healthbank: A Completely Open Ecosystem

Here at healthbank, when we say we have a platform for exchanging health data by bringing together different stakeholders in the health ecosystem, we really mean a completely open ecosystem.

In order to achieve the greatest possible benefit for patients and users, we need participation from interested parties in many different areas of the healthcare system. Some of these parties offer things such as:

  • Services from mHealth apps providers, hospitals or laboratory analyses.
  • Products, e.g. from the medical technology sector or sensor manufacturers.
  • Content or information services such as universities or library databases.
  • Analysis services of pharmaceutical companies or researchers, etc.

We believe that when we connect all these sources, we create the foundation for true innovation.

Our vision is guided by the following two basic principles:

  1. We believe in competition between service applications and would never prohibit service or product providers who wish to offer a similar service on our platform. Why do we believe this? Because competition gives the user the choice. Choosing, in turn, allows the user to benefit from the solution that best suits them. Thus, we enable a diverse and innovative open ecosystem which offers the greatest benefits for users and business partners to get the best possible solutions.
  2. We also believe in a trusted multi-source data management system that allows the building of patient information from the practice – but only if the user agrees.

The following are a few examples of our trusted partners:

For ecosystem partners, healthbank offers a secure, neutral and independent data backend as well as data management services. One application that simply describes this functionality is ReHaptix. ReHaptix develops and markets software for monitoring the rehabilitation of patients with motor disabilities, e.g. due to a neurological injury such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. The focus of Rehaptix is on the development of a first-class medical solution for the rehabilitation of patients. Their interest is NOT in handling the long-term storage of patient data. This is where healthbank comes in. If the patient desires, their health data can be transferred from the ReHaptix system to their healthbank account. From there, users can access their test results, gain insights from the analytics and easily share their information with their physicians, relatives, or others whom they choose.

Sanovation develops innovative health applications in the field of pain management (tracking, prevention and healing). Two of its most successful applications are “Catch My Pain” and “Pain Companion.”

Galenica is the largest pharmaceutical logistics company in Switzerland and owns the “Amavita” pharmacy group and other healthcare service providers. With Galenica, healthbank has developed a drug plan module that shows, at a glance, which drugs a patient is receiving, which side effects occur, and which interactions are possible. In addition, this also serves as a library about the patient’s medication, such as information on when to take the medicine or the color of the pill, etc. The information can also be accessed via the Internet.

All these examples together form a spectacular new story. Sanovation already has an integrated pill reminder function with its medication intake, which is very often targeted at chronic pain, and monitored in its apps. This pill reminder is now automatically configured with the contents of the actual medication – from the Galenica medication plan. The patient can improve his medication compliance and, in parallel, generate correlation data that is not only important for the patient and the attending physician, but also has a major impact on the research and additional functionalities that healthbank will develop.

In order to better describe the benefits of healthbank for users and ecosystem partners, we like to use the metaphor of a smartphone: healthbank provides the operating system of the smartphone, while the ecosystem partners provide the actual functionalities and value-added services – like the apps on the phone.


Author: Roger Huber

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