Whether health app or digital patient file, from telemedicine to wearables to artificial intelligence – digital health otherwise called e-health will determine the medicine of the future. This evolutionary combination of medical knowledge and IT solutions is already helping to improve people’s health.
Today, millions of pieces of patient information such as blood values, medication plans and brain scans are stored daily in the databases of medical practices and clinics. Digitization leads to gigantic amounts of data. The most important thing here is not only to collect the data, but also to make optimum use of it. Big data in medicine is therefore indispensable: Only in this way can research, hospital management, industry and, ultimately, patients derive optimum benefit from it.
Digitalization is changing the healthcare system with the aim of providing patients with modern, patient-friendly care. Telemedicine is also playing an increasingly important role. The competence center for telemedicine and e-health in Central Hessen, Germany, is helping to advance digitization in the healthcare sector. Above all, the focus is on cross-sector electronic communication, new and demand-oriented forms of care and demand-oriented supply chains. The aim is to improve networking between doctors and doctor networks, hospitals, health insurance companies, pharmacies and medical supply stores, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and rescue services.
And especially in rural areas, telemedicine could be an indispensable component of patient care in the future. This is because a shortage of doctors hits rural areas particularly hard – such as in the Central Hessen region of Germany. The Lahn-Dill Rural Physician Network is therefore breaking new ground in securing medical care by general practitioners and is building a network for successful mediation between doctors and practices.
Digitalization has also opened up completely new dimensions in the operating room: Here, robots make high-precision cuts with the scalpel and also hold a 3D camera for optimal data transmission. And even in the care sector, these electronic helpers are already established worldwide: They are supporting patients with dementia or making physically strenuous work easier for caregivers.
At the same time, Innovative Virtual Reality applications are already revolutionizing the training of medical professionals. This enables doctors to train new treatment techniques on virtual patients and prepare themselves for surgical interventions: From dental surgery to organ transplantation, medical students learn about extremely risky scenarios in advance – and with VR glasses as a “doctor-apprentice,” these trainee doctors can even practice delicate procedures from their desks at home.
The demographic changes in industrial nations means that people are making increasing use of care services and aids. When choosing a lift, rollator (wheeled walker) or care bed, quality and service are decisive factors for purchase. 1ACare, a start-up from Giessen, Germany, wants to ensure these features. With an intelligent, digital marketplace solution, the young company is helping to make the digital procurement of nursing aids and services efficient and transparent.
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More people and families are looking for personal care services and health aids. However, the search process means they lose a lot of valuable time – which they could use instead for persons who need care. A company based in Central Hessen, Germany, wants to change this.