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Health Region of Northern Brandenburg - Fontane

The region of northern Brandenburg is functional divided in three areas: Berlin as the German capital, its suburbs and the outer development areas of Brandenburg. Northern Brandenburg is a third of the Brandenburg territorial but only 14,6 per cent of the inhabitants of Brandenburg are living there. Estimations suggested that the number of inhabitants will decrease in the next 20 years about 22 per cent while the average age will increase from 45 years for today to 53 years. The mortality of cardiovascular diseases is nearly 40 per cent higher in northern Brandenburg than the average in Federal Republic of Germany.

To ensure the non-inferiority of the medical care in structural underdeveloped rural areas in contrast to metropolitan areas is one of big challenges of the German healthcare system. With his telemedical care concept the consortium of the Fontane project won the competition "Healthregion of the future" from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2009.

To support this new care model, FONTANE is developing new telemedical product innovations:

  • broad application of modern IT-systems (Telemedicine or Remote Patient Monitoring)
  • biomarker guided diagnostics and therapy management across different health care sectors
  • self-adaptive prioritising middleware
  • homecare platform.

These product innovations were evaluated in a clinical trial with 1,538 Patients between August 2013 and May 2018: Telemedical Interventional Management in Heart Failure II