Connected health solutions for improved healthcare
Deutsche Telekom helps shape the digital healthcare system with numerous pilot projects. The primary goal is to enable the fast, secure exchange of information between doctors, patients and health insurers.
Data collection at the patient's bedside
In 2015, Deutsche Telekom installed a digital information system with 200 iPad minis at Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Bonn hospital. Around 150 physicians and 450 nurses use the tablets when dealing with medical findings, diagnoses and X-ray images. They can access the information they need at all times and from anywhere within the hospital; they can even modify this data from the patient's bedside. There are also advantages for patients: digital documentation is more precise and there are no errors because, for instance, a doctor's handwriting is illegible. Doctors can also carry out online medicine safety checks on the tablets to exclude reactions to other medicines.
Smart home emergency call system
We presented a smart home emergency call system at the geriatric care trade fair in Hanover in 2016. The system works using sensors installed in the home, which are connected to the software of the emergency call system. The software is able to tell the difference between, say, a person bending down to pick something up and someone who has fallen and requires help. Upon identifying a real emergency situation, the system automatically uses a secure network to alert the control center staffed by an emergency home care service around the clock. The control center establishes contact with the resident via the hands-free function. The system also gives the staff an overview of the situation on-site by creating an image made impersonal and indistinct for reasons of data privacy. The smart home emergency call system has been available since 2016.
Entertain for Hospitals: entertainment and information for patients
With Entertain for Hospitals, hospitals can offer patients a comprehensive range of entertainment formats and information directly at their bedside. The vendor-independent solution can be integrated into the respective hospital information system. This allows patients to read the information brochures made accessible to them, see their appointments or order meals. Depending on the hospital's offer, patients can also watch TV programs in the time-shift mode, download series, movies and documentaries, surf the Internet, make phone calls and play games. Around 3,000 beds had already been equipped with Entertain for Hospitals throughout Germany by the end of 2015.
Role model project for comprehensive healthcare
We are building an open, accessible, interdisciplinary IT platform for medical care for people living in Eastern Saxony in cooperation with Carus Consilium Sachsen GmbH, a subsidiary of the Dresden University Hospital. The CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen project is expected to help guarantee comprehensive, local medical care in rural regions for patients in the comfort of their own homes. Cardiac patients, for example, can use their tablets to send their vital data to the Dresdner Herzzentrum cardiology center for review. The data is processed by "telenurses," specially trained care professionals who monitor vital signs and immediately inform a physician in case of any doubt.
The pilot phase was started in 2015 after two years of development work. Initial applications, such as at-home care for congestive heart failure patients and outpatient follow-up care for stroke patients, were launched in July 2015. Introducing CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen involved creating telemedicine workstations, providing patients with tablets and IP telephones and installing high-performing servers, scanners and a central database. This approach makes the project a role model throughout Europe. The EU and the Free State of Saxony support the project, for example, by funding it with almost EUR 10 million.