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Reimbursement summary for angioplasty of arteries of lower extremities

This post presents an extract from our reimbursement analysis for angioplasty of arteries lower extremities using plain and drug-coated balloons (DCBs) for peripheral artery disease in England, France and Germany. Plain balloon angioplasty is reimbursement via DRG solely and DCBs are reimbursement via combination of DRG and add-on reimbursement.
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New Artificial Intelligence imaging program launched in Germany

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has launched a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) imaging priority program "Radiomics: Next Generation Medical Imaging" (“Radiomics: Nächste Generation der medizinischen Bildgebung”). More than 8 million euros will flow into the program in the next three years. The program will be coordinated by the University Hospital Freiburg.

The aim of the program is to automatically evaluate medical imaging data and thus to obtain new image information for diagnostics. With AI and radiomics in radiology, it is already possible to analyze changes in tissue structures much faster, or even to discover what cannot be reached by the human eye.

Radiomics is the term used to describe IT-supported biomedical data processing, with the aim of obtaining more comprehensive image information. The overall objective of the described program is to provide even more meaningful images using high-throughput imaging and post-processing IT. It is expected that the program will provide an increasingly more comfortable search for extensive and complex data collections for precise patterns. In this way, comparable patient cases and suitable therapies can be searched for, making radiology an essential component on the path to personalized medicine.

It is expected that such high-throughput methods will open up new possibilities for personalized medicine. 17 projects will be funded throughout Germany, several of them at the University Medical Center Freiburg, further projects will be carried out in Munich, Tübingen, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Cologne, Bonn, Jülich, Essen, Bremen, Berlin, and Leipzig.

The DFG is a German research funding organization, supporting research in science, engineering, and the humanities through a variety of grant programs, prizes and by funding infrastructure.

The full details in German can be found here.

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