Johannes Jacubeit
2016, Germany
Critical medical information ironically gets jammed where the sharing of this information is truly critical: between doctors and patients. This medical doctor wants to change that.

Patient consultations can be sobering for doctors. John Jacubeit has experienced this time and again during his tenure as a practicing sports physician: "One asks a new patient, 'Which tablets are you taking at present?' He answers: 'White ones.' One goes on to ask, 'When was the last time you had a tetanus shot?' He answers, 'Some time ago.'," he recounts.

Two things became clear to him during those consultations. First: medicine is partially still stuck in the 20th century when medical records were locked away inside the PCs of medical clinics and offices. Second: He wanted to be the one to eliminate this deficiency.

The idea is for doctors to transmit their findings from the PCs at their offices to the patient´s smartphone. This way, patients are always in possession of their own medical history, and tough interviews can become a thing of the past. In June of 2014, he first developed his app, using his self-taught programming skills. In October of 2014, he founded the company Connected Health and, in collaboration with some colleagues, began to develop the necessary hardware: the Lifetime Hub.  This small, white device connects to the patient´s smartphone and delivers PDF and image files as well as medical image data in DCM format from the doctor´s PC. Both the transmission and the app are encrypted.

Meanwhile, the basic idea has already convinced quite a few. The city of Hamburg (Germany) has participated by contributing with its development funds, as well as a doctor as a business angel. Even medical practices are involved: 50 are already participating in the system´s testing phase, in addition to the University ofHamburg-Eppendorf Medical Center. The market is large: In Germany alone, there are 120,000 doctors, not counting hospitals.

The system consisting of app and hub can be used anywhere, Jacubeit emphasizes. "It works with any computer and any medical practice software in the world, whether in the US or in Africa." ​​Should Connected Health succeed, the start-up would have accomplished a feat that previously barely any digital system in the healthcare sector have managed to do: facilitate diagnoses and treatment - while also giving the patient the control over his own data. 

Text in German from its original source: MIT Technology Review German edition