Tele-Board MED

Tele-Board MED in use: Doctor and patient work on the treatment notes together.
Patients can take a copy of their notes home.

Many people feel medical treatments should be improved. In Germany, a new law has been passed in 2013 that points the way.

Cooperation. Doctor and patient shall cooperate as equals throughout the treatment. Thus, it is important to balance out differences in knowledge and to strengthen the patient’s decision-making ability.

Sovereignty of the patient. As a patient, one does not want to be completely at the mercy of the doctor’s. Therefore, the doctor is obliged to explain both situation and treatment options in an understandable manner to the patient. The decision-making authority then lies with the patient.

Transparency of medical records. As a patient, you have the right to access your own medical record. If some piece of content is unintelligible, the doctor needs to explain it.

Documentation. The doctor is obligated to generate a comprehensive medical record that is updated promptly in connection with the treatment.

Error prevention.
For patients, malpractices may have dramatic consequences. Therefore, it is important to establish a successful error prevention culture. An essential step is to ensure careful documentation.

Many of those requirements are not fully met yet. As part of the HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research Program, the team of Prof. Christoph Meinel develops a system for doctors and patients that eases teamwork.

All builds on transparency. Important pieces of information from the patient record are depicted graphically, easy to be seen and understood by both doctor and patient. This overview may also help to prevent errors.  Even the patient can spot some mistakes, e.g. an incorrectly recorded medical history. In addition, the system helps doctors to create a comprehensive documentation in a very time efficient manner.

Currently we are testing Tele-Board MED in psychotherapeutic treatments. Technically, the system is based on Tele-Board, which has been invented and developed at the Hasso Plattner Institute.


  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel
  • Dr. Julia von Thienen
  • M.Sc. Anja Perlich


Book Chapters

Perlich, A., Thienen, J. P. A. von, Wenzel, M. & Meinel, C. (2017). Redesigning Medical Encounters with Tele-Board MED. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design Thinking Research. Taking Breakthrough Innovation Home (101-123). Berlin: Springer. Available online at https://www.springerprofessional.de/redesigning-medical-encounters-with-tele-board-med/10625426

Thienen, J. P. A. von, Perlich, A., Eschrig J. & Meinel, C. (2016). Smart Documentation with Tele-Board MED. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design Thinking Research. Making Design Thinking Foundational (203-233). Berlin: Springer. Available online at https://www.springerprofessional.de/smart-documentation-with-tele-board-med/2466466

Thienen, J. P. A. von, Perlich, A. & Meinel, C. (2015). Tele-Board MED: Supporting 21st-century-medicine for mutual benefit. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design Thinking Research. Building Innovators (101-130). Berlin: Springer. 
Available online at http://www.springerprofessional.de/008---tele-board-med253a-supporting-twenty-first-century-medicine-for-mutual-benefit/5219918.html.

Thienen, J. P. A. von, Noweski, C., Meinel, C., Lang, S., Nicolai, C. & Bartz, A. (2012). What can design thinking learn from behavior group therapy? In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Measuring performance in context (285-302). Berlin: Springer. 
Available online at https://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/fileadmin/user_upload/fachgebiete/meinel/papers/Book_Chapters/What_Can_Design_Thinking_Learn_from_Behavior_Group_Therapy.pdf.



Thienen, J. P. A. von & Meinel, C. (2014). Let’s bring home even more benefits from design thinking: Ideas for an iterated design thinking process model. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research, http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2014/001.

Thienen, J. P. A. von & Meinel, C. (2014). A design thinking process to tackle individual life problems (created for use in behaviour psychotherapy). Electronic colloquium on design thinking research, http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2014/002.


Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Perlich, A., & Meinel, C. (2016). Patient-provider teamwork via cooperative note taking on Tele-Board MEDProceedings of the European Medical Informatics Conference, Exploring Complexity in Health: An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach, 117-121.

Perlich, A., Sapegin, A., & Meinel, C. (2015). Implementation of Data Security Requirements in a Web-Based Application for Interactive Medical DocumentationProceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics (HealthInf 2015), 352–359.

Perlich, A., & Meinel, C. (2015). Automatic Treatment Session Summaries in Psychotherapy – A Step towards Therapist-Patient CooperationProcedia Computer Science, 63, 276–283.

Perlich, A., Thienen, J. P. A. von & Meinel, C. (2014). Supporting talk-based mental health interventions with digital whiteboardsProceedings of the European Medical Informatics Conference, Volume 205, Health technologies and informatics, 433-437.

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