Deutsche Telekom invests in the healthcare sector, with a new acquisition in the pipeline

  • BrightOne GmbH's healthcare IT business to be taken over
  • More than 200 employees to join Telekom
  • Future hospital services from the cloud
  • Entertain for patients to make clinics more competitive

Deutsche Telekom is continuing to build on its position in the healthcare sector with the purchase of the healthcare IT business of BrightOne GmbH (formerlyTieto) from the parent company, Aurelius AG. 200 Tieto employees from Germany, the Netherlands and the development location in India will transfer to Deutsche Telekom as part of the acquisition. The antitrust authorities still need to agree to the move, and are expected to give the green light by the end of January 2014. BrightOne GmbH manufactures the iMedOne hospital information system (HIS). With 200 customers and more than 100,000 users, it is one of the five largest providers in Germany. The HIS manufacturer and T-Systems have operated a sales partnership in this market for a number of years. The company also provides more than 550 hospitals with hygiene management software, making it the market leader in Germany. Deutsche Telekom is also taking over BrightOne's healthcare business in the Netherlands, which includes pathology laboratory information systems and solutions for national data registries for Dutch healthcare bodies. "Digitization is advancing continuously in the healthcare market. This is a promising strategic growth area for T-Systems. The need for IT services from the cloud will keep on growing. This acquisition puts us in a very strong position in this market," explains Reinhard Clemens, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and T-Systems CEO. "The takeover is the most important step for our particular business area this year. It will make us one of the leading service providers in this strong-selling sector," adds Dr. Axel Wehmeier, SVP of the strategic business area Health. Cloud services for hospitals. The acquisition will enable Deutsche Telekom to expand its portfolio to include its own HIS service, strengthening its business in the healthcare sector. Connecting hospitals with other clinics or specialist doctors is one of the cornerstones of the networked healthcare sector of the future. Hospital information systems play a key role in providing health data. The customers acquired through this deal will also contribute to growth for Deutsche Telekom, with the company providing them with classic telecommunications services and e-health services from a single source. Deutsche Telekom is firmly committed to cloud solutions in the long term. Customers will in future access their hospital information service from the cloud and use their long-term archives through the Telekom networks from the company's highly secure data centers, for example. Deutsche Telekom also plans to expand its hospital business through telemedicine services and mobile terminals, used for example during daily hospital rounds. The iMedOne Mobile app is available for this. Entertain for patients Deutsche Telekom also plans to score points with Entertain for patients, a hospital version of the company's Internet TV service. Modern TV entertainment to patients' beds has become key for competitiveness in the clinic market. The company has already successfully fitted out a number of hospitals with this technology, such as Schwarzwald-Baar hospital and the Asklepios Hospital in Stadtroda. The Telekom TV service enables patients to watch TV programs and videos when it suits them, to surf the net, to order their meals and to keep a schedule of important treatment appointments. Deutsche Telekom expands it commitment to healthcare Deutsche Telekom is continually building on its commitment to the healthcare sector. It was with this in mind that the company launched its Health business area in 2010 as part of the intelligent networks strategy. The areas dealt with by this unit include remote treatment of patients, digital measuring devices for smartphones, tablet PCs for doctors' rounds in hospitals, hospital IT, assistance and emergency systems for the elderly, and the electronic health card. Deutsche Telekom recently won a tender from Gematik for the provision of electronic health cards. As general contractor, Deutsche Telekom is to carry out large-scale online field trials in Saxony and Bavaria. These will be considered as general tests for the nationwide introduction of networked health cards.

About Deutsche Telekom Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with 144 million mobile customers, 32 million fixed-network lines and over 17 million broadband lines (as of June 30, 2013). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in some 50 countries and has 231,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of € 58.2 billion in the 2012 financial year—over half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2012). About T-Systems Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. On this basis, Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customers unit provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. Some 52,700 employees at T-Systems combine industry expertise with ICT innovations to add significant value to customers’ Page 4 of 4 core business all over the world. The corporate customers unit generated revenue of around € 10 billion in the 2012 financial year.