Better decisions thanks to the digital record

Without monitoring her physical and performance data, training and competitions would be unthinkable for Laura Philipp. A digital insurance record could store all that information along with her medical data. We asked Laura what she thinks about it as a professional athlete and how she would benefit from that kind of record.

The 31-year-old physiotherapist is the fastest German triathlete on the Ironman distance. Between competition and training camps he professional athlete lives with her husband and coach Philipp Seipp and dog Nino in the German town of Heidelberg.

In 2018 Laura Philipp not only won the competition at Barcelona. With a time of 8:34:87 hours she catapulted herself to the top of German triathletes.



In your opinion, what should an insurance record do?

An insurance record should securely store my data. Beyond that, I expect more information that I can provide to my doctors. If I get sick, I think better decisions can be made for me that way—especially in an interdisciplinary exchange of information. And the doctors will have a holistic view of my health and medical data. That might keep procedures from being duplicated.


As a professional athlete, you get checkups regularly. What do you expect the record to do for you in that area?

It should be used for my benefit. It would be really simple if, say, the results from my regular doping tests — which include blood work — could be available to my primary care doctor.


Training and competition generate a huge volume of physical measurements. Would you also include those in the record?

That’s a good question. I wouldn’t do it without some limitations. It really depends on the individual situation, but for some measurements, it definitely makes sense to put them in an insurance record. Since I would be recording and using that data in training anyway, I could pull it up and discuss it with my doctors if I’m getting treatment for something.


Would it be useful for you to have this kind of digital file with you for all the times when you travel?

Yes, that would be a real plus if something happened to me on the road. In that case, the main thing I would care about is having all the really important details on hand at all times—like blood type, previous illnesses, immunizations, intolerances, surgeries, imaging tests, etc.