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Digital Rheumatology

Edited by: Professor Thomas Hugle, Dr Johannes Knitza and Dr Martin Krusche

Digitalisation is transforming medicine, both for patients and physicians. Mobile health including apps, telemedicine and artificial intelligence are entering the field rapidly. This process is fostered by the current pandemic, obviously requiring more autonomy and flexibility of patients and doctors.

Digital transformation in health care notably affects patients with chronic disorders and long, interdisciplinary patient journeys. In rheumatology, most immune-mediated, degenerative or chronic pain disorders are chronic. Thus our patients likely will get in contact with digital solutions and hopefully there will be improved patient care.

This collection is dedicated to the topic Digital Rheumatology. The aim of this series is to collect articles on new digital tools and solutions and to describe their practical use and implementation in rheumatic patient care. 

  1. Mobile medical applications (Apps) offer innovative solutions for patients’ self-monitoring and new patient management opportunities. Prior to routine clinical application feasibility and acceptance of disease...

    Authors: Jutta G. Richter, Christina Nannen, Gamal Chehab, Hasan Acar, Arnd Becker, Reinhart Willers, Dörte Huscher and Matthias Schneider

    Citation: Arthritis Research & Therapy 2021 23:121

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Timely diagnosis and treatment are essential in the effective management of inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRDs). Symptom checkers (SCs) promise to accelerate diagnosis, reduce misdiagnoses, and guide patien...

    Authors: Johannes Knitza, Jacob Mohn, Christina Bergmann, Eleni Kampylafka, Melanie Hagen, Daniela Bohr, Harriet Morf, Elizabeth Araujo, Matthias Englbrecht, David Simon, Arnd Kleyer, Timo Meinderink, Wolfgang Vorbrüggen, Cay Benedikt von der Decken, Stefan Kleinert, Andreas Ramming…

    Citation: Arthritis Research & Therapy 2021 23:112

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  3. Radiographs of the sacroiliac joints are commonly used for the diagnosis and classification of axial spondyloarthritis. The aim of this study was to develop and validate an artificial neural network for the de...

    Authors: Keno K. Bressem, Janis L. Vahldiek, Lisa Adams, Stefan Markus Niehues, Hildrun Haibel, Valeria Rios Rodriguez, Murat Torgutalp, Mikhail Protopopov, Fabian Proft, Judith Rademacher, Joachim Sieper, Martin Rudwaleit, Bernd Hamm, Marcus R. Makowski, Kay-Geert Hermann and Denis Poddubnyy

    Citation: Arthritis Research & Therapy 2021 23:106

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  4. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), as a common inflammatory rheumatic disease, often causes depression and impaired health-related quality of life (QoL). Although positive effects of patient education have been demo...

    Authors: Yuqing Song, Xia Xie, Yanling Chen, Ying Wang, Hui Yang, Anliu Nie and Hong Chen

    Citation: Arthritis Research & Therapy 2021 23:72

    Content type: Research article

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