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EANS-News: Julia Klöckner and CompuGroup Medical Team up for Organ Donations

Results of a representative survey: Physicians save lives based on conviction

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Subtitle: Results of a representative survey: Physicians save lives based on conviction

Koblenz (euro adhoc) - October 14, 2010: The waiting lists are long, there aren´t enough donated organs, and the affected patients are desperate. People still seem to have reservations about donating organs. More information must be made available. CompuGroup Medical wants to help interested physicians educate and convince people about this important topic. Julia Klöckner, parliamentary secretary of state and CDU state chair for Rheinland-Pfalz, has agreed to sponsor this important, life-saving project.

With organ donations, the donor´s organs will be made available to severely ill individuals after the donor´s death. Consent to organ donation must be given while the potential donor is still alive; up to now this was generally done with an organ donor card. Without this official consent, the organs cannot be harvested for transplantation. Many physicians that would like to increase the number of life-saving organ donations are aware of this issue. More than half of those surveyed (50.9%) already demonstrate their personal willingness to donate their organs with a donor card. However, not all physicians act on their convictions. More than one out of three physicians (35.2%) reports not having given it much thought so far. Only 13.6% have made a conscious decision against filling out a donor card.

Basic willingness to donate is sought Statistics make it alarmingly clear: There have been fewer organ donations and organ transplantations in Germany in the past few years - a development that German Health Policy is also trying to reverse at this time. The majority of surveyed physicians believe that the numbers could be improved through new organ donation regulations. More than seven out of ten (72%) are in favor of changing the current requirement of giving consent to requiring an objection. In practice, this would mean that explicit consent would no longer be required and an active objection would be required by those not wanting to donate. In contrast, one fourth of surveyed physicians (26.8%) want to keep the current solution of requiring consent.

In favor of organ donations, but against a competition People that are willing to make their organs available after their death should not do so based on an egotistical calculation. That is the opinion of almost two thirds of the surveyed physicians (63%). They are strictly against rewarding the willingness to donate with a better spot on the waiting list. However, not every physician finds such ulterior motives distasteful. More than one in three (35%) believes it is fair that people willing to donate should have faster access to a donated organ in the event they need one.

There is still a great need for education in German doctors` offices Even though German physicians have a positive attitude toward organ donations, they don´t actively convey their conviction during daily patient interactions. It is encouraging to find that three out of ten surveyed physicians (30%) do encourage their patients to give some serious thought to organ donation - but only in certain cases. More than six out of ten physicians (60.5%) admit that they practically never approach the subject with their patients. Only one out of ten (9.5%) emphasizes that he/she usually tries to get their patients interested in organ donation. Julia Klöckner and CompuGroup Medical would like to increase this interest in the future with the campaign "(M)ein Klick fürs Leben" (one click for life).

About CompuGroup Medical AG CompuGroup Medical 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 Medical are based on its unique customer base of around 370,000 doctors, dentists, hospitals and networks as well as other service providers. CompuGroup Medical 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 3,000 people.

The CGM GesundheitsMONITOR: The CGM GesundheitsMONITOR is a joint initiative of CompuGroup Medical, the Medical Tribune and the Rhein-Zeitung. They perform representative monthly surveys of 440 general practitioners with regard to current issues in the healthcare system. You can download free printable graphs and find publications as well as information about the representative survey at www.cgm-

About Medical Tribune: For over 40 years, the Medical Tribune has been one of the most widely read publications for private practice physicians. The popular weekly newspaper offers an attractive mix of medicine, health and professional policies relevant to private practice, and economic issues that apply to the medical profession. In a unique style, the Medical Tribune provides multi-faceted continued education, personal advice, and interesting reading material within a newspaper. The Medical Tribune´s success story has been documented by the independent readership review (LA-MED) for decades.

About Rhein-Zeitung: The Rhein-Zeitung area of circulation connects the metropolitan areas Köln-Bonn and the Rhein-Main region. The economically strong region around Koblenz is located in the center. With a circulation of right of 224,000 copies and 17 local issues, the Rhein-Zeitung has approximately 640,000 readers.

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