EIT Health Germany Think Tank 2019

Optimising Innovation Pathways:
Future Proofing for Success

The EIT Health Think Tank 2019 drove analysis and insight into the innovation pathways across multiple European regions, and provided recommendations for removing barriers and speeding up the process of delivering innovations to patients and citizens. In recent years there has been rapid growth in the field of medical and health technology. This changing landscape poses new challenges in terms of development, validation, implementation, usability and adoption of new health technologies. In light of this ever-changing external environment in which innovative solutions aim to launch, the task of ‘Optimising Innovation Pathways: Future Proofing for Success’ was chosen as the Think Tank’s Roundtable Series topic for 2019.

The German edition of the 2019 EIT Health Think Tank Roundtable focused on healthcare innovation in the field of “Digital Health” and saw broad participation of representatives from the majority of the different actors in the German healthcare system (insurances, payer organisations, patient organisations, providers and innovators). In the context of this roundtable discussion the term “Digital Health Innovation” referred to innovative software-based solutions, medical devices and wellness products, with the panel discussing the current innovation pathway for these innovations in Germany, barriers that exist along this pathway, as well as suggesting, analysing and ranking opportunities for improvement.


The Digital Health Innovation Pathway

the current pathway for innovative “Digital Health” products to enter the German market reflects the usual innovation development sequence: ideation, development, market entry, and adoption. (Figure 1) However, based on its assessment of the speed of the development of “Digital Health” products the innovation pathway ought to be adapted to match the speed of development of “Digital Health” products.



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Watch a recap of the 2019 EIT Health Germany Think Tank!

We thank all the participants of the 2019 EIT Health Germany Think Tank  (left to right)

Jared Sebhatu (Smart Helios GmbH), Dr. Martin Danner (BAG Selbsthilfe), Mayra Marin (EIT Health Thin Tank Manager), Miguel Amador (Researcher), Dr. Katharina Ladewig (Managing Director EIT Health Germany), Prof Dr. Holger Pfaff (GBA Innovationsauschuss – Institut für Medizinsoziologie, Versorgungsforschung, Medizinische Fakultät der Universität zu Köln), Prof. Finn Børlum Kristensen MD, PhD (Meeting Chair), Prof. Alexander Ehlers MD, jur. (Meeting Moderator), Prof. Dr. Freimut Schliess (Profil Institut für Stoffwechselforschung), Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Storck (Karlsruher Institut für Technology, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik),  Sameena Conning (Director Public Affairs EIT Health), Andreas Vogt (Techniker Krankenkasse, Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg), Karen Wolstencroft (Rapporteur), Kai Sonntag ( Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Baden-Württemberg), Manuel Mandler ( Gothaer Krankenversicherung AG).

The EIT Health Think Tank Series will continue in 2020. Stay tuned!

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