Telemedicine is still in primary stage in Germany. Electronic monitoring of people’s pulse, blood sugar, blood pressure and weight could soon make life easier for many sick people and may even save lives. The better the treatment the higher the survival rates, said Dirk Ronneberger, head of the Telemedicine Centre for the German Institute of Chronic Heart Diseases in Bamberg. This reduces the use of emergency doctors and hospital stays. It improves the standard of life for patients. Telemedicine focuses primarily on people with chronic heart disease, mainly because the number of people with the disease is increasing, says Ronneberger. But the new technology can also be used for diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma or certain kinds of lung disease. The patients are usually equipped with a telephone, scales and electronic devices to measure blood pressure and pulse.