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Doctors hope to see more e-health offerings

According to a study carried out by German statutory health insurance provider DAK-Gesundheit, physicians primarily consider digital solutions for patient care to be positive.

20 Feb. 2018 Dirk Bongardt
Source: iStock/DAK-Gesundheit
Source: iStock/DAK-Gesundheit

Together with Ärzte Zeitung newspaper, the Hartmannbund association, EPatient RSD GmbH and doctor network, DAK-Gesundheit surveyed 1147 physicians across Germany regarding digital solutions in healthcare. According to the survey, a significant majority considers video visiting hours and online coaching as useful options, not least to compensate for bottlenecks in care in rural regions. Three quarters of respondents see digital technologies as an opportunity for more efficient operations. Eighty-five percent are also confident that new medical insights and guidelines will spread faster as a result. Nearly 90% believe that scientific studies could be performed faster using digital methods.

CeBIT 2018 will once again place a major focus on digital health: As part of the d!talk healthcare conference on June 13 , experts will discuss the effects of digitization on patients and doctors, as well as the healthcare system overall. Both patients and doctors see data privacy as one of the greatest challenges. There may also be other reasons that digital patient files have not been that popular so far: Only half of physicians surveyed in the cited study had never even heard of them.