Digital therapeutics (DTx): Prescribers fail to provide patients with sufficient information

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What it’s all about

The penetration of digital health applications into the daily prescribing routine of primary care physicians and specialists is taking place only very hesitantly; moreover, many patients do not fill their prescriptions at all or discontinue the DTx use at an early stage. One reason for this lies with the prescribers.

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The three reasons that are really holding back digitization in the ambulatory sector

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What it’s all about

The transformation of work in primary care and specialty practices is making slow progress. Physician representatives and advocacy groups cite immature technology, unsatisfactory reimbursement and unresolved data privacy issues as the main reasons. But these aspects are not causal.

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Toxic mindsets: “Doctors who digitize their work are techies and tinkerers.”

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What it’s all about

For most doctors in private practice, it is clear: colleagues who are already involved with digitisation – i.e. the possibilities outside the TI specifications – are technology freaks and tinkerers. But the reality is different: they are „normal“ physicians, but with foresight, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial qualities.

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GP and specialist consultations: Are doctors driving their patients online?

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What it’s all about

A recent study by the Bitkom umbrella organization shows that many patients are specifically looking for explanatory and further information on the Internet after their visits to the doctor. In addition to a fundamentally increased interest in health, medical professionals are responsible for this with patient conversations in Twitter format.

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Toxic Mindsets in Family and Specialist Practices: „We’re a Team!“

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What it’s all about

„Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.“ (Helen Keller)

They are widespread, catchy, readily accepted without scrutiny because they spare them action and self-reflection, but are false and influence physician action: toxic mindsets in outpatient medicine. One example is the statement, „We are a team.“ No term is used more frequently in the external presentation of medical practices, e.g., on websites, than the term „team.“ Yet the reality is that in most practices, there is no team-based collaboration at all. This has far-reaching negative effects on efficiency, productivity and quality of results.

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Digitization of outpatient medicine: Progress trap „practice management insufficiency“

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What it’s all about

The central goal of the digital transformation of healthcare is to increase the quality of care. But the fulfillment of this objective will fail in the outpatient sector if the practice management insufficiency that prevails here is not eliminated at the same time.

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