Germany committed to state-of-the-art digital healthcare

The German government is committed to developing a digital healthcare system that features the best technology on offer. At the Digital Summit in June, the country's Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, and the Minister of Health, Hermann Gröhe, announced further measures for pursuing the digitization of healthcare, including the E-Health Law and an initiative dedicated to medical information technology.  Meanwhile, Germany's Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, has proposed making EUR 500 million available for fostering the digitization of hospitals and university clinics.

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Digital technology is revolutionizing healthcare around the globe, including in Germany. An innovative global leader in medical technology, Germany is responding to the rapidly changing technological climate, as are its competitors. Earlier this year, a survey by Rochus Mummert Healthcare Consulting reported that companies and healthcare providers are engaged in and progressing with many digitization projects.

This latest German government program includes three elements. One is establishing a "digital health dialogue platform," in order to rapidly foster the availability and evaluation of big data for patient care. Access to this platform will be available to all those responsible for healthcare – including members of the scientific and business communities. The second is advancing the use of what is known as the "electronic patient files," to support research and care in the interest of patients. The third measure is increased promotion of digitization projects that have the potential to contribute to advances in healthcare, for example, to achieve breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer.

HEALTH MADE IN GERMANY is right at the heart of these developments. The initiative's Digital Health Working Group provides frequent input into HEALTH MADE IN GERMANY's programs and events. Its members are among the leading associations representing companies active in digital health. They are: Germany's Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom), the German Association of Health IT Vendors (bvitg), the German Hospital Federation (DKG), the National Association for eHealth and Telemedicine (NEST) and the German Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI).