How did you come up with the idea for the platform?
Eberhardt: Everyone at CareNext has had a personal connection to the subject. Along the way, we noticed the challenges in finding the right care setting for our loved ones. During our studies, we debated how a technical solution could make it easier to find the appropriate post-hospital care for private individuals.
During our investigation, we discovered that this idea is actually more relevant for hospitals since 70 percent of patients in need of continuity of care originate in hospitals and are typically not based on private initiatives.
Prior to this, did your team have any health care connection?
Eberhardt: Our background is in computer science but since we receive funding as part of the EXIST program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, our mentors at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology also come from the hospital and care sector.
How long has the platform been around?
Eberhardt: It has been in development for about a year and in practical application for three months. To this point, we have been working with the Clinic Fürth – a so-called maximum care provider as outlined in the German three-tier system – and multiple smaller, primary care facilities in the region.
What do you want to get out of your MEDICA trade fair participation?
Eberhardt: Needless to say, we want to attract potential buyers or partners for our product, intensify the communication and exchange as it pertains to transitional care and meet people who can help us look at the issue from different perspectives.