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Dr. Götz Welsch, Ärztlicher Leiter des Athleticum und Mannschaftsarzt des HSV und Gideon Jung, HSV-Spieler, neben einem Philips Kernspintomographen © Philips

Athleticum: Networked digital healthcare

UKE, HSV and Philips planning future of Kompetenzzentrum für Sport- und Bewegungsmedizin

Athleticum, the Competency Centre for Sport and Movement Medicine at the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital (UKE), aims to take sports healthcare to a new level with its partners, HSV Fußball AG (HSV Football Co.) and Dutch healthcare company Philips. The aim is for Athleticum to establish itself as the leading centre for sport and exercise, with innovative healthcare products based on networked competencies and cuttting-edge medical and digital equipment. Athleticum is likely to push the boundaries of integrated digital healthcare.

New Athleticum on HSV’s Volkspark site

Athleticum is already extremely attractive thanks to its interdisciplinary networking and combination of competencies. “UKE Athleticum, with its medical support for both competitive and amateur sportspeople, has grown rapidly at UKE in recent years. But, UKE would like to expand its sports medicine even further to offer its patients the best possible care,” said Tillmann Halbuer, Manager of UKE’s Outpatient Centre. As only limited space was available in Eppendorf, on-site expansion was impossible. Accordingly, the HSV site at the Volkspark has been earmarked for the new Athleticum. The project is currently undergoing detailed planning. And an investment partner for the construction is being sought.

Professional and competitive hobby sportsmen and women

HSV will put the expertise gained in professional sport into the partnership; placing the structures of a professional team’s medical and performance care at the disposal of both professional and driven hobby sportspeople. The planned performance centre will thus provide advice across the entire health spectrum in sport: from prevention and early detection through diagnosis and therapy, right up to rehabilitation. Commenting on the the involvement of the HSV Football Co., Dr. med. Götz Welsch, Director of UKE Athleticum, said: “We are very much interested in taking medical care, which is already highly professional at UKE, to a completely new level now with Philips as well. At the same time, we aim to upgrade the Volkspark site with this public service and integrate it digitally.”

Networked health sector in future

Philips is tasked with the digital integration. The complete digitalization of diagnostics and therapy is planned. The new performance centre will be equipped with the latest generation of medical equipment including ultrasound, CT (computer tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). The use of innovative forms of therapy such as virtual reality training, cryotherapy and 4D motion analysis is also planned. “For Philips as a health company, the step towards strategic collaboration is a logical one with pioneering character. The future of the health sector is networked, and for us, this is why initiatives in partnership like the Athleticum are key to success,” said Thomas Schönen, Head of Brand, Communications, Digital & Marketing DACH at Philips. A limited company has been set up as project operator with the stakeholders UKE and HSV.

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