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eMEN Newsletter summer 2018

This latest newsletter informs you about the eMEN project: e-mental health in NW-Europe. Read about StopBlues, an app to to manage psychological distress and suicide prevention in France, HappyCare – an online tool to promote resilience in employees (Belgium), recent seminars in Edinburgh and Düsseldorf and eMental Health policy around Europe. Download the pdf.

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Award for E-COMPARED Germany: Erlanger Medizinpreis 2017

The non-profit association “Gesundheit und Medizin in Erlangen e.V” (Health and Medicine in Erlangen) awards every year innovative projects that help to improve the health care in Erlangen. Erlangen is the hometown of the Friedrich-Alexander-University, where the German project team conducted the study in cooperation with general practitioners in the metropolitan area Erlangen-Nuremberg. The project took place from 01/01/14 to 06/30/17. This award honors extraordinary performances in the field of health promotion and prevention as well as innovations concerning diagnostic, therapy and public health care.

The German E-COMPARED team – under the lead of Ingrid Titzler and PD Dr. habil David Ebert – received the award “Erlanger Medizinpreis 2017” in the category medical care at the 20thanniversary of the non-profit association on November the 22nd2017. Please find the certificate on our website (

The aim of the E-Compared ( study was to test and evaluate blended therapy for depression as new and innovative approach to treat depression. This therapy form consists of mobile- and internet-based parts and face-to face sessions based on concepts of the cognitive behavioral therapy. This new approach promises to shorten the long waiting periods for psychotherapy in Germany. Another innovative contribution is the use of a mobile app to integrate mood and activity ratings in the treatment of depression. The new therapy concept provides an effective outpatient treatment for depression (Titzler, Berking, Riper & Ebert, in prep), which is highly accepted by therapists (Titzler et al., 2018, and general practitioners (Titzler et al., in prep). Case reports will be published to give insights how blended therapy was conducted by therapists for depression treatment (Titzler, Egle, Berking & Ebert, in prep).

We are very happy and honored by the award!

For further information about our German project or planned publications, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Ingrid Titzler, M.Sc. (+4991318567567,

Can e-health technologies improve adherence to treatment for patients with lung diseases?

The VU University of Amsterdam is conducting a systematic literature review concerning the question of whether E-health technologies can improve adherence to treatment for patients with lung diseases. Specifically, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and obstructive sleep apnea. The review is commissioned by the Dutch National Healthcare Institute.

Appropriate healthcare
In 2013, the Dutch National Healthcare Institute started a program which is about providing appropriate healthcare (‘Zinnige zorg’). Every person in the Netherlands is entitled to health care offered in the basic healthcare insurance package. The National HealthCare Institute determines and advises on which types of health care are included in this package. As part of their program they are screening all healthcare interventions that are offered as part of the basic healthcare insurance package, with the aim of identifying and removing inefficient an unnecessary care, in order to enhance the quality of care, improve health, and reduce unnecessary costs.
The department of cardiovascular- and lung diseases has raised the question of whether E-health can be used as an instrument to enhance patient adherence to therapies for lung diseases.

E-health interventions to enhance patient adherence
E-health is a promising means to address the relatively poor adherence to therapies for patients with lung diseases. For example, think about electronic medication reminders, education material delivered by a mobile app or e-mail, websites with interactive modules and psychoeducation about patient adherence and outcomes, and automated or personalized SMS feedback on patients’ adherence to therapy.

Systematic literature review
A systematic review of the literature is conducted to investigate whether E-health technologies can improve adherence to healthcare interventions for patients with lung diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and obstructive sleep apnea. The search focuses on relevant studies as published in peer-reviewed academic journals, published from 2000 onwards, and written in English or Dutch. Besides the add-on value of E-health with respect to enhancing patient adherence, relationships between patient adherence and health outcomes are examined.

A systematic literature search has been conducted in several electronic databases. Over 3000 articles were identified with the search. Currently, all titles and abstracts are being screened for eligibility in the review. Next, a full-text analysis will be conducted for all eligible articles on the topic. The review will provide an overview of which E-health interventions have been investigated, and the extent to which these have been successful in improving patient adherence to therapies for asthma, COPD, and sleep apnea. If possible, a meta-analysis will be conducted.

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Heleen Riper, VU University Amsterdam
Principal investigator: Dr. Jiska Aardoom, VU University Amsterdam
Assistent investigator: Lisa Loheide-Niessman, VU University Amsterdam
Commissioning party: Dr. Hans Ossebaard Dutch National Healthcare Institute

Save the date: E-Mental-Health Implementation

E-Mental-Health Implementation: The digital revolution in mental healthcare

Monday, June, 11th 2018 I 12.00–16.00 h
Haus der Universität Düsseldorf | Schadowplatz 14| 40212 Düsseldorf | Germany

E-mental health has proven its potential: patient empowerment, cost-effectiveness, independency of time and place are only some of its benefits. All over Europe, national and transnational initiatives, research projects or networks are evolving. However, the implementation of e-mental health in routine care in Germany is proceeding slowly. Frameworks which ensure and enhance successful implementation of high quality and safe e-mental health applications are missing. Designs for sustainable implementation into real-world settings are required.

How can these implementation challenges of e-mental health be mastered? What are admission requirements for the healthcare market in Germany? What is needed to bridge the gap between research and practice? How can quality and safety of e-mental health applications be ensured? And what are best practice examples?

These topics and questions around the use of digital applications in mental healthcare will be targeted at our event on June, 11th 2018, in Düsseldorf. We cordially invite you to join us for an interesting day of talks and discussions. We expect participants from the areas of health care, science, politics and development. The seminar is free of charge – registration in advance is required. Please register online at A detailed programme and location plan will be provided soon. A certification according to the German CME system has been applied for.

MedTech Award Dutch Prix Galien

In 2018 the Dutch Prix Galien has its 25th anniversary. For the first time in their existence, Prix Galien has launched a special MedTech Award. This award, a gold medal, will be given to a valuable innovation in the medical and care field, such as equipment, diagnostics, e-health soluitons, robotics, domotica, wearables, remote monitoring, telemedecine, serious gaming, simulation, big data, digitalizing care, virtual & augmented reality en ATMP (Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products).

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