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Customer Snapshot

Providing Critical Data During Dire Situations

Healing over

5,000

winter sports injuries each year

 

Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital has built a global reputation among skiers and snowboarders as a provider of advanced treatment for winter sports injuries. But the hospital is also a major regional medical center with 13 specialty departments including neurology, orthopedics, and nuclear medicine. To optimize care for all patients, the hospital is continually improving clinical and operational processes with pioneering information technology.

 

Company

Kardinal Schwarzenberg´sches Krankenhaus

Headquarters

Schwarzach im Pongau, Salzburg, Austria

Number of Employees

~1,300

Implementation Partners

T-Systems Austria, SAP Consulting, Siemens AG

Line of Business

Information Technology

Industry

Healthcare

Featured Products

SAP Electronic Medical Record, SAP Afaria, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP HANA, SAP for Healthcare

History

Building a community of care

 

  • 1839Prince-Archbishop Friedrich von Schwarzenberg established a charity healthcare institution for the local population.
  • 1844Seven Sisters of Mercy were inaugurated to fulfill their duties for the local community.
  • 1876The prince-archbishop transferred ownership of the institution to the Order of the Sisters of Mercy; many patients were treated free-of-charge until this time.
  • 1906Dr. Franz Hain joined the hospital as the first medical doctor. The construction of the Gisela railroad line resulted in an increased demand for hospital care in the Salzach Valley.
  • 1928Hospital capacity increased to 130 beds; hospital was officially authorized to operate as a public institution.
  • 1940Hospital used as a military hospital.
  • 1950Continued development with new buildings and wards, including a department for internal and nuclear medicine, an emergency ward, a nursing school, a gynecology ward and an ENT (ear, nose, & throat) department.
  • 2010Expansion: the hospital established a new children’s hospital, central admission, new dialysis facility, and a special department for stroke neurology.
  • 2014Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital opened the new Children and Youth Hospital specializing in the treatment of asthma and allergies.

Business Model

Experts in winter sports injuries

 

The second-largest hospital in the federal state of Salzburg, Austria, the Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital is known almost around the world for their optimal treatment of winter sports athletes. But no matter what the medical need, the institution always focuses on providing the best patient care available.

 

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Professional and social skills

Success Strategy

Treating each patient as an individual

The Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital is committed to restoring the physical and psychological health of patients. Known for providing personalized care, the hospital sets time aside to fully understand the individual needs of each patient, and employs leading technology to pave the way for continued success.

 

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Allocating time for each patient

The Challenge

Making data useful

For clinicians at the Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital to effectively diagnose and treat patients, speed and transparency are very important. Early adoption of a central hospital information system helped the hospital’s IT department develop an extensive patient file system over the years. But performance bottlenecks and combinations of structured and unstructured data sometimes impeded information access.


Furthermore, the existing IT landscape did not support mobile data availability at the point of care.

 

"What we always wanted was a mobile solution that would allow us to access exactly the data which we have in a PC in real-time and on-site during ward rounds as well."

Enter SAP

An ideal solution

After reviewing their specific requirements with SAP, it became clear that SAP Electronic Medical Record could provide Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital with the mobile flexibility clinicians were looking for. Plus, the SAP Afaria mobile device management solution would help keep confidential patient data more secure.

Hospital and SAP stakeholders also concluded that upgrading and migrating applications to the SAP HANA platform could improve operational reporting and applications, reduce overall IT costs, and – most importantly – further enhance patient care.

The SAP Experience

Collaboration speeds the way

Once SAP Electronic Medical Record was selected, the hospital´s IT department and SAP Consulting collaborated on customizing and integrating the solution. The initial project was completed quickly; after just two weeks of implementation and one week of testing, the hospital’s orthopedic ward successfully went live with the mobile app.

 

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Remote implementation keeps costs low

Next, Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital migrated its SAP ERP application and SAP for Healthcare solutions to the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform. That three-month process was followed by the deployment of SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA. To ensure system performance and availability, SAP engaged T-Systems Austria to host SAP HANA in high-availability clusters on dedicated servers.

Running Better

Patient info where it’s needed

By implementing SAP Electronic Medical Record, the Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital can now bring medical data to the doctor’s fingertips on iOS or Android tablets. During daily ward rounds, doctors can access all relevant patient information – even medical images from a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) – in real-time and discuss them with the patient on the spot.

 

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Answering patient questions immediately

The SAP HANA implementation has helped reduce data load times, resulting in dramatically faster access that supports functions ranging from operational and clinical reporting to patient scheduling. In fact, patient scheduling software performance has improved by 3,000%. Furthermore advanced data compression with SAP HANA has helped minimize Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital’s data from approximately 760 GB to about 430 GB.

“By unifying our software landscape on SAP HANA, we not only achieved a lower total cost of ownership but also paved the way for future innovation. For instance, we can now further enhance patient care in the most critical situations by making mass patient data immediately available to medical staff in the intensive care unit.”

– Christian Mühltaler, CIO, Kardinal Schwarzenberg'sches Krankenhaus Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Benefits

Fulfilling the commitment to healing and service

Clinicians make the most of their time with patients, ensure that the hospital functions smoothly, and even help patients schedule appointments with greater ease. This saves Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital time and money, helps the clinical staff make better informed decisions, and greatly improves overall service quality.

 

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A tool hospital staff can use every day

“We can definitely say that we are more relaxed during patient visits – and have less stress.”

Today

Show and tell

Today, the benefits of the mobile app are clearly visible. Patients see how doctors react more quickly to urgent conditions. And in cases such as complicated surgery, patients can discuss matters with their doctors in greater detail, see relevant data on a mobile device, and have the surgeon explain the procedure using multimedia visual aids.

 

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An advantage to the patient

Because patient confidentiality is mandated by law and upheld by principle, SAP Afaria enables the hospital’s IT department to administer and configure mobile devices to securely manage patient data. The SAP Mobile Platform allows only relevant data to be shown to device users with proper credentials.

 

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100% Guaranteed

And with critical applications now running on SAP HANA in hosted, high-availability clusters, clinicians can diagnose and treat patient conditions more effectively. Real-time data access supports informed decision making at the point of care, thus helping improve health outcomes. For administrators, SAP HANA supports reporting, patient scheduling, and other applications to help ensure that operational processes and the non-medical parts of the patient experience are as efficient as possible.

Journey Ahead

More mobility, more efficiency

The Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital considers their SAP Electronic Medical Report project a true success story. And in combination with SAP HANA, Kardinal Schwarzenberg Hospital can extend its use of Big Data to the most time-critical settings – such as emergency and intensive care – where rapid data access and analysis has the most significant lifesaving potential.

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