Current medical challenges, like the rise in chronic diseases enforced by demographic change, demand a new, individualized and integrated approach to health and social care. eHealth innovations offer this approach by providing major new opportunities to be successful in realizing care integration.
Transformation by digitization
The health sector is being transformed by digitalization: process structures, new forms of treatment, personalized medicine by data availability and analytics, improved doctor-patient relationships, new services and offers for insured persons or new forms of access to prevention and health for individuals are just some examples of changes that give healthcare a new appearance. With a spotlight on innovation, science significantly heads towards a transition to a digital healthcare system. The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight for patients, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare organizations.
As individualized medicine requires the analysis and application of large quantities of data, we focus on the following specific areas of eHealth:
Artificial intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence (AI) is applied in many fields of healthcare: Through analyzing enormous volumes of data; diagnostics, therapeutics, and practices of healthcare can be improved. AI also assists in the prevention of certain individual diseases. However, data protection to maintain patients’ safety and privacy seems to be a major challenge of further developing AI.
Interactive ICT-technologies enable patient-friendly and more efficient medical devices. Practicing and developing telemedicine needs digital infrastructures and electronic devices for intelligent medical systems. Together with big data and patient records, it all leads to the demand of a more focused management of medical data. Therefore, increased quality and affordability in the healthcare sector are core aspects of telemedicine, as well as efficient use of information and communication technologies.