Interview

“We need to discuss what we expect from a digital healthcare system” – an interview with Christiane Woopen

In which areas of healthcare are algorithms applied – both today and in the future? How can they improve medical care? And what are new challenges that arise from their implementation? On behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the research center ceres at the University of Cologne has carried out a review and analysis of algorithms in digital healthcare. In an interview, Prof. Christiane Woopen, head of the research group, explains where she sees the greatest disruptive potential in the use of algorithms in healthcare.With a view to the various opportunities and risks, the ethicist demands that we, as a society, have to discuss what price we want to pay for digital progress,  how we create trust and how we maintain solidarity in the healthcare system. In short, how do we want to shape digitalization in the healthcare system?

The digital transformation in healthcare requires clear decision-making structures and the trust of citizens – A Skype interview with Madis Tiik on Digital Health in Estonia

In our #SmartHealthSystems study, we analyzed 17 countries on the state of digitization in health care. Estonia ranks first in our specifically developed Digital Health Index . As our country report shows, e-prescription and electronic patient files have been legally required in Estonia for a decade. Citizens can view their personal health data, find out about illnesses or book medical appointments online via the national health information portal. Since 2012, video consultations and telediagnostics are also permitted and integrated into outpatient care. In a Skype interview, Dr. Madis Tiik, family doctor and digital health expert, explains how Estonia has successfully accomplished digitization. The former CEO of the Estonian eHealth Foundation emphasizes the importance of clear competencies and a dedicated organization for the implementation of digital health processes. The trust of citizens thanks to transparency and a secure national infrastructure are further success factors, he points out.

“Digitization is not a fairy that can grant wishes” – a Skype-Interview with Yvonne Gilli on the Swiss Electronic Dossier

#SmartHealthSystems: Switzerland is on its way to implement the Electronic Dossier (EPD) for the hospital sector. For patients and doctors the use of the EPD is voluntary. Dr. med. Yvonne Gilli, head of the digitization and E-Health Department at the Swiss Medical Association FMH (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum), tells us in a Skype-interview what the EPD can offer for patients and doctors.

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The reasons behind sundhed.dk’s success – a Skype-Interview with Jakob Uffelmann

#SmartHealthSystems: sundhed.dk is a national portal that aims to be the first point of contact for all Danish citizens seeking information about their health. Jakob Uffelmann, Director of Innovation at sundhed.dk, tells us how the Danish portal became a success story, how data protection is guaranteed, and what future services for citizens and patients are being developed.