Health

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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: Building productive 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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The Digital Patient: Digitization for Health

Whereas all healthcare stakeholders agree that digitization is changing their field, there are many different views regarding the opportunities and limits inherent to this trend. Through its Digital Patient program, the Bertelsmann Stiftung offers studies, strategic action plans and forums for debate to help promote the development of technology in service to healthcare.

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Interview: “The system needs to focus more on the people who use it”

Informed patients, treatment that reflects actual needs, stable financing – in this interview Director Uwe Schwenk discusses why Germany’s healthcare system has to focus more on the people who use it. He also discusses the issues the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Health projects are currently focusing on.

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Weisse Liste: For patients, for quality

The quality of health care in Germany is high. Nevertheless, there are differences between individual physicians or care institutions. The Weisse Liste is dedicated to making these differences transparent – via the Internet portal www.weisse-liste.de. The goal is to enable patients to choose the health care provider that is best for them. In turn, the providers themselves compete for patients in terms of quality.