2017-05-10

Telemedical Network ANNOTeM Launched

The telemedical network aims to improve treatment of neurological emergencies in northeastern Germany.

Patients will receive care close to home with access to highly specialized medical centers. Run under the consortium leadership of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the project is funded by the Innovation Fund of the Gemeinsamen Bundesausschuss (G-BA) with roughly seven million Euros.

Acute neurological diseases can be life threatening and frequently lead to permanent damage if appropriate care is not available. These days stroke, traumatic brain injury and meningitis can be treated effectively, provided patients are cared for immediately. Often not all types of treatment are available in the rural regions of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommerania or their implementation is delayed because patients first have to be moved to a different hospital.

The network Acute Neurological Care in Northeastern Germany with Telemedical Aid (ANNOTeM) assists hospitals through its telemedical service, active around the clock. Acute neurological symptoms like paralysis, speech and cognitive disorders can easily be evaluated audio-visually. Likewise, data from CT scans, MRI scans and lab results can easily be sent digitally to experts for a comprehensive evaluation, thus making it possible to guarantee care for patients close to home while at the same time providing access to highly specialized facilities. To this end, specialized acute neurological facilities will be set up along with consistent quality control via on-site training courses, and telemedical networks with round-the-clock telemedical service supplied by medical specialists, among other services. What’s more, in the future EEG results and cerebrospinal fluid diagnostics will be relayed through the telemedical service.

“Stroke research has proven the success of the telemedical approach. ANNOTeM is now the logical extension of this type of care to other neurological medical emergencies”, says Professor Heinrich Audebert, Medical Director of the Department of Neurology at the Campus Benjamin Franklin and Executive Board Member of the Center for Stroke Research Berlin. He added: “In addition, we want to improve our medical counseling for epilepsy patients and design of their medication plans, thereby enhancing seizure prevention.”

Acute Neurological Care in Northeastern Germany with Telemedical Aid (ANNOTeM)
The network comprises three maximum care facilities with high-end neurological expertise (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, BG Klinikum Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin and Universitätsklinikum Greifswald) and the Epilepsiezentrum Berlin-Brandenburg as well as eleven regional medical hospitals in Mecklenburg-Vorpommerania and Brandenburg. The project is funded by the Innovation Fund of the Gemeinsamen Bundesausschuss (G-BA). It is supported by a joint consortium of the health insurance companies AOK Nordost, BARMER and Techniker Krankenkasse along with the telemedical company MEYTEC Medizinsysteme GmbH. So far hospitals in Bergen/Rügen, Kyritz, Luckenwalde, Ludwigsfelde, Nauen, Pasewalk, Schwedt, Strausberg, Templin, Teterow and Ueckermünde have participated as regional partners.

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