Issue 03-2011
Editorial
Gerhard W. Meyer

Dear Readers,

after the growing acceptance of telemedicine last year, MEYTEC is positioning itself to meet these demands. In addition to our emphasis on teleneurology, especially applications for stroke care, MEYTEC will expand its applications to include scenarios besides pre-admission emergency care. Telemedicine applications have been underway in a rehabilitation hospital since 2010. Another step in this direction was the first joint appearance of MEYTEC and Fraunhofer IPK at the European conference „Technically Assisted Rehabilitation“ in Berlin. Promising enquiries from different countries prove that existing dynamics of the development and increasing applications of telemedicine.

As always, enjoy!

Yours,
Gerhard W. Meyer


News: Research and Development
Print News: Research and Development

Cooperation with Fraunhofer IPK: TeleStrokeRehab

On the 17 and 18 March 2011 the third European Conference for Technically Assisted Rehabilitation (TAR) took place at the Technical University of Berlin. New developments in rehabilitation of muscular and neurological diseases were presented. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute IPK (Berlin), MEYTEC presented a newly developed telerehab system name TeleStrokeRehab. The new system is a joint development implemented as part of the „Central innovation program for middle-sized companies“ sponsored by the federal Ministry for Business and Technology. The system, developed in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute, enables patients to experience quality care under the supervision of therapists in their own home. Telemedicine makes it possible for patients to undergo virtual physical and mental training at home. „While first the use of the new systems was intended for stroke patients, the applications in other medical areas is already feasible,“ explained Dr. Ing. Michael Schauer, division leader for Research and Development at MEYTEC during the conference. „The cooperation with Fraunhofer IPK is characterized by mutual recognition and is advantageous to both parties.“
- More information: www.tar-conference.eu

TeleStrokeRehab   TeleStrokeRehab
Automization technology director at IPK, Prof. Dr. Ing. Joerg Krueger discusses current developments with Dr. Ing. Michael Schauer The system consists of different training devices and the telemedicine unit at the patient’s home and at the therapist’s

News from STEMO (Stroke-Einsatz-Mobil)

STEMO - Stroke-Einsatz-Mobil

TSM MEDICI NEWS reports in the issue of 28.02.2011 on the project for stroke diagnostics and care (STEMO) on page 1. STEMO is the first of its kind and was introduced to the public in February at the Charité University Medical Faculty in Berlin. MEYTEC is a partner in the research project. STEMO now has its own website as well.

- Further information:

News: Telemedicine
Print News: Telemedicine

MEYTEC wins tender in England

Following a tender process, MEYTEC was chosen to deliver and install a telemedicine system for acute stroke care for a network in England. Various hospitals were equipped with the complete wireless telemedicine systems VIMED® TELEDOC 3 and VIMED® UMTS 2 in March the battery-run mobile system VIMED® TELEDOC 2 can run for hours when fully charged. Permanent monitoring of the power supply prevents disruptions in service. After reaching previously set threshhold values, the system shuts down automatically. With a special, integrated quick-charge system, a shorter charging time is possible. The connection to the entire network is made via WLAN.

- VIMED® TELEDOC 3: Datenblatt (PDF, deutsch) | Data sheet (PDF, englisch)
- VIMED® UMTS 2: Datenblatt (PDF, deutsch) | Data sheet (PDF, englisch)

London

Press conference for the German Society for Neuroradiology in Berlin

SOS-NET

Stroke is always an emergency - every minute counts. „Disability and death can only be prevented when we begin treatment in the first hours after symptoms occur. In rural regions far from stroke centers a speedy diagnosis and therapy are often difficult to achieve“ explained Prof. Dr. med. Ruediger von Kummer, Director of the Department of Neuroradiology at the University Hospital Dresden, as well as the Dresden University Stroke Center (DUSC), to journalists in Berlin. A telemedicine connection of small regional hospitals to larger centers with stroke specialists can improve treatment. The Dresden University Stroke Center serves 1.7 million people in this way with the Stroke network East Saxony (SOS-NET). The network offers cooperating hospitals telemedical consultations for stroke patients. Specialized neurologists are ready around the clock to carry out teleconsultations with the help of a video connection. Neuroradiologyy at the University Hospital of Dresden is responsible for training and monitoring the neurologists in the SOS network in interpreting CT and MRI images. Patients requiring complicated diagnostics or acute intervention in the cranial arteries are transferred to the University Hospital. „The first telemedicine project of this sort - TEMPiS in Bavaria - clearly showed that with this electronically connected care, fewer people remain disabled or die following stroke“ explained von Kummer.
Source: PM DGNR of 31.03.2011

News: German Society for Telemedicine
Print News: German Society for Telemedicine

DGTelemed supports e-health initiative

The e-health initiative founded by the federal Ministry for Health in mid 2010 is now being supported by the German Society for Telemedicine. DGTelemed was accepted into the group of sponsors at the suggestion of the Health Ministry at the sponsors’ last meeting. The goal of the initiative is to spread telemedicine more effectively in rural areas. Implementation of measures has already begun. The agreed-upon measures include an increase in information and service offerings with which the needs of cooperation and contract partners and companies can be met. In addition, medical and technical standards are being created which are necessary for telemedicine applications. The purpose is to provide an orientation framework for medical and technical implementation. This should make it possible for regional cooperation and contract partners to better integrate treatment guidelines and contracts. With the decision to accept DGTelemed as one of the e-health sponsors, government recognizes the growing significance of the German Society for telemedicine, which is the leading German association involved in telemedicine applications and enjoys growing attention. DGTelemed is represented by its chairmen Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Brauns and the Managing Director and board member Wolfgang Loos.
- More information: www.bmg.bund.de/ministerium/presse/pressemitteilungen


First Telemedicine Conference in Bavaria

1. Telemedizin Fachtagung Bayern

On 11.05.2011 in Ebersberg, Bavaria, the first telemedicine conference takes place. The event will emphasize opportunities, possibilities and perspectives for telemedicine applications in primary care. Experts in telemedicine will present examples of telemedicine applications in Bavaria, indicate perspectives and formulate expectations of the German medical community as well as discussing telemedicine in the context of treatment research and prevention. The symposium is directed at doctors in various fields, project initiators and representatives from science, commerce and politics in Bavaria. The event is being sponsored by the Regional Association in Bavaria of the German Society for Telemedicine in cooperation with the county hospital Ebersberg. MCALL is taking care of the organization.

- More information: Event-Flyer (PDF, German)

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