Life & Science

Connected Health

P11

New technologies are allowing new ways of approaching healthcare, of digitally relating patient and doctor, of providing tools for easiest and fastest online diagnosis. Some of these game changers compose this panel and give us valuable insights from different perspectives.

Daniel Bahr former health minister, pushed ahead many innovations and projects. Currently he is a Member of the Board at Allianz Health Insurance. Daniel is convinced that all those new technologies will be more cost effective than cost drivers: nowadays, the average visits of a German patient to the doctor is 17 times / year, which could be significantly reduced, specially for chronic diseases, which are affecting a 40% of the German population over 50 years old.

Simon Bolz is the Founder of Klara, a platform that connects you to your dermatologist through your phone, allowing you to just take a picture, send it to your doctor and get a really fast feedback from him. Klara provides an ongoing conversation but on the other hand, after a first visit to the doctor it is not always needed to come back for a follow up visit, a picture is enough and this results in less waiting time for other patients that really need a physical examination. So it is beneficial for both patient and doctor.

Florian Weiss, CEO of jameda lets us know how this internet site connects people to lists of doctors where you can get information, recommendation and directly get appointments with the chosen doctor. Providing information about each specialist helps the patients to find the perfect matching and empowers them bringing more equality to the patient-doctor relationship.

Meghan Conroy founded a company which offers a channel for sending photos and videos to the doctor. Captureproof could be really helpful in cases of epilepsia, the doctor would be able to see what is happening during a crisis instead of just having to rely on the partial story that the family of the patient can transmit, so the doctor is also more prepared for facing a particular case.

A big controversy related to all these platforms is the data security and privacy. Daniel Bahr thinks that the patient must always decide if his clinical information can be shared or not. Florian Weiss adds that, besides meeting the higher standards in privacy, people should be educated about the benefits of sharing their information to help others.

And what is the near future? A girl walking on the street with his father, who suddenly has a heart attack. Inmediately a drone coming and taking the man for treating him. That is how Meghan Conroy forecastes healthcare will hopefully be in 5-10 years from now.