Hospital Future Act – Reduction in payment

Date: January 18, 2021 – Topic

Many of the discussions we have with our customers about the provisions of the Hospital Futures Act (KHZG) are characterized by some uncertainty. This not only affects operators of hospitals and clinics, but also IT companies and public authorities. A particularly sensitive topic is the discount regulation, which is often heard about and from various directions, but whose exact definition is found neither in the KHZG nor in the guideline on the hospital future fund. Who would like to experience here more exactly and not rely thereby on hearsay, goes into the § 5 exp. 3h of the KHEntgG and into §19 of the hospital structure fund regulation. Here you can read:

The maximum amount of the deduction is 2% of the invoice amount for each full and partial inpatient case. The discount regulation already applies as of 01.01.2025.

A deduction will only not apply if all of the five digital services listed below are fully provided in the hospital:

– Patient portal (referral, discharge and during the time of stay)
– Electronic care and treatment documentation
– Clinical decision systems (CSS)
– Digital medication management (DMM)
– Digital service request (CPOE / OERR)

More detailed regulations on the discount procedure and the amount will be agreed by the German National Association of Health Insurance Funds and the German Hospital Federation.

However, it is already clear today that the amount of the respective discount depends (weighted proportionally) on the number of services not provided (see above) and also on whether and how much services provided are used in the hospital.

Hospital Future Act – digital by law

Date: January 15, 2021 – Messages

GÖK Consulting supports clinics in identifying, applying for and implementing eligible projects. The current crisis shows how important digitization is for healthcare and must therefore be driven forward more intensively. With the passing of the Hospital Future Act (KHZG), the German government aims to promote digitization in German hospitals. To this end, the federal and state governments have launched an investment program worth billions of euros to counteract the investment backlog in the area of digitization. Hospitals can apply for funding until the end of the year. With the help of a holistic consulting approach, GÖK Consulting supports customers in taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the funding program.

GÖK Consulting is already supporting several hospitals on the path to digital transformation.  With the help of an analytical and systematic approach, GÖK Consulting supports the preparation and realization of funding applications. In addition to the short-term availability of free resources, which are urgently needed in the Corona crisis, the hospital benefits from the comprehensive expert knowledge of the GÖK consultants.

The range of services at a glance:

– IT inventory (IT short audit)
– Identification of eligible projects
– Professional preparation and execution of the application
– KHZG-compliant implementation of the funding criteria
– Project planning and implementation
– Creation of a digital strategy

GÖK Consulting looks back on more than 30 years of experience and hundreds of successfully completed projects in the field of digitalization in healthcare. The planning and implementation of the following eligible projects are among the core competencies of GÖK consultants:

– Updating the (information) technical equipment of the emergency room
– Implementation of a patient portal
– Digital care and treatment documentation system
– Automated and voice-based support systems
– Central process and order entry (CPOE systems)
– IT security and interoperability
– Digital medication management
– Implementation of decision support systems (CSS)
– Establishment of telemedicine network structures
– Robotics

Agile Crisis-Management

Date: January 07, 2021 – Topic

OKR in crisis-management – Objective and key results

In times of Corona, modern and agile tools are in demand to carry goals and subgoals into different business areas in crisis mode and to work through them promptly. One tool is attracting more and more attention here, namely “OKR”, which stands for Objectives and Key Results. It is about qualitative objectives and quantitative key results.

OKR was developed in the 1970s by the semiconductor manufacturer Intel and, like most agile methods such as Scrum or KanBan, originates from the digital business sector. The system received special attention when Google announced the management of the company with OKR.

What is hardly known is that the OKR method is particularly suitable for crisis management. In the political environment as well as at the level of the individual health care institution. Even the handling of crisis situations on a small scale, on the ward or in the treatment team can be excellently controlled with OKR and harmonised with other target levels.

Mrs. Dipl. Vw. Pia Drauschke (NextHealth GmbH), which specialises in change management, and Dr. Stefan Drauschke, Managing Director of GÖK Consulting GmbH, have published the topic “OKR” in the current column of KlinikMarktInside, which we have prepared for you here as a pdf download (German-language):

OKR – Google Organisation für das Management im Krisenfall

TU Berlin – Conference “Municipal Infrastructure Management”

Place:TU Berlin

At the conference “Municipal Infrastructure Management” organized by the Technical University of Berlin on September 22, 2017, scientific work from the areas of economics, law and administrative sciences will be presented, in which current issues relating to municipal infrastructure management are examined. As part of the interdisciplinary program, Jörg Risse will give a lecture on “Alternative forms of financing for new municipal hospitals”.

Discharge management – opportunities and risks

Date:October 19, 2017 Place:Chemnitz

Auf einer Veranstaltung des Verbands leitender Orthopäden und Unfallchirurgen e.V. (VLOU) Regionalverband Sachsen hält Stefanie Kolbe einen Vortrag zu dem Thema “Entlassmanagement – Chancen und Risiken” und gibt damit einen Überblick in den Status Quo sowie die aktuellen Entwicklungstendenzen.

What German clinics can learn from the Swiss Hirslanden Group

Date:12/10/2018 Place: Procurement Congress of the Hospitals, Berlin

Christian Engel (Senior Consultant gök Consulting) and Dr. Manuela Kaspar (Head of Procurement, Logistics and Pharmacy at the Hirslanden Clinic) will report at the 10th Hospitals Procurement Congress on the operational experience in preparing and carrying out the digital transformation within procurement and logistics using two Hirslanden hospitals.


“Open Heart Operation” – Establishment of the new Central Purchasing and Logistics division with conversion to IT-based processes and automation at Rostock University Medical Center

Date:06/18/2019 Place:med Logistica, Congress Center Leipzig

Ulrike Gies (project management logistics gök Consulting) and Britta Wark (business unit management central purchasing and logistics, deputy sales director UMR) present the organization of central purchasing and logistics including conversion to IT processes at the University Medical Center Rostock.

Hospital Management and Digital Transformation

Date: May 13, 2020 to May 14, 2020 – Event

In May 2020, the Congress “Hospital Management and Digital Transformation” of the Association of Hospital Directors of Germany will take place. The congress shows again this year, how modern IT improves the quality of health care and supports institutions in competition. IT-Companies, Service Providers as well as representatives from politics, science and administration meet in the context of varied networking Events. The Participants join the congress in order to inform themselves about developments in the industry, to exchange ideas and to learn from the experiences of others.

Gök Consulting will be there as an active part this year. Our Company is a known expert in the field, so we have been invited as a speaker and moderator.

Our managing directors, Dr. Stefan Drauschke and Dipl. Ing. Ulrich Pieper, are present at the congress on both days, 13 and 14 May 2020 (even it is probably just an online conference). Dr. Drauschke will moderate the workshop on the topic “Development and Status of Health Information Management in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium”. Mr. Ulrich Pieper gives a lecture on “Transforming Healthcare in disruptive times – strategic Health Information Management”.

The congress programme is available here as a pdf file for download (German-language):

Click here for the program


Berlin – Date: April 05, 2020 – Topic

GÖK Initiative for a riskmanagement-portal for hospitals in times of Corona

Now that the development of treatment capacities in the facilities, and in particular the increase in the approximately 25,000 ventilation places available in Germany to date, is in full swing and the supply of protective materials will hopefully soon return to normal, other at least equally important issues are coming to the fore. Three days ago, the German Coalition for Patient Safety (Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit (APS)) called on health care institutions to include clinical risk management specialists in the corona pandemic crisis teams. As a general aid, Aktionsbündnis Aktionsbündnis provides current tips from the perspective of patient safety on the corona crisis on their homepage.

The Berlin-based GÖK Consulting GmbH goes one step further. “As a specialist for crisis and risk management, it is our task to provide help quickly and unconventionally”. “The risks in the individual facilities are specific, says Dr. Drauschke, himself a doctor and managing director of the company. In the end, places where concretely avoidable risks for patients and staff in the institution can arise are of course only known to insiders. He also refers here to the statement of Dr. Ruth Hecker, the long-standing head of the Department of Clinical Risk Management at the University Hospital in Essen and chairwoman of the APS.

However, it is also true that a situation like COVID-19 is completely new for all those involved and can only be solved through joint efforts. Risk management is no exception. “And by this we certainly mean a comprehensive approach to solving the problem from within the community and with regard to all the risks of everyday hospital life in the context of the crisis,” says Ulrich Pieper. As the managing director of GÖK Consulting and a recognised expert in the field of digitalisation in the health care system, he launched this initiative. Our programmer resources focus on the implementation of a coordinated risk management Portal for hospitals, whose functions, structures and results can be shared across the individual institution. This, of course, only applies if we get enough support for this initiative from the market. We would be happy to bear the development costs of the project if the application were widely supported, says the engineer, and is now addressing the stakeholders of the health care system in Germany with the concrete offer.
In addition to the APS, we invite all committees and specialists from the field to participate in the development, adds Dr. Drauschke. All in all, the aim is to make a meaningful contribution to overcoming the crisis and to ensure that ideas are followed by action.

National DRG Forum 2019

Date:March 21, 2019 to March 22, 2019 Place: Berlin

gök Consulting visits the National DRG Forum again this year. In the Estrel Hotel in Berlin, decision-makers from the health sector, politics, business, associations and science discuss health-related developments and trends.