In the first Roundtable of the year (23/02/23), Prof. Dr. Friedrich Köhler – head of the Center for Cardiovascular Telemedicine at Charité – held a keynote on the topic of telemedicine in the treatment of heart failure. And here is what we learned from him:
- There are many different types of monitoring technologies in the field of telemedicine in heart failure (like non-invasive measuring devices (e.g., pulsoximeter), active implants, passive implants (e.g., measuring pulmonary pressure), wearables and smartphones)
- Remote patient monitoring (RPM) does not only consist of telemonitoring, but also includes training, care assessment, patients’ self-management at home, and guideline-based therapy.
- Telemedicine in heart failure is a life-prolonging form of (co-)care.
- The Federal Joint Committee’s (G-BA) decision of December 17, 2020 is a milestone of digital medicine in Germany: RPM for heart failure can thus be considered an example of evidence-based medicine.
- AI is about to be introduced in clinical cardiology (analysis and prioritization of monitoring data, decompensation diagnosis supported by voice analysis).
- Further research is needed for telemedicine in heart failure.
The roundtable ended with an insightful discussion in the form of a Q&A session, in which Prof. Köhler answered all the questions raised by the numerous clinicians and industry representatives.
With this successful start into 2023, we would like to set focus on telemonitoring strategies in the different fields of medical care and hope you will accompany us on this journey!
The Patient Monitoring Roundtable is organized by Hacking Health Berlin and INCH e.V. (Initiative for Collaboration and Innovation in Healthcare e.V.) in cooperation with the Institute for Medical Informatics at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
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