Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn experiences holomedicine in a clinical environment

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Jens Spahn and Thomas Kufen experience holomedicine in a clinical environment

apoQlar, UK Essen and Microsoft found the Holomedicine Association.


31th October 2019, UK Essen, Skin Clinic

The University Hospital Essen is to become a flagship project and Germany a pioneer of holomedicine worldwide. These are the goals and demands of the pioneers of holomedicine, apoQlar GmbH and the University Hospital Essen. Federal Health Minister of Germany Jens Spahn and the Mayor of the city Essen Thomas Kufen informed themselves about the project and tried the VSI-Virtual Surgery Intelligence in the operating room of the Department of Dermatology of the University Hospital Essen.

The VSI can be operated with mixed reality glasses, such as the HoloLens from Microsoft, completely hands-free through gestures and voice commands. The two politicians see a SPECT/CT, a medical recording that uses a radiopharmaceutical to mark lymph nodes. These images are 2-dimensional layered images. The VSI automatically converts them into 3D images and superimposes them virtually on the patient. In this way, the lymph nodes of the melanoma patient to be operated on can be located and removed in a targeted manner.

“Holomedicine can be used in many different ways in dermatology and, for example, will sustainably optimize sentinel lymph node surgery,” says Prof. Stoffels, senior physician at the Clinic for Dermatology at  the University Hospital Essen. Holomedicine also offers enormous advantages in terms of safety, quality and patient care in OR planning, telesurgery and patient education.

The founding members of the new Holomedicine Association met locally and discussed how the University Hospital Essen can become a global lighthouse project and pioneer for Holomedicine, how other German hospitals can follow in order to guarantee a comprehensive increase in patient safety and care, to achieve high-quality multimedia training for doctors and to make Germany a global leader in medical technology.

Foundation of Holomedicine Association

apoQlar, University Hospital Essen and Microsoft have signed the foundation of the Holomedicine Association, an international union for Holomedicine. Deutsche Telekom and other hospitals worldwide have signaled their interest. The aim of the association is to provide information about the potential applications of this still young technology and to demonstrate the potential of holomedical applications. In addition, the association is working with medical experts and politicians to create the framework conditions for their application and integration into digitized medicine. The association attaches great importance to setting high standards in terms of medical quality, patient safety and data protection. In addition, information and training will be provided to prepare medical staff for the new holomedical applications.