Cindy has a helping hand for the next couple of months with Aaron Jungmann, who is joining us on an internship program for digitalhealth research sponsored out of Germany.

Every time an analysis runs with the digitalhealth service, each and every intervention recommendation represents hundreds of data points and references to meet the criteria for being evidence-based and relevant to an individual.

Cindy and Aaron are presently working through Relora as an intervention, drawing from Pubmed and all the other research resources. Adding Relora as an intervention is several days of work, but then all that research is affordably and relevantly available to digitalhealth clients and enshrined in Cindy’s clinical practice.

Endnote is the usual means for Cindy to store research and have it available for clients, but this new means to apply research does much more of the heavy lifting, freeing up time to achieve more in consultations.

Win win for everyone, but a huge investment in time.

Aaron is in his final year graduating as a Medical Doctor in Germany and is broadening his practical experience working with Cindy.

We appreciate his help and it’s nice to be getting some meaningful government assistance for non-acute preventative healthcare relevant to the motivated. Germany walking the walk investing in the next generation to make independent choices about what innovation means.

As a footnote, this isn’t our first positive experience with Germany. In the 1970s Neil, was a 5 year old with blood poisoning and was on the brink of having a leg amputated. As family lore would have it, a German intern arrived in Dunedin hospital and coincidentally on the week before departure from Heidelburg had attended a course on the massive use of penicillin for these circumstances. Through a quirk of fate, the leg was saved (and it has been very handy). Tübingen where Aaron is studying is just down the road from Heidelburg.

Rheinland Pfalz just around the corner is also the area where Neil subsequently lived for a year as an exchange student in 84/85. Neil visited the geology department in Heidelburg University in 1984 and observed a bank of MRI scanners available to the faculty there; NZ at the time was fund raising for it’s first hospital MRI. West Germany in 84/85 (i.e. before the Berlin wall came down) was massively resourced and outrageously interesting for a teenager from Oamaru.