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Digitization of medicine : Intelligent Shoe sole helps patients after leg surgery

To turn a creative idea into a product that improves the health of people, it's a long way to go. The "Digital Health Accelerator" of the Berlin Institute for health research (BIH) should speed up this often lengthy process in the field of digital medicine innovations. In the past year, the Initiative supported in 2017, four Teams financially and through a Mentoring program. Only a year later, one of them is already before the Foundation of the company. At the "Demo Day" on Tuesday evening, which this year funded groups presented their projects.

health account for Madagascar

The ideas ranged from help in sleep disorders through better x-ray images to a mobile payment system for a more effective health care in countries such as Madagascar. Where people avoid much-needed visits to the doctor even in the places where they have access to treatments: from fear of the barely-regulated treatment costs you to the brink of Ruin. The Team of neurologists Julius Emmrich and Samuel Knauss has developed "mTOMADY" a System that these problems to solve. People can Deposit money to a virtual account that you access with your mobile phone. The time Saved is used exclusively for medical treatments. Via SMS, the patient can also inform yourself in advance about the cost of treatment, and also for possible donors, transparency of flows, where your money.

The Team of the Chrono-biologists Achim Kramer has found a method to make the setting of the internal clock of humans. Using twelve biomarkers can be about shifts in the day-night rhythm of detecting or perspective is also medication in a more precise plan. Also, sleep disorders are varied and often poorly diagnosed, with "body time" in the future, quickly and cost-effectively categorize and then treat – it is sufficient, if the Patient submits a blood sample.

Artificial intelligence interprets x-ray images

In the case of leg fractures, after surgery often have complications, 15 percent of the approximately 220,000 patients a year are treated in Germany because of a broken leg, have to unexpectedly come back. Often, the cause is that too much weight is exerted on the healing bone. With "LingPed" developed by the group to the surgical Serafeim Tsitsilonis and Nevda Kaya is a sole, containing Sensors and orthotics or shoes can be inserted. The Software displays the pressure distribution and gives feedback to the doctor and the patient.

Serafeim Tsitsilonis' Sensor sole that will help patients after a SURGERY on his leg properly.Photo: Thomas Rafalzyk

A Feedback of a different kind, the program provides "DentalXr.Al" the Dentist Falk Schwendicke and his Team. It is to be used in dental practices. A year there are in the whole of Germany, about 55 million x-ray images to be interpreted. The Software is intended to help, by analysing using artificial intelligence, the pictures and graphically. Thus, a problem zone for the doctor and the patients are easier to see and the decision for or against a crown or filling.

The programs are using the data treasure of the Charité

Also with the artificial intelligence group works to the pathologist Frederick Klaus, dealing with a cancer diagnosis. At the Moment, a biopsy extracted cells are analyzed usually under the microscope. Then the cancer will be counted as cells either, what is "very long", or valued, what is "very inaccurate". The program "Algnostics" to perform this work very precisely and in a fraction of the time. It provides the doctor in addition to the result of the count, a breakdown of which types of cells it has counted.

"cardio Prime“ the cardiologist Titus Kuehne is an attempt to shorten the time until a Patient with heart problems, specialists gets the right therapy. By using a Software, which only requires data from a blood pressure measurement and a cardiac ultrasound could be faster, earlier and more accurately found out what kind of complaints a Patient has, and the corresponding measures are not taken.

the founding members of the Berlin Institute for health research, the Charité and the Max-Delbrück-Centrum. The "Digital Health Accelerator" featured projects benefit from the fact that the Charité has an enormous wealth of Data, the artificial intelligence of programs to train and always continue to improve.

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The Federal government, the Initiative until at least 2021 year with two million euros. Instead of six to be funded in the next year, eight to ten Teams.

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