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Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2019 Apr;144(7):457-462. doi: 10.1055/a-0740-8692. Epub 2019 Mar 29.

[Digital Health in Respiratory Medicine - Current Status].

[Article in German; Abstract available in German from the publisher]

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Klinik für Pneumologie und Internistische Intensivmedizin; Uniklinik RWTH Aachen.
Klinik für Pneumologie und Beatmungsmedizin (i.R.), Klinikum Würzburg Mitte, Würzburg.
Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Essen.
Lungenzentrum Ulm/Schlaf- und Beatmungszentrum Blaubeuren, Ulm.
Philipps-Universität Marburg (Standort Schönau), Deutsches Zentrum für Lungenforschung (DZL), Schön Klinik Berchtesgadener Land.
Lehrkrankenhaus der Philipps Universität Marburg.
Lehrstuhl für pneumologische Rehabilitation, Phillips Universität Marburg.


in English, German

Everyday life is increasingly influenced by digitization. Digitization creates large, often unstructured amounts of data ("big data"), which have been used in consumer industry for years, but yet not widely in medicine. For pulmonology, digitization offers opportunities and risks in different areas like obstructive lung diseases, thoracic oncology, pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep medicine, home mechanical ventilation, and in intensive care medicine. One of the opportunities is that the use of new technologies such as telemedicine and medical apps and the analysis of this new support make it possible to better understand and manage diseases. One of the key advantages is the use of "big data" for displaying dynamic behavior ("trajectories" = movement paths), to better understand disease processes, and to optimize patient management by using analytic techniques such as machine learning. Risks to be considered are data privacy and security as well as the use of artificial intelligence. The vision is to enable precision medicine in pulmonology.


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Disclosure The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.

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