Germany's largest telemedicine project goes online

07/06/2015
Photo: Patient and the Saxony's minister of health

The patient Lothar Engel discovers the new telemedic technique with secretary Barbara Klepsch; © Michael H. Ebner

One of Germany's largest telemedicine undertakings has officially started its pilot run in Dresden on July 1. On the occasion of the kick-off of the innovative, open telemedicine service "CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen", Saxony's minister of health, Barbara Klepsch (CDU), symbolically handed over a specially equipped tablet computer for aftercare at home to a patient of the Dresden Cardiology Centre at the Centre.

One of Germany's largest telemedicine undertakings has officially started its pilot run in Dresden on July 1. On the occasion of the kick-off of the innovative, open telemedicine service "CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen", Saxony's minister of health, Barbara Klepsch (CDU), symbolically handed over a specially equipped tablet computer for aftercare at home to a patient of the Dresden Cardiology Centre at the Centre.

People who have suffered a stroke and are seamlessly cared for at home after their acute clinical treatment. Cardiac patients sending their health data to the Dresden Cardiology Centre for monitoring every day from their tablet.

Telenurses who monitor the vital data daily and immediately involve physicians in case of doubt. Pathologists who analyse digitally captured tissue samples and consult a council of other specialists: these and many other opportunities are provided by the new telemedicine platform "CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen".

The European pilot scheme offers a broad range of possibilities in networked medical care and is intended to help overcome former limitations in healthcare. To do this, the project makes an open and universally applicable IT platform available for the healthcare of an entire region - in Eastern Saxony and beyond.

Thanks to "CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen" clinics, physicians, nurses, other medical service providers and patients at home are connected by means of own, secure data networks. The patients can meanwhile also play an active part and communicate with hospital personnel in real time.

After two years of development, the first sample applications have now gone into pilot operation, including at-home care for cardiac insufficiency patients and outpatient aftercare for strokes. First "telenurses" and case managers have been trained for the pilot operation, and suitable patients integrated in the project.

The cooperation of various clinics in the joint diagnosis of pathological tissues is also made a great deal easier. High-resolution images of tissue samples, for example, can be exchanged in an encrypted form using secure data routes, and discussed by experts in video conferences.

The development of the "CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen" system has for example included the establishment of telemedicine workplaces, procurement of tablets and IP phones for patients, and the installation of high-quality servers, scanners and a central data base. Responsibility for "CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen" is shared by the project sponsor Carus Consilium Sachsen GmbH, a subsidiary of Dresden's university clinic, and the Telekom-subsidiary T-Systems International.

The parties involved in this first implementation stage include the Dresden Cardiology Centre, Dresden University Clinic, Leipzig University Clinic, the Saxon Hospital in Arnsdorf, and the Klinikum Oberlausitzer Bergland in Zittau. But this is only the beginning. "CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen is a solution for everyone. It is not limited to individual medical fields or regions, but can be expanded to include virtually all areas of healthcare", emphasized Prof. Michael Albrecht, medical director of Dresden University Clinic. "It is designed to ensure high-quality, fast and nearby medical care for the population, and to prevent imbalances between the care available at urban centres and in rural areas".

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