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Getting healthier with apps on prescription

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Since 2019, Patients in Germany can be reimbursed by statutory health insurance for using certain medical apps, if a physician prescribes the use of an app. This is a big improvement for the healthcare system, as these apps enable better care and lower costs. Read in our current Topic of the Month what is important here and how admission of an app works.

Enjoy reading,

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Digital healthcare
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Digital healthcare: Treating patients at home

Topic of the Month

Image: a person holding a smartphone with both hands, a healthcare app is opened; Copyright: PantherMedia/Andriy Popov
Digital health apps (DiGA) are increasingly becoming part of patients' everyday lives. Since the "apps on prescription" are thoroughly tested by the BfArM before approval, they are currently only tailored to individual diseases. In this Topic of the Month, we take a look at the place DiGAs already occupy in healthcare today and how they will continue to develop in the future.
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3-D 'bioprinting' to create nose cartilage

Electromedicine, Medical Technology, Research & Technology

A team of University of Alberta researchers has discovered a way to use 3-D bioprinting technology to create custom-shaped cartilage for use in surgical procedures. The work aims to make it easier for surgeons to safely restore the features of skin cancer patients living with nasal cartilage defects after surgery.
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A sweet solution to hard brain implants

Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Brain implants are used to treat neurological dysfunction, and their use for enhancing cognitive abilities is a promising field of research. Implants can be used to monitor brain activity or stimulate parts of the brain using electrical pulses. In epilepsy, for example, brain implants can determine where in the brain seizures are happening.
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Disinfection robot: Value created by linking up to building data

Information and Communication Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology, Research & Technology

The disinfection robot BALTO is capable of disinfecting doorknobs and similar objects. It does this autonomously, reacting to human beings in the surrounding area at the same time. An interface with the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process makes this possible.
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System to deliver glue for sealing defects in broken blood vessels

Electromedicine, Medical Technology, Research & Technology, Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica

A team of researchers led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has developed a device that offers a quicker and less invasive way to seal tears and holes in blood vessels, using an electrically-activated glue patch applied via a minimally invasive balloon catheter.
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Seconds save lives – clean your hands! - World Hand Hygiene Day 2021

Commodities and Consumer Goods, Public Health & Associations

In the spring of 2020, the onset of the Corona pandemic brought the importance of clean hands to the public's attention. Washing hands with soap for 30 seconds was one of the first precautions advised against the virus. But even without Corona, clean hands save lives, especially in healthcare settings.
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World Asthma Day 2021

Electromedicine, Medical Technology, Public Health & Associations

The chest constricts, breathing becomes difficult: a familiar feeling for asthmatics. As early as 1998, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) launched World Asthma Day to inform people about this chronic lung disease.
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'Breakthrough' cases suggest COVID testing may be here to stay

Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Public Health & Associations

In rare cases, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID and are immune to the virus can nevertheless develop the disease. New findings from The Rockefeller University now suggest that these so-called breakthrough cases may be driven by rapid evolution of the virus, and that ongoing testing of immunized individuals will be important to help mitigate future outbreaks.
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Pain assessment tool for social care setting

Information and Communication Technology, Economy & Markets

Social care professionals working in residential care and nursing homes can now use an AI-powered pain assessment tool to assess and score pain in residents whether they are able or unable to self-report their pain.
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