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Digitization and health

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Sarah’s (25) health has always been important to her. However, her new job leaves her little time for sports and healthy nutrition. That is why she downloaded a few health apps. With just a few clicks she can enter her data into these apps. This helps her keep track of her lifestyle even in stressful everyday life.

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Mike (42) lives in a small town. One morning he discovers a strange looking mole on his left upper arm. He would like to have it checked by a doctor, but the closest dermatologist is 40 kilometers away. That is why he visits Dr. Reichert's video consultation hour and uses a webcam to show him the suspicious mole.

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Michael (68) is on his way to the hospital. He is going to have a hip operation. What he finds there seems almost unthinkable: An operating room without a doctor. A robot that has been programmed especially for hip operations carries out his operation.

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ARYA

“ARYA” is an app used in the treatment of mental illness. Similar to a diary, patients record their daily mood there. But it has an advantage over the diary: The data is automatically transmitted to the therapist. In the near future, there will be a chat function in the app, which will make it possible to contact other patients. From time to time, the app will also be coming up with concrete suggestions that could help the patient in their current situation.

VIZWIZ

The “VizWiz” app gives blind and visually impaired people virtual sight. With “VizWiz”, situations or objects can be photographed and are then described by online users.

MYSKINPAL

Using the “MySkinPal” application, birthmarks can be observed over a longer period of time. It lets you track how they change over time. If you discover a conspicuous mole or birthmark, the app can send a photo of the affected area directly to a dermatologist near you.

DARM CHECK

The “Darm Check” app from the umbrella organization of the Swiss Patients' Association helps decide whether or not a colonoscopy is necessary. It determines your own risk of developing colon cancer. Users also receive information on all aspects of intestinal health and preventive measures.

KEEP IT DOWN, PLEASE: THE NOISE APP

The noise app from the German professional association of ear, nose and throat physicians checks how loud it is in your environment. It determines whether the existing noise level can be harmful to your health. So maybe earplugs are not such a bad idea for the next concert...

HELP FOR ALLERGY SUFFERS

Your eyes burn and your nose is runny. The pollen season affects many people every year. The pollen app informs users about the current exposure to certain pollen at their location. In addition, the application offers a pollen count preview for a period of several days.

EMERGENCY APP FROM THE GERMAN RED CROSS

Do you remember your last first aid course? This app helps you act correctly in an emergency. Step-by-step instructions in speech, text and graphics show which measures must be taken in the event of for example, an accident. In addition, the location of the accident can be entered and an emergency call can be made directly.

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Do you know a doctor whose office is open 24 hours a day? Surely you have been to see him before: We are talking about Dr. Google. Millions of people trust him with their symptoms. Try to guess which symptoms people google the most. 

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MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE MASTER DATA

With his health insurance master data, Mr. Wagner proves that he is currently insured. The master data includes, among other things, the insured person’s name, date of birth, address, insurance status and health insurance number. A physician can also use the data to bill the patient for his or her services.

VOLUNTARY EMERGENCY DATA

The voluntary emergency data record contains all the data doctors need in the case of an emergency. This includes information about chronic illnesses, necessary medication and patient allergies. Personal declarations, such as living wills, can also be stored there. The emergency data record can be used to help Mr. Wagner directly. In the event of an emergency, doctors do not require his direct consent.

VOLUNTARY MEDICATION PLAN

The voluntary medication plan of Mr. Wagner helps doctors with further medical treatment. The plan offers physicians an overview of already prescribed medications. In addition, it helps to prevent side effects and any prescription that could harm the patients’ health.

VOLUNTARY PATIENT FILE

The voluntary patient file facilitates the exchange between different specialists. They put everyone on the same level. The exchange of information with letters is no longer necessary.

CONSENT

Mr. Wagner always has the control over his health data. All of his visits to the doctor are saved on the card. A PIN protects his data from being misused.

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This is where your digital health trip ends. In this module you learned a lot about the digitization of the health care system. Even if the gadgets and applications presented here cannot replace a visit to the doctor - they can help you get fit and become healthier in your everyday life. With that in mind: Stay healthy!

You can download further information here!

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