Siemens Healthineers has developed new telemedicine software that enables chronically ill patients to be cared for remotely. The software teamplay myCare Companion consists of a smartphone app for patients in which they can report their health status, medication, vital signs, etc. themselves. In addition, the app provides a workspace for medical staff to monitor the patients‘ messages and to detect any deterioration of their health status more quickly. The attending physicians can thus make new decisions on upcoming measures such as hospital stays or telemedical consultations. According to Wido Menhardt, Head of Digital Health at Siemens Healthineers, teamplay myCare Companion can thus minimize staffing requirements and the number of unscheduled hospital visits as well as the associated costs. The application was initially tested at the Heart and Diabetes Center Bad Oeynhausen for the care of patients with heart disease.
In addition to the documentation of patient data, the software can also be used by clinical personnel. In the sense of a „corona diary“, the company physicians in the staff unit of the University Hospital Mannheim tested the software for recording and communicating the health conditions of their employees. Company physician Dr. Margit Einsenbarth praises the application as a positive addition to the daily routine of the clinic due to its clarity and time savings.
Since the beginning of 2020, Siemens Healthineers has been working in partnership with the Austrian Institute of Technology, TELBIOMED Medizintechnik und IT-Service GmbH Austria, in which the software was developed.