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Three more health apps obtained reimbursement in Germany
On December 26, 2022, three more health apps were introduced in the Directory of digital health applications (DiGAs) at the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and thus became reimbursable. These apps can be prescribed by physicians and psychotherapists and will be reimbursed by sickness funds.
The “edupression.com®” reimbursable health app was introduced in the Directory. The “edupression.com®”, developed by SOFY GmbH, Austria, consists of the edupression.com® system, with edupression.com® psychoeducation and edupression.com® mood diagram. The system is a web-based software that can be called up and accessed from any platform using standard browsers with an Internet connection (Software-as-a-Service). The application guides the patients with dep through the program along the "Activity Feeds" and plays out multimedia information and exercises from psychodeduction for self-help daily. It also contains elements of computer-based cognitive behavioral therapy. The app is available in German and English with a tariff of €357 (first subscription) and €178.50 (renewal of the subscription).
“elona therapy depression”, developed by Elona Health GmbH, Germany, is a digital health app for outpatient psychotherapy that intelligently combines digital interventions and regular talk therapy, thus supporting the treatment of unipolar depression. Patients have access to tailored psychotherapeutic resources between therapy sessions, including interventions, activities, exercises, and psychoeducational content. The app is available in German with a tariff of €535.49.
“Kaia COPD”, developed by kaia health software GmbH, is a digital app for adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), developed together with pulmonologists. It conveys evidence-based and guideline-compliant content of pulmonary rehabilitation to improve physical performance and health-related quality of life. “Kaia COPD” consists of the following therapy elements: movement, patient education as well as relaxation, and breathing techniques. The contents are based on the recommendations of the National COPD Care Guideline. The app is available in German and English with a tariff of €415.
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