Medgate Deutschland established - RHÖN KLINIKUM AG and Medgate sign foundation agreement

(lifePR) ( Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale/Basel, )
On 3 December 2019 RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG and Medgate signed the notarised agreement establishing Medgate Deutschland GmbH, and appointed Verena Weißenseel as the company's Managing Director. Business operations of Medgate Deutschland are slated to begin in the first half of 2020. The telemedical centre providing the services (Medgate Tele Clinic) will have its registered office in Berlin.

Anyone falling ill can grab their smart phone and get medical advice and treatment by phone or video. Patients can access the services in two ways: either by using the Medgate App or contacting the patient reception of Medgate Tele Clinic by phone. What has been a reality in Switzerland for many years already will soon also be possible in Germany. It is for that purpose that Medgate Deutschland GmbH was officially founded today. RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG holds the majority stake in the company with an interest of 51%, with 49% being held by Medgate.

Verena Weißenseel appointed Managing Director

Verena Weißenseel will take over the management of the newly founded company. Weißenseel was previously Head of Corporate Development at RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG and already a year ago assumed the project management for Medgate's market entry to Germany. Weißenseel has outstanding knowledge of the German healthcare market as well as extensive experience in developing and establishing new medical services and offerings.

Regarding her new task Verena Weißenseel noted: "I am very much looking forward to the new challenge and am convinced that with our offering in the area of telemedicine and digital health we can make an important contribution towards improving the healthcare system. We are gearing our offering to the requirements of an increasingly digitalised society and its need for efficient, high-quality and fast healthcare provision."

Stephan Holzinger, Chairman of the Board of Management of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG, said: "Over the past months Ms. Weißenseel, working together with Medgate, has successfully advanced the preparations for the operative launch of Medgate Deutschland with tremendous commitment. RHÖN-KLINIKUM is expanding its value chain with the telemedicine offer: digital before outpatient before inpatient. In this way we are creating a modern care offer for patients."

Path cleared for market entry

The most important preparations for market entry were already implemented over the past months: the legal framework conditions for provision of services were clarified, the technological infrastructure for the local application in Germany was developed and the recruiting process for the staff was initiated. Moreover, we have established close and promising contacts with potential customers, having already succeeded in acquiring a reputable private hospital insurance company as a customer. Likewise, we have begun establishing a partner network with community-based service providers so as to offer patients and insured persons comprehensive service going beyond tele-consultation.

In a first step, the offering is addressed to private health insurance companies and self-payers. There are also plans to work together with statutory health insurance funds as well as to expand the offering. The structures for providing telemedical and digital services will be established along the same lines as the Swiss business model, giving due regard to the legislative framework in Germany.

About Medgate

Medgate focuses on digital healthcare solutions to bring the physician to where he or she is needed by patients. Emphasis is also placed on the well-being of patients as well as on the benefit for society in general. Medgate was established in 1999 and currently employs over 330 employees in Switzerland, of 3 von 3 whom over 100 are physicians. Since 2000 Medgate has been operating its teleclinic which is the largest telemedical centre in Europe. Medgate therefore possesses a large amount of experience and knowledge in the field of telemedicine. Consultations on the patient's doorstep are carried out in Medgate's miniclinics where there are also physicians available in clinics by Medgate's network of partners.

Medgate's well-established concept is also exported abroad where Medgate is active in various countries such as the UAE, Philippines, India and the Czech Republic.
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