[Current status and future of telemonitoring : Scenarios for telemedical care in 2025]

Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol. 2017 Sep;28(3):245-256. doi: 10.1007/s00399-017-0520-4. Epub 2017 Aug 28.
[Article in German]


Telemonitoring is an already realized implementation of digital transformation in the healthcare system. It has the potential to support and secure a sustainable and comprehensive provision of healthcare for a rising number of chronically ill patients, e. g. patients with chronic heart failure. Remote regions in particular can profit from the benefits of telemonitoring; however, so far telemonitoring services have not become truly established in the German healthcare market. Together with experts from politics, science and practice, a scenario analysis "Health Care System 2025 - A Place for Telemonitoring?" was carried out with the aim to examine the future development of the healthcare market and to draw conclusions for providers of telemonitoring services or devices. The scenario analysis contained two workshops and an expert survey and was supported by a scenario software. The current drivers and barriers of the diffusion of telemonitoring were identified and the most relevant factors that influence the future development of the healthcare market were discussed. Based on those influencing factors, three different scenarios were determined: (1) administrating rather than shaping, (2) safely into the future and (3) interconnected and digital world. In the subsequent consequence analysis activities were defined, which describe the necessary infrastructure, software instruments, organizational structures and provision of services and discuss possible activities, which prepare telemonitoring solutions for the future.

Keywords: Digital transformation; Healthcare system; Scenario analysis; Success factors; Telemedicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / trends
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Forecasting
  • Germany
  • Heart Failure / physiopathology
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Humans
  • National Health Programs / trends
  • Remote Consultation / trends
  • Telemedicine / trends*
  • Telemetry / trends*