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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Digitalization and health – a joint project with health insurer BARMER

Digitalization and the associated changes in the working world can cause physical and mental stress for employees. At the same time, however, digital innovations can also motivate employees to do more for their health, as confirmed by a study from the University of St. Gallen. In 2017, we therefore launched a model project “Digitalization and Health” together with health insurer BARMER. With scientific support from the University of St. Gallen and the University of Cologne, among others, we are working on solutions to improve the health, motivation and performance of employees and managers in the context of digitalization. Deutsche Telekom is thus the first company to systematically tackle this range of topics together with a health insurer, in this case, BARMER. Over a period of three years, we will develop and evaluate different innovative apps, solutions and measures that will undergo intensive field testing by Deutsche Telekom employees. In 2018, for example, the stress management and stress prevention app “Kelaa Mental Resilience”, available free of charge in the App img Store, was tested as part of an EU-funded study. At the end of 2018, we also conducted a pilot project to test the “M-Sense” app for headache prevention. The app can be used to analyze individual causes of headaches and draw up a specific treatment plan. A coaching platform from healthcare provider Arvato was also field tested for suitability together with the Preventiometer 2018. The Preventiometer is a device containing extensive biomedical data for the test person. The platform supports users as needed in choosing the right health measures. The results of the trial phases will be used to decide whether and how the respective offers will be implemented at Deutsche Telekom in the future.