Diseases of the cardiovascular system are the most frequent cause of death in Germany and at 39 per cent are far ahead of cancer (25 per cent) and other illnesses (21 per cent), according to a 2017 study by the German Federal Statistical Office. Dr. Jens Beermann, a cardiologist at Cardiologicum Hamburg, is confronted with acute cardiological conditions every day and founded Cardiogo GmbH & Co. KG to develop a telemedical, cardiological, on-call service that is available at any time and anywhere.
Mobile ECG device, digital health record and an app
People with a heart condition have many questions e.g. what if it happens to me again, what happens, if I cannot reach a specialist at short notice, and what should I do when travelling? This is where Cardiogo comes in and offers the first 24/7 telemedical, on-call service in Germany. A mobile ECG device, a digital health record and the Cardiogo app make this possible.
Users can have an electrocardiogram done in a relatively short time with the multi-channel ECG, which is as big as a matchbox and weighs only 42 grams. The app records the cardiogram in the digital health file. The patient is connected to a specialist via the “Call cardiologist” button. Some 25 established German cardiologists are on the team, Beermann told Hamburg News. The specialist can access the patient’s file, give his assessment, allay the patient’s fears, give advice, recommend a doctor to check in the coming days or in acute cases ring an emergency doctor immediately. Every single conversation is documented in the health file.
Medical overuse and underuse to be reduced
Cardiogo reached market maturity in late 2017. The next step is widespread introduction to the target market. Around 100 patients are already using the cardiological, on-call service. While private health insurance companies are already on board, the doctor is now targeting statutory health insurance companies. Commenting on his plans for the future, Beermann said: “We need a smart and simultaneous ethical control of patients in the healthcare system to significantly reduce overuse and underuse. That can only succeed with the help of digital medicine. People shouldn’t have to worry about big data and artificial intelligence as long as doctors and not machines decide on the patient’s well-being. I have made it my goal in life to make a decisive contribution to this with Cardiogo.”
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