Those numbers square with figures from local and international companies offering telemedical services since the onset of coronavirus. Munich’s TeleClinic has seen growth of over 250 percent, while another firm from the city, jameda, boasts of having increased business by over 1,000 percent. Swedish medical start-up KRY’s consultations shot up by 350 percent between February and March 2020, and France’s Doctolib has more than doubled the number of German doctors on their service.
“The pandemic has seen both doctors and patients experience how helpful digital applications like video consultations can be,” says Doctolib’s managing director Ilias Tsimpoulis.
Not just a corona trend
Notwithstanding the pandemic, it was perhaps inevitable that Germany, ranked second to last in a 2018 Bertelsmann Foundation telemedicine study, would make up ground. In a 2019 survey, one third of those asked said they were willing to use telemedicine, and around half of younger Germans under the age of 45 viewed the idea favorably.
Thus, even before Covid there was plenty of business potential. In its 2019 health industry report, financial services company MLP found that 89 percent of doctors in Germany expected the number of telemedicine services on offer to rise, while 78 percent predicted that patients would increasingly use them.