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Digital health to be major focus at virtual.MEDICA

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | October 20, 2020 Business Affairs

COVID-19 – Redefining Connected Health

Prof. Dirk Brockmann of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin will talk in the “COVID19 – Redefining Connected Health” session on November 18 at 2:00 pm Cenral European time within the Conference Area at virtual.MEDICA. He initiated the Corona data sharing app of the Robert Koch Institute, which is also being discussed in the virtual sessions of the MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE 2020. The Data Donation App collects data from wearables such as fitness bands on a voluntary basis and is intended to help the Robert Koch Institute to assess the spread of infections. This allows scientists to better assess the current epidemiological situation and use it as an early warning system. In the same session on November 18, solutions for measuring temperature will be presented by Dr. Holger Hendrichs from greenTEG. Core body temperature is an important vital parameter in determining a person’s state of health. greenTEG offers a unique body core temperature sensor for continuous and non-invasive measurements. This sensor can be used for monitoring purposes (integrated into a wearable) - for people in need of care or, if necessary, with regard to COVID-19 as a kind of "early warning system" for company employees

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By means of clinically validated wearables, a large number of cardio-respiratory signals can be recorded, including respiratory volume and frequency, blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, lung sounds and core body temperature. These wearables can thus help physicians to remotely monitor and diagnose patients, whether they are suffering from sleep apnea, pulmonary hypertension or severe acute respiratory syndrome. Novosound's Dave Hughes will talk about a solution using portable ultrasound sensors for use in lung diagnosis and healing management.

Digital applications for all

The MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM will continue with start-ups and their innovations on the final day (November 19). Under the MEDICA DISRUPT label, numerous development teams will then present their innovations. Laszlo Bax from Braingaze will explain in a session (starting at 3:40 pm Central European time) how digital biomarkers enable the early detection of cognitive disorders. Dr. Roland Amba Assamvon from Evercot AI will explain the extent to which AI can be used for early detection of brain diseases.

Digital health applications (DiGA) open up a wide range of options in terms of prevention, diagnosis and therapy - not only with benefits for treating physicians, but also as "digital helpers" in the hands of patients. The German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) is also backing digital healthcare applications. With the Digital Healthcare Act (DVG) and the Digital Health Applications Ordinance (DiGAV), the legislator has created the basis for making apps available quickly to 73 million members of statutory health insurance companies - a project that also raises hopes among many start-ups. BfArM President Prof. Karl Broich will give an overview of the current status and approval of medical applications and their future on November 18 at 4:00 pm Central European time. A German directory of health apps is already available in the 'DiGA App Store'. As co-founder of this directory, Dr. Benedikt Zacher will explain the importance of this special App Store.

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