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German Market News September 2016 - German Healthcare News in English

GTMHC publishes a German Healthcare market newsletter in English:

What is the German Medtech Industry thinking about the Brexit? What is going on in Medical Technology and Health IT? How far is Germany in digitalizing healthcare? This newsletter gives a short English overview on recent news and ongoing discussions and is published every second month.

There are almost no news in English available about the German healthcare market. Therefore we thought an English news overview would be a good idea. How do you think? We would really like to hear your thoughts.

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Newsletter III/2016:



Ban Of Remote Treatment Totters

Remote treatment is banned in Germany due to a telemedicine law from the 1970th and the Medical Association’s professional code of conduct. As reported in the second GTMHC Content Newsletter, the discussion about the ban is ongoing and converse. Recently the Physician Association in Baden-Württemberg softened the prohibition. The association is enabled to give its permission for trail projects in innovative telemedical patient-centered care. The novelty includes treatment exclusively via ICT without personal physician-patient contact, but only in trail projects, especially research projects – permission of the Association in advance and evaluation afterwards required.

Published: 23/08/2016

Source: HCM


Digital Health

Charité Cares For Patients Via App

The university hospital Charité Berlin provides its kidney transplantation patients with a mobile app. The app is part of a research project with 100 participants and will become a regular part of the transplantation aftercare. The “My Therapy” app from Smartpatient GmbH reminds patients to take their medication and records vital data such as body weight and blood pressure. The trail will be evaluated after six months in use. The aim is to improve the adherence of the transplanted organ. Most problems with transplantation are due to immune reaction and occur if patients do not take their medication regularly. Results will be published at the Nephrologist Congress in September 2017.

Published: 01/09/2016

Source: eHealthCom


AGAPLESION Is Digital Health Startup Sponsor

One of Germany’s biggest charitable healthcare trust AGAPLESION, is start-up partner at the Flying Health Incubator in Berlin. As a part of its digital health strategy, AGAPLESION offers two sponsorships for two years to digital health founders. AGAPLESION is also rolling-out its mobile digital patient record until 2017. With more than 20 innovation supporting projects, AGAPLESION won the “Innovator of the Year 2016” Award by Brand Eins magazine.

Published: 10/08/2016

Source: KH-IT


BMBF Funds Surgical Training System: OTH Regensburg Receives 375.000 Euro

The haptic-visual trainings system for surgeries on complex bone structures “HaptiVisT” at the OTH hospital Regensburg is funded with 375,000 Euro by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as a sub-project. “HaptiVisT” is a close-to-reality “Serious Game” to train surgical skills to avoid injury on sensitive neural and vascular structures. The “HaptiVisT” target is to reduce specialists’ shortage by also enabling smaller hospitals in rural areas to train surgeons in minimal-invasive surgery.

Published: 11/08/2016

Source: DeviceMed 


Medical Technology

Medtech Thievery Increasing

Medical technology is increasingly becoming a lucrative target for theft. Thieves are coming at nightshift, braking in the operation room and stealing medtech, mainly endoscopes, worth some hundred thousands of euros in just one night. Endoscopes are small, easily fitting in a duffle bag by dozen. The thieves are professional and obviously organized. Assumedly the devices are been stolen on order. In the past one gang has been arrested which had stolen endoscopes to be exported to Latin-America.

During the last two years, in more than 50 cases country-wide, thieves stolen medtech worth 11.5 million Euro. It is challenging to make hospitals thief-proof. Hospitals need to have open doors for patients and relatives. To prevent thievery, awareness and observation of sensible areas must be improved, by sensitizing the staff and installing CCTV, motion detectors and alarm systems.

Published: 12/08/2016

Source: kma-online



First Comprehensive Germany-Wide Mobile Emergency Call System

Emergency call without a long way round: With only one-touch, the emergency call system Charisma Lifeguard alerts the nation-wide Johanniter rescue service. No unlocking the smartphone, searching for the right app or typing numbers necessary: With one 3-sec-touch at the smartphone display, Charisma connects the user to the Johanniter rescue call center via hands-free call, even if the smartphone screen is looked. GPS-Localization inclusive.

Additionally, the Carisma Lifguard app can transfer emergency data such as the user’s identity, relevant health conditions or even vital data, if connected with wearables or smartwatches. The app is currently available for Android smartphones.

Published: 11/08/2016

Source: DeviceMed 


IT Meets Industry – New Industry 4.0. News Platform Launched

The “Industry of Things” is the first German-speaking news platform bringing together all expert groups around digitalization in industry and IT. Also to Medtech developers the topic is increasingly important. The platform is targeting experts, developers and users in the areas of technology development, implementation and use. It aims to collect and discuss experience and opinions. Experts can publish articles and posts under their personal account. The platform is divided in five rubrics: IoT-Praxis, IoT-Technology, IoT-Security, Industry 4.0 & IIC and IoT Scene.

Published: 29/07/2016

Source: DeviceMed


Healthcare Economy 

Investment Gap vs. Fast Track

The financial institute HSH Nordbank has recently published a new healthcare market study. Healthcare is with about 12% of the GDP one of the biggest industries in Germany. The report is looking at sub-markets such as hospitals, elderly care, Medtech, pharma and assurances. Those sub-markets are fairly different: Hospitals are facing a huge and growing investment gap at est. 12 million Euro, care providers are under pressure to merger, care provision is changing, pharma industry is growing and medtech is increasingly trading abroad. The export market is growing.

Main challenges in the healthcare industry is the shortage of qualified staff and the high costs of healthcare. The average healthcare costs of a 45-years old German is about 1,450 Euro p.a., a 65-85-years old costs about 6,000 Euro p.a. – and an infirm elderly more than 14,000 Euro p.a.

Published: 26/07/2016

Source: hcm-magazin 


Less Beds, More Patients

New numbers published. The Federal Statistical Office published the 2015 healthcare statistics: 19,2 million people received in-patient treatment in German hospitals in 2015.The number of treatment cases slightly increased by 0.02%, while the number of hospitals and hospital beds decreased. 1,953 hospitals provided 498,000 beds, therewith 2,700 beds less than in 2014. The average length of stay in hospitals remain stable with 7.4 days. The same trend was been seen at rehabilitation clinics. The number of medical- and nonmedical staff increased.

Published: 18/08/2016

Source: hcm-magazin




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