The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts supported the establishment of a telemedicine coordination office in Baden-Württemberg with funds totalling 600,000 euros (“Central Innovative Telemedicine-assisted Healthcare Network in Baden-Württemberg”). The coordination office was run by Prof. Dr. Gerald Weisser. BIOPRO was a partner of the Telemedicine Baden-Württemberg network.
The coordinating office pooled telemedicine skills in Baden-Württemberg and acted as the point of contact for anyone who planned a project in the field of telemedicine or was looking for partners for telemedicine projects. A comprehensive database was set up to collect information on the projects and skills of everyone involved in telemedicine in Baden-Württemberg. As a central point of contact, the coordination office was an excellent platform for bringing together users and suppliers, IT service providers and medical device manufacturers. With regard to the sustainability of telemedicine projects, i.e. their assimilation as standard treatment, the project also dealed with the financing of telemedicine applications once funding had come to an end and enabled an active exchange of ideas and information with funding agencies (e.g. insurance companies).
Detailed information about the Baden-Württemberg Telemedicine Coordination Office is available at www.telemedbw.de. With the assistance of BIOPRO Baden- Württemberg, this website provides information about the various telemedicine projects in Baden-Württemberg. Regular events based on core telemedicine themes complement the (future) services of the coordination office.
The coordination office is located at the Institute of Medical Technology (IMT), which is jointly run by the Heidelberg University Faculty of Medicine in Mannheim and Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. In addition to BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg, the city of Mannheim is also a partner in the project.