Technology Awards 2022

5 GHP Technology Awards 2022 Headquartered in Dossenheim near Heidelberg, Germany, with offices in Frankfurt and Ismaning, NEXUS / CHILI GmbH develops innovative software solutions for multimedia image management in medicine. EXUS / CHILI has three roots. Its RIS roots go back to the former companies, MEDOS and Inovit, both of which were established in the 1980s, while the PACS and telemedicine root, CHILI was created in 1997 as a spin-off from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The current company, NEXUS / CHILI has been formed from these roots under the umbrella of NEXUS AG, in Donaueschingen, Germany. Despite being in an entity that belongs to NEXUS AG which has over 1,500 employees in around 20 companies across Europe, NEXUS / CHILI prides itself on having managed to maintain the culture of a start-up, even with having 100 employees of its own. These employees come from different study areas, mostly from the field of medical IT, meaning they bring a lot of expertise and versatile skills to the table. Being located in southwest Germany, NEXUS / CHILI benefits from being surrounded by several universities and research facilities, meaning great access to highly qualified personnel who can influence the research into its products. In their work, the NEXUS / CHILI team pay close attention to changing market demands or political subjects, such as the Hospital Future Act (KHZG) or the growing role of Patient Empowerment. This has enabled them to develop a variety of portal solutions such as NEXUS / PORTAL, CHILI Patient Portal, CHILI Teleradiology Portal, and CHILI Upload Portal. These are designed to accompany patients before, during, and after treatment, so that all kinds of data can be digitally made available to patients, hospitals, referring physicians, or post-treatment institutions at any time of the treatment process. These solutions cover RIS, PACS, and portals for teleradiology as well as telemedicine, and they have been on the market since 1982, catering to mostly clinics and hospitals of all sizes, including large university medical centres (teaching hospitals), as well as radiology departments and doctors practices. NEXUS / CHILI’s focus is to enable medical institutions to work most efficiently using its solutions that manage and optimise their entire medical workflow. They are tailored to meet individual needs, enabling the transfer of research results by working with the likes of DKFZ, and by continuing to pay close attention to the changing demands of the market. Founding Managing Partner of NEXUS / CHILI, Dr Uwe Engelmann tells us, “The foundation of the CHILI software was based on the observation that hospitals needed a faster and more practical way to store, archive and share medical images and documents that at the same time had to ensure data privacy.” The company’s software is classed as “medical software” in the meaning of the European Medical Devices Regulation MDR (EU 2017/745). It established a Quality Management System according to ISO 13485, and many SOPs to ensure the quality of the software, including documentation, nightly builds, and tests of the latest software. Ultimately, the team continue to work closely together and help each other in difficult times, such as during the pandemic. While that period may have been a challenge, the company did see the unexpected opportunity of telemedicine becoming more important and helping to manage the pandemic, for example, the portal was used for the delivery of COVID tests. Now, NEXUS / CHILI is showing no signs of stopping with its upcoming focus being on portals and integration of AI into its software and further supporting the digital diagnostics process. Company: NEXUS / CHILI GmbH Contact: Dr Uwe Engelmann Email: [email protected] Website: N Oct22622 Best Image & Radiology Processing Solutions Company 2022