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T-Systems support critical healthcare – partners with Transnet Phelophepa Health Train

by david.nunes

Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 June, 2012

T-Systems support critical healthcare – partners with Transnet Phelophepa Health Train

Offers ICT equipment and support

Emphasises commitment to local communities and partners


As part of its commitment to socially conscious projects, T-Systems in South Africa has become an official supporter of the Transnet Phelophepa Health Train. The company has donated IT equipment and is also providing supporting services. The project, operated by the Transnet Foundation, has since its inception in 1994 provided local communities withcritical and medical services that aren’t readily attainable and available.

The Transnet Foundation has now launched a second train and T-Systems, corporate customer arm of Deutsche Telekom, have supplied the train with important ICT infrastructure such as a new file server, 20 wall mounted all-in-one PCs and a notebook for the train manager.  T-Systems is also responsible for support services (on the train) such as desktop support, mail provisioning, file server support and backup services

Furthermore, the company will sponsor an additional 10 notebooks as well as monthly IT support to the medical students working on the train that require facilities to write exams electronically.

Since its first journey almost 20 years ago, the Transnet Phelophepa Health Train has seen an average of 45 000 patients per year – treating over 600 000 patients; trained over 20 000 student doctors, pharmacists, nurses and benefited 5.4 million people through HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives.

The Transnet Phelophepa Health Train travels for 36 weeks of the year, using two different routes to reach remote areas of South Africa.

“It is a privilege to participate in this project that is providing critical healthcare to South Africans across the country.  We have a strong partnership with Transnet and through this project we can assist the foundation with is exceptional work,” comments Gert Schoonbee, Managing Director at T-Systems in South Africa.

The Transnet Phelophepa Health Train offers facilities to conduct general health, dental and eye checks and to dispense medicines fordiagnosed conditions. In addition it provides individual counseling sessions and group workshops to support those with psychological issues (such as stress and depression).

The train also houses a special coach where education on general health issues including nutrition, hygiene and dental health can beprovided to members of the visited local communities.

Deutsche Telekom is backing intelligent networks

Creating a network of doctors, hospitals, health insurance providers and other participants  helps the healthcare sector to improve its service and care whilst saving costs. The digitisation of administrative tasks also significantly reduces processing time.  For example, by using electronic cost estimates instead of handwritten ones, health insurance providers save considerable costs related toprocesses. Deutsche Telekom is continually expanding its activities in the healthcare sector and, to this end, launched the Healthcare strategic business area in 2010. The Group intends to generate additional revenue of EUR 1 billion by 2015 with intelligent networks in the healthcare, energy, automotive andmedia sectors. Deutsche Telekom is also focusing on issues such as the remote treatment of patients with devices that measure temperatures or blood glucose levels that can be integrated with smartphones, tablet PCs for doctors’ rounds in hospitals, hospital IT, assistance and emergency systems for the aged as well as electronic health cards.

About Deutsche Telekom


Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 129 million mobile customers, almost 34 million fixed-network lines and 17 million broadband lines (as of march 31, 2012). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 235,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).

About T-Systems

Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. T-Systems provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. The company’s some 48,200 employees combine industry expertise and ICT innovations to add significant value to customers’ core business all over the world.

T-Systems generated revenue of around EUR 9.2 billion in the 2011 financial year.

Since the inception of T-Systems in South Africa in 1997, the company has cemented its position as one of the most successful T-Systems companies outside of Europe. A leading ICToutsourcing service provider locally, T-Systems offers end-to-end ICT solutions in both the ICT Operations and Systems Integration markets. Their extensiveportfolio of services covers the vertical, horizontal, IT and TC space. T-Systems South Africa’s head office is located in Midrand with another major office in Cape Town, and 20 further representative offices in locations throughout southern Africa.

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