01.04.2019, Hannover Exposition – „Digital health care in practical tests“

On the occasion of the cooperation of the projects DACE and HLaN, which are part of the Smart Service Worlds II program, the two project managers Prof. Dr. Thomas Zahn and Martin Högl answered questions at the BMWi booth at the Hanover Exposition during a panel discussion on the topic of “Digitization in Healthcare – Practical Test”. The two projects play a central role in practical digital health care. While HLaN focuses on the involvement of new entrants to the digital healthcare market, DACE provides a central and easily accessible platform for networked, interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation between healthcare providers. Both projects provide easy access to digital health services, break down barriers and build confidence in digital health care.

Trust is the basis for good health care. Good communication creates trust. Therefore, trustworthy communication will play a central role in digital health care. This is what DACE in particular is aiming at. There is no well-founded legal situation regarding liability issues regarding the use of digital solutions for health care yet. However, it has been established that insurers of general practitioners include the use of digital solutions in their insurance policies. The reputation of the parties involved in the solution, such as the health insurance companies in the case of HLaN or the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin in the case of DACE, are particularly important for the acceptance of digital health care.

Privately organized solutions create meaningful competition and accelerate solutions. They are thus an important driver for solutions found by health care institutions, which can thus provide more focused services in the future.

One of the currently highly-valued innovations in digital health care is artificial intelligence (AI). Platforms and digital decisions are a prerequisite for the meaningful use of AI. Ultimately, the application of AI will depend on whether AI changes from a provider-driven business model to a user-driven business model.

Digital care simplifies many things, but does not replace the physician with his empathy and expertise. The question “How does the patient get digitally healthy?” was answered with a “…with a good doctor…”. This will also remain the case in digital health care.

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