Persons covered by statutory health insurance have the right to receive early diagnosis services (§§ 20I to 23, 25, 25a, 26 German Social Security Code V, SGB V). These include the “Check-up 35” procedure, health examinations for young people, vaccinations, early detection examinations to look for signs of tooth, mouth and jaw disease, support during pregnancy and post-natal care. The health insurance companies supplement this provision by offering individual optional benefits and bonus systems.
The early detection measures are voluntary, and not all insured persons avail themselves of them. There is no statutory reminder system, and doctors charge additional fees for the delivery of health awareness schemes.
Young families with children aged under 18 usually only have access to one-off or thematically specific information services (medical consultations, apps, online provision, articles etc.). The topics which families face are multifarious in nature and difficult to encapsulate.
Many serious disease progressions would be avoidable if patients received prior awareness information and if timely and regular use was made of existing care provision.
Preventative check-up’s are insufficiently utilised. Digital reminders do not yet offer a degree of support which takes account of the necessary complexity involved and do not access insurance company specific billing data.
Use existing health insurance company data to create a digital reminder system for families with children aged under 18 which covers complex awareness measures, scheduling, monitoring of take-up and medical consultations.