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Study: German electronic patient record will start without visit notes

On January 1, 2021, the electronic patient record (ePA) will be launched. It will provide patients with a central storage location for their medical documents. However, it will not contain visit notes. This means that anyone wishing to read their doctor's notes, for example on their medical history, treatment options or further steps, will still have to formally request paper copies of the documentation.

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Analysis: Algorithms in Digital Healthcare

They support medical decisions, predict possible effects of drugs or identify signs of mental disorders among users of social media: the spectrum of potential applications of algorithms in health care is growing. However, there is still no societal debate on the opportunities and risks of using algorithms.

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#SmartHealthSystems: Digital Health: Europe is moving at different speeds

Electronic health records prevent dangerous drug interactions, telemedicine connects doctor and patient no matter where they are, health apps strengthen the chronically ill. In the digital transformation of the healthcare sector, however, European Union Member States are advancing at different speeds.

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Study: Patients value "Dr. Google's" versatility

Whether preparing for a visit to the doctor, comparing therapies or simply engaging in online discussion with others – many people seek advice from "Dr. Google". Findings from our new study show that more than one-half of patients surveyed are satisfied with the health information they find online. But are physicians and patients making good use of the internet's potential?

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Data analysis: Exploring regional differences in healthcare

Regional differences illustrate that at times, care can fail to meet the needs of the public. In cooperation with the Science Media Center Germany (SMC), we identify anomalies in healthcare, and we research their potential causes on location.

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Shared decision making: Facilitating a breakthrough for shared decision making

Just as physicians are experts in medical matters, patients are experts in their personal life circumstances, preferences and values. We advocate a culture of dialogue based on partnership, both in hospitals and in physicians’ practices.

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Training physicians: Developing communication skills

Communication skills are still not sufficiently imparted in the study of medicine. Our goal is to anchor them in teaching and exams.

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The Project: Fostering effective physician-patient partnerships

The physician-patient relationship has a significant impact on the success of treatment. The objective of our Patients with Impact project is to embed the concept of shared decision making in everyday care.

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Choosing Wisely: International physicians’ initiative against medical overuse

Choosing Wisely is an initiative that wants to engage physicians and other clinicians in conversations with patients about the use of unnecessary tests and treatments. We are exploring the factors contributing to the initiative’s international success.

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PREVENTION RESEARCH: European cross-national study

The research accompanying the “Leave no child behind! Municipalities providing opportunities” project examines the key factors contributing to successful outcomes in local prevention efforts.