic and treatment paths with individual patients. Quality medical care and economic pragmatism are perfectly balanced in each individual case. This ultimately results in better patient treatment and a more effective use of the resources available to the healthcare system. The concept is rounded out by the possibility of integrating it into out clinic and physicians' information systems, through which we are able to reach physicians directly within their workflows."

About CompuGROUP Holding AG CompuGROUP is one of the leading e-health companies in the world. Its software products designed to support medical and organizational activities in physicians' surgeries and hospitals, its information services for all parties involved in the health sector and its Web-based personal medical files contribute to the development of a more reliable and efficient health service system. The basis for the services offered by CompuGROUP is an unparalleled customer base comprising some 326,000 physicians, dentists, hospitals and networks, as well as other service providers. CompuGROUP is the e-health company with the widest global reach among service providers. The firm operates in 14 European countries, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the U.S. and currently employs roughly 2,700 people. ----------------------- 4,589 characters (incl. header, excl. spaces) Reprinting permitted - page 1 of 2

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