These are the best health ideas of 2019


Berlin The cave of the health lions was on Thursday evening in 1901 built Berlin cold storage – at that time, so to speak, the largest walk-in refrigerator in Europe. Where pork halves once hung from the ceiling and fish and caviar were stored at freezing temperatures, nine promising start-ups from the health sector were in the jury's live pitch. The founders got really into a sweat, because the presentation on the stage could not be longer than three minutes.

For the fourth time, the Health-i Award, an initiative of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) and the Handelsblatt, sought innovative solutions for digitizing the healthcare system. Since 2016, the prize has been awarded in the categories "Young Talents", "Companies" and "Start-ups". In the latter category, the audience was allowed to decide by live voting.

Category "Young Talents"

Christina Roitzheim, who developed the smartphone app Contenance together with her founding team led by Selcuk Aciner, Andrea Bedoya and Eleonore Filhol, has won this year. The mobile coach should help prevent cell phone addiction.

When asked why they should be fought with a smartphone, Roitzheim explained: "We rely on a deliberate confrontation with the mobile phone. It's like learning to swim: in order not to drain at critical moments, I have to go into the water. "

With contraception, people should be given the opportunity to recognize their problematic usage behavior and be able to treat it with the help of behavioral therapy exercises via the app, said Christina Roitzheim.

Category "Company"

The jury also grilled young entrepreneur Maximilian Greschke, who made it into the final selection with his start-up Recare. He founded the digital platform for discharge management in early 2017.

With the help of its software, hospitals can transfer patients in need of care immediately after discharge into a suitable care facility. So far, this is often still a very analogous and expensive process: people on the phone, send faxes, it takes. This is precisely where Recare starts with an intelligent switching algorithm.

"So the patients are optimally cared for after discharge, do not need to stay in the hospital unnecessarily long," explains the 29-year-old Greschke. Recare already connects more than 130 hospitals with more than 9000 care providers. The founder emphasized proudly: "That's 40 percent of all aftercare workers in Germany." Laudator Brigitte Zypries, former Federal Minister of Economics, congratulated congratulatory: "Congratulations, but I hope I never need your app."

Category "Start-ups"

Frank Böhme, who started his company Scanacs, also presented a smart idea for the healthcare sector. Behind his invention is a solution with great potential: 750 million prescriptions that patients receive for their medication from the doctor are processed annually by the health insurance companies and pharmacies.

While the patient leaves the pharmacy after only a few minutes with his pills in his hand, a bureaucratic monster comes to life in the background. It can take up to twelve months between the drug delivery and the completion of the prescription examination by the health insurance company.

Alone 75 million prescriptions must be checked again by the examiners in the health insurance companies. Throughout the billing process, a recipe is picked up more than ten times.

These are the most innovative ideas from the health world

"A process that consumes time and resources – at the pharmacist and the health insurance," explains Dresdner IT entrepreneur Böhme. "Every year, this process costs a total of 150 million euros." The Scanacs platform is now turning several months into a few seconds – and the pharmacy receives real-time information about the drug's reimbursement potential.

In addition, the Scanacs solution can relieve patients of the task of literally having to exchange doctor's prescriptions and cost estimates between their pharmacy and the health insurance institution on foot. Scanacs digitizes the entire process so patients can get the services they need to recover faster.

The 200 guests at the Health-i event found this innovative approach so convincingly that they chose Scanacs as the winner in the "Start-up" category.

Fresh ideas for the health

More than 500 students, researchers, founders and experienced companies have applied for the award over the past three years, providing the best talents with a stage to present themselves and their ideas.

The two businesswomen Mona Späth and Hanna Jakob were also invited, who help patients with their app to learn to speak again after a stroke. For this digital innovation, her company Neolexon was awarded the Health-i-Award two years ago.

On stage, they told how much the award helped them then. Meanwhile, her app is in use with more than 600 speech therapists, some health insurance companies reimburse the offer and their start-up with a total of seven permanent employees is now profitable.

"We have set ourselves the award to make innovative companies in the healthcare market visible," said Handelsblatt editor-in-chief Sven Afhüppe. "Young companies that want to improve something in the world, we would like to give a platform and help to make them big." Also visibly excited was Jens Baas, head of the Techniker health insurance: "Start-ups and health insurance may fit better together than you think. This shows the evening here. "

Behind the award stands the Health-i-Board, a think tank with experts from business, science and health who support thought leaders and their ideas. The Health-i initiative is under the patronage of Minister of Health Jens Spahn. His stated goal is to turn "good health into better health care". "Patients should be able to experience the benefits of digitization as soon as possible in a tangible and tangible way in the daily work routine," he says. The Health-i initiative of Handelsblatt and TK will follow suit, Spahn continues.

As a scientific partner, the University Medicine Essen is under the leadership of the CEO Jochen Alfred Werner. It evaluates all applications received on the basis of the following criteria: degree of innovation, market attractiveness, competence, unique selling point, financing and business model, competitive intensity and status of the company structure.

More: The winners of the 2018 Health-i Award

The winners of the Health-i-Award 2017

The winners of the Health-i-Award 2016

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