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GTMHC Market Newsletter I/2017

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Newsletter I/2017:


Medical Technology


Germany Invests In Future


Regarding to a recent OECD study, Germany is among the five countries investing most in research and development around the world, behind Korea, Switzerland and Portugal. In 2015, the R&D investments reached 3% of GDP for the first time. The same trend can be found in a survey by ZEW (Centre for European Economic Research). Deficits are found in funding start-ups. Although more money is spend in innovation, less companies are active innovators.


Published: 12/01/2017
Source: Medizintechnologie, OECD 




Orthopedics 4.0: New Competence Center


Scientists in engineering from the University of Applied Sciences and scientists in medicine of the Orthopedy University Magdeburg are collaborating in research on implants and prosthesis at the new Competence Center Orthopedics 4.0 in Magdeburg. The vision are hypoallergenic, antibacterial and nonexpendable orthotics. Saxony-Anhalt invests 1.2 Mio Euro in the new institute.


Published: 13/01/2017
Source: Medizintechnologie



Endoscopes Worth 280,000 Euro Stolen


During New Year’s weekend, medical technology worth 280,000 Euro has been stolen in a hospital in Wurzburg. Thieves broke the locked endoscope cabinet.


Published: 05/01/2017
Source: Kma-online


It was been reported in summer 2016, that thievery of medical technology in hospital increases, with more than 56 cases since 2014. Suspects are organized criminals, stealing on demand from South America or Eastern Europe. Hospitals need to increase thievery protection measures. (See our 4th newsletter September 2016). One of our readers suggested hospitals should add access control to those areas and pay more attention on who is authorized being there and who not. Also the ordinary locks on cabinets and doors are often not protective enough. Thank you for your contribution and please feel warmly invited to leave you comments.




Health IT


New Health IT-Standards Head Organization Planned


HL7 and IHE Germany are planning to launch a new “Head Organization IT-Standards in German Healthcare”. Goal is a stonger cooperation between the standardizing organizations HL7 and IHE. The head organization will become a central point of contact and communicator with politics and public. HL7 and IHE aim to promote information technology standards in German healthcare.



Published: 12/12/2016
Source: E Health Com



Hospital Management: Lack In Know-How On Medicine 4.0


Only one out of ten healthcare managers rates themselves as “very good” in digital knowledge. However, four out of ten rates themselves as “good”. One half of all quested health and social care institution managers ranked themselves with “satisfactory” to “insufficient”.


HR consulting company Rochus Mummert Healthcare Consulting conducted its survey “Digitalization in Healthcare” with 380 managers in hospitals and elderly care. The survey referred to the German school grading system 1=very good (A+) to 6=insufficient/fail (F). Detailed results were not been published.


Published: 11/01/2017
Source: kma-online




Digital Health


Digital Health Projects Fund By Innovation Fund


More than one third of Innovation Fund financed projects are projects in telemedicine, telematics or e-health. Within the area “research”, the fund supports 29 projects with € 75 million. Six projects are digital health projects: - follow-up telecare of kidney transplantation patients in Hannover, - follow-up telecare of ICU patients in Berlin, - tele-dermatology project in Tübingen, - a tele-medical rescue project in Baveria, - chronical back pain patients care in Munich and - an intersectoral telemedicine project in Aachen. Financed projects are supposed to become part of SHI-financed healthcare.


The Innovation Fund, implemented in 2016, allocates € 300 million per year until 2019. 700 proposals, worth € 1.7 bn, has been filed. 91 projects receive grants from the first round of the fund.


Published: 14/12/2016
Source: E Health Com, GTMHC Market Report



Future Of Health Apps


The health app market is nebulous. Health Apps have the potential to change and improve healthcare. However, regarding the survey CARISHMA, most health apps are non-compliant and non-reliable. Health apps deliver wrong data, wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment-suggestions, false alarm or even dangerous medication doses. They lack of clinical evidence, interoperability and data security.


All those problems and the potentials leads to different approaches. First of all, health apps needs do become reliable, which basically means certified medical devices with the necessary medical evidence and data security. Some initiatives follow this approach, like the CHARISMA survey, the App-Check initiative, E-Privacy and the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). Also first hospitals offer integrated and reliable apps to patients, like the Helios Hospital Chain or University Hospital Heidelberg.


Published: 01/01/2017
Source: kma-online



Practitioners Increasingly Open To Video Consultation


Almost one half of German practitioners like the idea to offer video consulting, especially to patients with restricted mobility or who are living in a longer distance to the practice. 53% of German practitioners are against video consultations, regarding the most recent survey by Stiftung Gesundheit. The “foundation for health” is observing the healthcare market in its survey series “Physicians in the future market health”.


Published: 16/01/2017
Source: E Health Com



Video Consultation: Jameda (Burda) takes over Patientus


Jameda (a Burda company) toke over the video consultation platform Patientus. Jameda plans to integrate video consultation on its patient portal. For the moment, Jameda provides suggestions and ratings on physicians as well as doctors’ appointment scheduling. In July, video consultation will become reimbursable within the German statutory healthcare system.


Published: 10/01/2017
Source: Healthcare Marketing


Thieme Invests in E-Health-Plattform LifeTime


The healthcare publisher Thieme („kma“, „Das Gesundheitswesen“, various professional magazines) invests in LifeTime. LifeTime includes an encrypted patient app, including a personal electronical patient record and enables patients to collect and share their personal health data with doctors and healthcare providers of their choice. LifeTime is not using cloud services and safes all information at the patient device. LifeTime supporting physicians can share and access medical documents at the patients personal records.


Published: 09/01/2017
Source: Healthcare Marketing



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Healthcare Market


Legislative Amendments In 2017


Some new laws are becoming active in health and social care in 2017. Within the social care area, changes are coming with the second and third Act to Strengthen Long-term Care. A new system on need-related care degrees became active on 1. January and therefore care benefits assessment and payment change, as well as the organization on care consultancy. To finance this, contribution rates increase. Also psychological care reimbursement changes.


Prescriptive-only medications can only be delivered after verification on direct patient-doctor contact in order to reduce medication abuse. This novel has been criticized to hinder access to medication and to be escapist. The law also hinders tele-order of prescriptive-only medications.


Published: 04/01/2017
Source: Healthcare Marketing



Baden-Württemberg: Closing Hospitals Necessary


Manfred Lucha, Social Minister Baden-Württemberg, foresees fusions and closing of every fifth hospital in his region. The number of hospitals should go down from currently 250 to about 200 in order to reduce oversupply and to bundle competences and resources. The biggest statutory health insurance of the Region, AOK Baden-Württemberg supports Luchas’ statement. Luchas follows the advice of the scientists of the National Academy of Science. The Academy stated in October last year, mega hospitals would be the future to build a high-efficient healthcare system. Therefore 1300 out of 1600 German hospitals are unnecessary.


Published: 03.01.2017
Source: kma-online



Berlin: Investment In Hospitals


Dilek Kolat, Berlin Senator of Health, demands increasing salary for physicians in public health services. Additionally, Kolat claims that hospitals are in need of higher investment - besides kindergartens and schools. The senator wants to link investments with improvements in quality and health care provision. 


Published: 03.01.2017
Source: kma-online



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