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By  Anna Engberg 09:29 am March 26, 2021
In Germany, the public health insurers are in charge of the ePatient record (ePA) app delivery. MobiHealthNews asked Sandra Hoyer, ePA project manager at one of Germany’s main insurers, Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), how the implementation works - and how it has been used so far. Q. The payers are responsible for providing the national ePA in Germany. How does that work? At the moment we provide...
DiGA
By  Anna Engberg 11:41 am March 18, 2021
A recent document released by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has revealed that despite the invalidated Privacy Shield there are exemptions in place for Germany to allow data storage from digital health applications, so-called DiGAs, in European and even US clouds under specific terms. MobiHealthNews has looked into what it means for DiGA developers and startups...
DiGA, health apps, mental health
By  Anna Engberg 08:10 am March 5, 2021
Germany is the first country in the world to prescribe digital apps – DiGAs, as the Germans call them, and reimburse them through the statutory health system as reported in Healthcare IT News. To drive innovation and speed up the regulatory process around those digital health applications, Germany has introduced a 'Fast Track' for approval, testing, piloting and evaluation of these apps – which...

Basic heart monitoring on mobile devices is developing into better telemonitoring programs for LVAD patients.

By  Anna Engberg 02:59 pm October 2, 2018
Heart failure is a major public health problem. For terminal heart failure the treatment of choice used to be heart transplantation during the last three decades. But this is changing, largely due to a decreasing supply of donor organs: “The alternative therapy nowadays is the implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD),” states Prof Dr Nils Reiss, Head of Clinical Research at...