The year 2020 will bring change to the Board of OptiMedis AG: after more than ten years at OptiMedis, Deputy Chairman of the Board Dr Alexander Pimperl takes on new professional challenges as Director Data Insights & Business Intelligence at AstraZeneca Germany.
In this issue you read amongst other topics about our new activities to establish population-based integrated care in the state of Hesse, Germany, and soon in Saverne and a district of Strasbourg, France. We are also pleased to report that our Jount Venture OptiMedis-COBIC UK and partners received the HSJ award for the best system integrator initiative in the UK. And we're involved in three new research projects funded by the German Ministry of Health, the EU and OECD that put the patient at the centre of the attention.
The joint venture OptiMedis-COBIC together with the North-East London Commissioning Support Unit led consortium including Imperial College Health Partners, Social Finance and the consulting firm PPL has won the renowned Health Service Journal Award 2019 (HSJ Award) in the category "System leadership initiative of the year". The basis was the adaptation of the OptiMedis model for population-oriented, integrated care in the Hampshire region. The HSJ Award is presented annually for excellence in healthcare.
OptiMedis AG is expanding its work for health-promoting hospitals and facilities. After taking over the management of the German Network for Health Promotion Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities (DNGfK) in 2018, OptiMedis AG is now the leading provider of health promotion services in Germany. The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (HPH) is now being added. OptiMedis was awarded the contract to manage the HPH secretariat in an international tender.
OptiMedis-COBIC is on the shortlist of finalists of the HSJ Awards for its work to build integrated healthcare in Hampshire.
In a recent financing round with convertibles and direct investments, OptiMedis AG received a mid six-figure sum. Various reputable individuals from the health care sector are involved.
In this issue you will get an idea of how busy the last six months were for OptiMedis. Apart from the implementation of our population-based integrated care contracts in a third region in Germany, we receive queries for support from further countries including France and Switzerland. We are also pleased to report on the progress in the COMPAR-EU project and to introduce you to the doctoral students of the Marie-Curie Training Network HealthPros.
The OptiMedis family welcomes a new European member: at the end of 2018, OptiMedis and a Belgian partner founded the OptiMedis BE BVBA company. In addition to OptiMedis, shareholders include Health as a Service BVBA as well as Karin Stephanie Genoe and Frank Walter Ponsaert, who both also share the management responsibilities. They are responsible for local implementation; OptiMedis provides support with its expertise and data analyses.
This issue presents amongst others: We've got green light for implementing our population-based integrated care model in a third region in Germany and our joint venture OptiMedis-COBIC UK has been very successful on the NHS Health Systems Framework. Also OptiMedis is onboard for exciting EU projects and organized a "future tones" conference to discuss the future of work in health care (person-centred, team-beased & digital) in conjunction with a concert of the World Doctors Orchestra.
For the last two years, OptiMedis-COBIC UK has brought together the expertise and experience of two well established and pioneering companies, OptiMedis AG from Germany and COBIC Ltd from the UK, working in close association with NHS Commissioners and Providers, as well as leading IT companies and academic partners.