Politics Meets Science on Telehealth in Austria

On Tuesday evening, April 13, 2021, more than 80 participants virtually attended the third dHealth Pulse event - this time on the topic of "Telehealth Services - The Road to Standard Care". In one and a half hours, the prominent panel presented and discussed the current developments in the pioneer countries of Tyrol and Styria, especially using the example of HerzMobil. The event was moderated by AIT expert for telehealth Günter Schreier, Competence Unit Digital Health Innovation Systems of the Center for Health & Bioresources.

In the current pandemic, the use of state-of-the-art information and communication technologies not only improves communication and enables virtual meetings to be held, but also demonstrates the advantages and applicability of these technologies in the therapy management and care of patients in the form of telehealth services, particularly in such a situation. With the telehealth system HerzMobil, developed by AIT together with the provinces of Tyrol and Styria, the advantages of telehealth services are used in the care of patients with chronic heart failure. In these two provinces, this form of therapy management has already become part of standard care. The underlying technology can be flexibly adapted to the needs of healthcare providers and is also in use for other areas of application, such as diabetes and outpatient stroke care. The telehealth solution supports patients and healthcare professionals in their ongoing care as part of their daily therapy routine and allows them to react quickly to deteriorating health conditions. The main topics of the evening were: the path of telehealth services into regular care, which structures are necessary for this, what the benefits are for the persons concerned and patients, as well as the integration and interaction with the ELGA infrastructure by telemonitoring episode report.

The high-profile virtual panel
  • Provincial Council Univ.-Prof. DI. Dr. Bernhard Tilg (Province of Tyrol)
  • Provincial Council Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.in Juliane Bogner-Strauß (Province of Styria)
  • MMag. Dr. Andreas Huber (Regional Institute for Integrated Care Tyrol)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Pölzl (medical director HerzMobil Tirol)
  • Prim. Prof. Dr. Gerald Dieter Zenker (Medical Director HerzMobil Styria)
  • DI Nikola Tanjga (ELGA GmbH)

Details to all speakers can be found in the press release:

dHealth 2021 and its Pulse event series

From May 11 – 12, dHealth 2021 will take place – THE Austrian event for healthcare policy, healthcare IT and professional networks on the topic of “navigating healthcare through challenging times”. The new regular “dHealth Pulse” sessions extend the dHealth to the whole year and deal with the hot topics from digital health, AI in healthcare and AAL on focus evenings.