Network medicine

One strategic aim of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG is the implementation of the commercial and healthcare policy vision of network medicine that provides comprehensive healthcare services nationwide. This rests on the core belief that each patient should receive the most modern, high quality medical care in accordance with their requirements in future, too – in keeping with the motto: rationalisation, rather than rationing! The concept behind this is to increase the efficiency potential whilst maintaining a level of medical care that is of at least the same quality. We intend to achieve this through a more targeted referral of the patient in terms of treatment location and treatment type. For example, the specialisation of clinics to deal with certain indications will increase as a result of quality and profitability factors. The consequence of this is that a patient may be referred to a treatment location outside the region where they live to ensure optimum treatment. This should optimise the care the patient receives whilst also preventing resources being wasted.

Wir für Gesundheit (We stand for Health)

As a first step towards the practical realisation of network medicine, a payer-independent network partnership started to operate in 2014 under the brand “Wir für Gesundheit” (We stand for Health). Under this umbrella and together with our partners, we offer all insured patients a guaranteed quality standard and additional inpatient and outpatient services in the clinics of the partner network within the scope of an employer-financed additional health plan. Thanks to the complementing services offered by these additional health plans, patients will hardly notice the difference between statutory or private healthcare. This is accompanied by the introduction of network medicine structures that make it possible to treat patients in a more targeted way within the network and the affiliated clinics. We assume that with the aid of the network, around a quarter of patients will in future look for the best treatment location, rather than – as is currently the case – the nearest. In the medium term, there are plans to expand the network into a national payer-independent association of qualified service providers.