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Prominent German Business Leaders accompany the Federal Minister Rainer Brüderle to Turkey

The Government of Turkey is very interested in German medical software.

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Subtitle: The Government of Turkey is very interested in German medical software.

Koblenz (euro adhoc) - Reforms and greater efficiency are important political goals in Turkey, but are often difficult to implement. The German Government has also recognized the enormous potential for market development in Turkey: The expansion and stabilization of the business relationship between Germany and Turkey is of great importance. This was also the goal of the official visit in Turkey from May 26 until May 28, 2010 by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Rainer Brüderle, who was accompanied by 21 prominent business leaders ready to lend their expertise. Frank Gotthardt, the founder and chairman of the board of the Koblenz-based medical software company, CompuGROUP, was one of those experts.

Ankara and Istanbul - those are enigmatic names that light up the eyes of many German vacationers and educational travelers. But the Federal Minister, Rainer Brüderle, and his companions were not focusing on the beautiful weather during their trip to these destinations, but instead were addressing tangible economic and political questions. "Many German businesses have already established themselves in Turkey - and backwards. We want to expand those German-Turkish economy and business relationships. We were able to appraise the current situation during our trip and to start generating concrete strategies, together with our Turkish partners", said the Federal Minister.

The exchange took place at the highest political level - evidence of the importance that Turkey attaches to the German-Turkish business relationship. Discussion partners for the German delegation included the Minister of State, Ali Babacan, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and  is responsible for economic matters, Egemen Bagis, the Minister of State and  EU Chief Negotiator, as well as the Minister of Industry and Trade, Ergün.

The reform efforts for the health care system that are currently underway present an immense challenge for the Turkish politicians. Due to the introduction of a family physician system in Turkey, modern doctor information systems, such as those offered by CompuGROUP, are currently in high demand.

A Turkish government delegation already visited CompuGROUP in Koblenz in December of 2009 to gather information about the German software solutions and its suitability for their country. The experts were interested in how to improve the quality of medical care with simultaneous cost savings. This is an enormous challenge in a large country like Turkey, which is almost twice the size of Germany, with an almost identical population.  In the opinion of CompuGROUP´s CEO, Frank Gotthardt, at the same time this is a task that can be accomplished with the help of intelligent software. "The Turkish family physicians can accomplish the leap into the e-health future with the help of our modern doctor information system networks and thereby achieve the best medical services for their patients in a particularly effective manner", emphasized Frank Gotthardt, whose company is already represented in 18 countries - including a successful presence in Turkey.

"So-called Medical Decision Support Systems are able to electronically provide relevant medical information for pending decisions to physicians, with lightning speed and in the right place, at the right time. The information is tailored precisely to the respective patient´s health record", according to the CEO of the Koblenz-based company. Particular advantages of the CompuGROUP products are: The process-optimized IT solutions are modular, flexible and can be seamlessly integrated into existing infrastructures. Since this system can be utilized just as easily in rural areas as in cities, it is particularly suitable for the infrastructure of a large country like Turkey with a low population density.

The Turkish hosts also needed information regarding the subject of telematics infrastructure. When it functions smoothly, it also represents an important component for a more efficient health care system. CompuGROUP concepts, such as the web-based personal health record "vita-X" could also serve as a model for this aspect. Through the health record, all of the service providers are linked across sectors and have online access to the patient´s relevant medical data during treatment, without a time delay. Of special importance is the maximum data security offered through the "vita-X" technology, due to anonymized and coded data storage. Thanks to a special safety procedure, called "technical appropriation protection" by experts, it is factually impossible, even for administrators or insiders, to manipulate, steal or appropriate sensitive patient information.

Rainer Brüderle and his travel companions were convinced after the official visit: The German solution approaches are falling on extremely fertile ground in Turkey. After the conclusion of the event, the German business leaders´ focus was therefore not on saying goodbye, but on looking forward to an even more intensive German-Turkish collaboration.

About CompuGROUP Holding AG CompuGROUP is one of the leading e-health companies worldwide. Its software products, designed to support all medical and organizational activities in doctors´ offices and hospitals, its information services for all parties involved in the healthcare system and its web-based personal health records contribute towards safer and more efficient healthcare. The services of CompuGROUP are based on its unique customer base of around 360,000 doctors, dentists, hospitals and networks as well as other service providers. CompuGROUP is the e-Health company with one of the biggest coverage among e- health service providers worldwide. The company operates in 14 European countries as well as in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and in the USA and currently employs around 2,800 people.

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