this newsletter gives you a condensed overview of some of the highlights from the first half of 2014. At the beginning of the year MEYTEC were represented at the International Stroke Conference in San Diego (USA/California) in January 2014. The focus was the presentation of the pre-hospital research project STEMO. The results of the clinical trial PHANTOM-S were published in the renowned medical journal JAMA in April 2014. It is gratifying to find that the national and international interest in tele-stroke solutions and telemedicine concepts made by MEYTEC is growing steadily. MEYTEC is committed to maintaining its research and development activities to the highest high technological level in the future.
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Gerhard W. Meyer
Research and Development
MEYTEC among the most innovative companies in Germany
According to Focus Online MEYTEC GmbH Informationssysteme ranks among the 21 most innovative enterprises of digital technology in Germany, when nominated as candidates for the "Digital Star Award 2014". The main reason for this nomination is the development and realization of the Stroke Emergency Mobile Unit (STEMO) - "High-tech clinic with internet connection". All medical-technology systems are digitally networked with each other in this special emergency vehicle. At the same time, the collected medical data can be immediately sent to the remote telemedicine centre via fast Internet connection. To date, STEMO provides the best example of MEYTEC’s innovative telemedical solution. The nominations for the, "Digital Star Award 2014", were announced by an independent jury in January 2014 in Munich.
- More information: FOCUS 02/2014 "Technik der Zukunft" - Digital Star 2014 (PDF)
Cooperation: MEYTEC and ZTM agree collaboration
Since March 2014, MEYTEC GmbH Medizinsysteme is member of the Center for Telemedizin e. V. (ZTM) from Bad Kissingen in Bavaria. The main objective of ZTM is to improve the health care environment through progressive implementation of the telemedical solutions and services in the Bavaria area. MEYTEC and ZTM agreed bilateral technological cooperation. The intention is that the ZTM organization will provide telemedical systems and solutions for different new applications based on MEYTEC technology. The first new applications for home mechanical ventilation and tele-orthopedics have already been successfully tested.
- More information:
Extraction from „Gepflegt durchatmen“, number 23, pp 20-21
Minister of State Melanie Huml, Minister of State for Health and Care
Thomas Bold, District Administrator for Bad Kissingen
Brandenburg’s Minister of Economics visits MEYTEC
Ralf Christoffers, Brandenburg’s Minister of Economics, visited MEYTEC GmbH Informationssysteme in Werneuchen on the 6th May, 2014. He asked about the economic development of the company and was particularly interested to know how the current economic environment was impacting on growth. CEO, Gerhard W. Meyer, summarized matters and gave an overview of the current economic situation and future prospects of the company. Amongst topics discussed were personnel retention and safeguarding patents and intellectual property rights of the company. MEYTEC pushes the development and application of innovative technologies through close cooperation with clinics and research facilities. Gerhard W. Meyer emphasized in this context that he is satisfied with the support of the Brandenburg government.
Brandenburg’s Minister of Economics Ralf Christoffers visits MEYTEC GmbH
Clinical trial to STEMO “PHANTOM-S” published in JAMA
In the context of the research project Stroke Emergency Mobil Unit (STEMO) the Charité –University medicine Berlin, carried out a clinical trial with the name PHANTOM-S. The results were published on the 23th April 2014 in the “Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA)”. JAMA is the most widespread international medical professional journal worldwide. The medical research results of high scientific importance are published here. The study compared the quality of the patient care in the STEMO ambulance with the conventional stroke care in the specialized stroke units in Berlin before the start of therapy. The main results of the study were: The time saved was about 25 minutes and the lysis rate increased up to 50% in the STEMO vehicle compared to conventional stroke units. Additionally, it could be proved in the study that the pre-hospital stroke care with the STEMO concept is as secure as in the conventional hospitals.
- More information: http://www.dsg-info.de/presse/..
Featured information about STEMO in mass media...
STEMO in Apotheken Umschau from the 15Th January 2014
On the 15Th January 2014 the “Apotheken Umschau” published an interesting article from Dr. Reinhard Door about “Research & Knowledge“ under the title “More effective stroke treatment“. He discussed two current telemedicine based health care concepts: the Stroke Emergency Mobile Unit (STEMO) and the telemedical project from the region South-East Bavaria (TEMPiS). While TEMPiS is already the part of the regular health care, the STEMO is seeking regular healthcare financing. Apart from the fact, that the accompanying scientific study could produce clear positive results, there is some reticence among single representatives of the health insurance companies against inclusion in regular care. The journal “Apotheken Umschau” appears every 14 days and has according to the publishers it has a circulation of approximately 5 million.
- More information: Apotheken Umschau Beitrag (PDF)
Press-release - rolling clinic is still on the road
The Senate Administration for Internal Affairs and Sports as well as the Senate Administration for Health and Social Affairs in Berlin held a press conference in the Fire Department Berlin-Wilmersdorf on the 06th June 2014. Senators Handles and Czaja informed the assembled representatives of press and media about the prolongation of the Stroke Emergency Mobile Unit (STEMO). The previous financing with subsidies ended on the 31th May 2014. The health senator Mario Czaja said that the intensive negotiations with Berlin health insurance companies to immediately adopt new emergency vehicle immediate into regular care, were unsuccessful at this stage. The intention is to start with the STEMO solution operating in regular health care from January 2015 and to make it a regular part of the existing rescue resource. From June till December 2014 the previous research partners will continue the project to gain additional information about the use in practice. Additionally, the specialist skills of the STEMO-staff who operate the vehicle will be preserved.
- More information: Pressemitteilung (PDF)
Press conference in the Fire Department Berlin-Wilmersdorf
v.l. Prof. Dr. med. Heinrich Audebert, Senator Frank Henkel/CDU, Senator Mario Czaja/CDU, Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Endres sowie Einsatzpersonal
EU research project EmerEEG started
MEYTEC were amongst the project partners at the official start of the new EU research project EmerEEG that took place in Cardiff (Wales,UK) at the beginning of January 2014. Smartbrain the leading partner in the project, are based in Oslo (Norway) and it was on the request of their CEO Haldor Sjaaheim the project leader, that MEYTEC should participate in EmerEEG. In the context of the research project the new EEG system will be developed as a prototype to be primarily used for diagnostics of craniocerebral trauma (CCT). The innovation is a specially developed EEG hood for fast head application using modern technological methods. The European Union is supporting this this innovation in response to a similar invention in the USA. MEYTEC will embed the invented solution in their telemedical application for emergency needs. The project is financed according to the new financing scheme of the EU. MEYTEC doesn’t receive any funding, but it will invest itself in the future-oriented project. If the research results from UK, Norway and Latvia are successful, MEYTEC receives the marketing rights for the EmerEEG solution in telemedical applications.
Research project PSYCHE successfully completed
On the 18th and 19th February 2014 the closing session of the associated European partners from the EU research project PSYCHE took place in Brussels. MEYTEC has developed for medical experts a special telemedicine portal with an integrated database for recording and evaluating of data for patients with bipolar disorders. During trials patients transferred their emotional condition to the telemedicine portal via a smartphone App daily. The scope of vital data measured by wearable computing integrated into garments can also be sent to the telemedicine portal. The participating physicians gathered important information from the database by using mathematical models to determine if different medication was needed.
MEYTEC will commercialize the complete solution under the name VIMED® EMOTION. Furthermore the telemedicine portal can also be customized for other medical research projects to show additional benefits to the user.
Trial results of the project Tele-Diagnostic presented
On the 26th March of 2014 in Potsdam marked the reporting of the results of the research project “Tele-Diagnostik”. The executive director of MEYTEC GmbH informationssysteme, Gerhard W. Meyer, presented the results from MEYTEC. Amongst the highlights was the development of new telemedical diagnostics applications, among others things the creation of new Point-of-Care solutions and their embedding in the developed conception with tele-emergency-doctor. Firstly, MEYTEC was focused on the immediate medical diagnostics of relevant blood parameters in the pre-hospital use. The research partners from the Fraunhofer Institute IBMT in Potsdam and the IHP-Leibniz Institute in Frankfurt (Oder) have developed a platform for in-vitro-diagnostics. The next step is to measure the vital data collected from consultations. The measuring of ECG data under pre-hospital emergency conditions allows immediate diagnostics of the infarction within one minute. The integration of a blood picture laboratory machine delivers laboratory findings of 18 parameters within 1.5 minutes. All data is transmitted into the central system of values in real time via LTE-HSPA mobile radio bonding-system utilizing available servers. In combination with the telemedical audiovisual communication the tele-emergency-doctor receives all relevant data for performing examination.
In the context of the research project there was developed a newly equipped prototype of the special emergency ambulance with the name “Tele-Ambulanz“ with high-quality telemedical video communication and Point-of-Care diagnostics.
Prototyp of the „Tele-Ambulanz” for the rescue service Frankfurt (Oder)
MEYTEC attend the Word Stroke Conference in San Diego
From the 12th to the 14th February of 2014 MEYTEC GmbH Medizinsysteme exhibited at the International Stroke Conference in San Diego (California/USA). The company presented its flagship Stroke Emergency Mobile Unit (STEMO) as well as other telemedical solutions from the company’s portfolio. MEYTEC is able to share its experiences of the Stroke Emergency Mobile Unit STEMO project in Berlin, over a 3 year period, covering production workflow, support & maintenance as well as customer services. The general consensus amongst attendees of the ISC is that STEMO an efficient, compact mobile acute stroke unit.
- More information: newsroom.heart.org/events/stroke-conference-2014
MEYTEC attend the Word Stroke Conference in San Diego
MEYTEC attend symposium in Kasan (Tatarstan)
The CEO of MEYTEC GmbH Medizinsysteme, Gerhard W. Meyer, accepted an invitation from the Russian Academy of the Medical Sciences (RAMS) on the 27th February 2014 to attend the symposium for Emergency Medicine in Kasan (Russia/Tatarstan). He gave an overview over of the innovations in the field of telemedicine and in the new health care concepts for the treatment of acute stroke patients. Gerhard W. Meyer’s presentation received significant interest from the Russian audience, eagerly awaiting the implementation of such concepts for the treatment of acute stroke in their country. Before the symposium began, there was a meaningful personal discussion between Gerhard Meyer and the Minister of Health for the autonomous Republic of Tatarstan. From both sides it was agreed to continue further collaboration. The Minister of Health was present during the presentation and he asked many questions about the MEYTEC solutions for telemedical stroke networks. In addition he was very interested in the pre-hospital solution Stroke Emergency Mobile Unit (STEMO).
Baden Württemberg starts a coordination centre for telemedicine
The Ministry of Science, Research and Art from the region of Baden-Wurttemberg started their first coordination centre for the innovative network of the telemedicine-supported care in Mannheim. The nationwide coordination centre should provide sustainability and quality of innovative telemedicine projects. It primary aim is to ensure that ongoing telemedicine projects get over the prototype and pilot phase and get a chance to be accepted as evidence-based medicine methods as well as becoming a part of regular care. The science ministry of the region Baden-Wurttemberg has invested 600.000 euros in the coordination centre. The German Society for Telemedicine has welcomed the opening of the coordination centre. It is an example of how governments can accelerate the creation and long term support of basic conditions for telemedicine.
Source: press release Nr. 43/2014 from the 04th June of 2014, Ministry of Science, Research and Art of the region Baden-Wurttemberg
- Presse release: mwk.baden-wuerttemberg.de/..PM_Koordinierungsstelle_Telemedizin.pdf
Panel discussion about telemedicine in Berlin
Under the motto "Telemedicine and networked medicine – what can federal states do?" There were numerous participants in Berlin on the 11th March 2014 to discuss with the State Secretary for Health from the Brandenburg region - Mrs. Hartwig-Tiedt and the executive director of the Hospital Society of the Saxony region, how the federal states can best use the features of telemedicine. The background was the 86th Conference of Health Ministers of the states passed in June 2013 in Potsdam. As a result of the conference a unanimous decision was made regarding telemedicine. The states require more support for telemedicine with an aim to transfer telemedicine into regular care. It was clear during the meeting that this decision should be seen as a clear commitment of politicians to maximise the potential of telemedicine. The discussion also showed that the sustainable impulses for organization of regular telemedical care must go out from the federal states and they will assume higher responsibilities in the future. The rollouts of projects from Brandenburg and Saxony have shown clearly how telemedicine can change the ambulant and stationary health care, for now and in the future. The event was hosted by the association, Berlin Wirtschaftsgespräche e.V. in cooperation with the German Society for Telemedicine.
Telemedicine as a stand alone solution?
With this question in mind, the 5th National Experts Conference for Telemedicine will gather at the Ellington hotel in Berlin on the 06th and 07th November 2014. The organisers of the event expect more than 250 national and international experts to attend. The Karl Storz Prize for Telemedicine established in 2008 will be awarded at the conference. Other topics under discussion are concerns about differences in the levels of care for patients and the overall threat to the German health care service. Many questions will be posed to the assembled conference including: Should telemedicine be established in all regions as an effective method to ensure consistent nationwide patient care? Is the structure of the German health services equipped to confront the challenges of the Internet age against the backdrop of demographic development and faster innovation cycles? A lively debate and insightful responses are expected, to the posed questions, at the 5th National Experts Conference. Applications for the Karl Storz Telemedicine Prize can be submitted up until the 25th October 2014. The congress will be accompanied by an exhibition of leading industries operating in the field of telemedicine.
- More information: www.telemedizinkongress.de.
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