Health apps now available on prescription in Germany

Two healthcare apps can now be prescribed by doctors in Germany with the costs covered by statutory insurance.

The two apps are Kalmeda, which aims to help with tinnitus, and Velibra, a digital therapy programme for anxiety. 

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Digital health experts Jan Bordon and Gabor Kiss from Simon-Kucher & Partners say that while this presents a great opportunity for the digital healthcare industry, it also carries a degree of risk, particularly where price negotiations are concerned.