The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and its spin-off Telbiomed are working together with the medical technology group Siemens Healthineers on the further development and internationalisation of new telemedicine solutions. The underlying technology – a telehealth platform – was developed by AIT to enable chronically ill patients to transmit vital data recorded using simple measuring devices to a database via a mobile app. As part of the “HerzMobil Tirol” project, this platform has been used since 2002 to provide better care for heart failure patients and is now part of the standard care in Tyrol.
The AIT founded the spinoff company Telbiomed to bring the underlying digital healthcare solution to commercial use. Thanks to its modular structure, the system can be adapted to the respective requirements that arise for individual chronic diseases. For example, the platform was adapted for use in the current COVID-19 pandemic in such a way that it can facilitate the care of people with an unclear infection status. The potentially affected people record body temperature, oxygen saturation and specific symptoms on a daily basis, which means that caregivers can remotely monitor their progress and react quickly in the event of an emergency.
“Together with Telbiomed, we have succeeded in bringing AIT technology into the care system in Tyrol and Styria. With Siemens Healthineers, we have gained a globally recognized partner in the healthcare sector to further internationalize AIT technology,” explains Prof. Dr. Elke Guenther, Head of Center for Health & Bioresources at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology.
As part of the cooperation with Siemens Healthineers, the COVID-19 telemonitoring system is also used in the University Hospital Mannheim, but in a completely different way: There, the medical staff is looked after with the system in order to be able to react as quickly as possible to infections or suspected cases. As a “corona diary”, in accordance with the rules of the Robert Koch Institute, the medical specialists record the state of health on a daily basis, giving the attending company doctors a quick overview.