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Insuring Digital Health – Partners4Patients 2020

On 6 October 2020 digital health start-ups met representatives of well-known health insurance companies to exchange ideas about patient-oriented solutions for the digital health care of tomorrow.

Digitalisation in the healthcare sector has opened up a wide range of opportunities for various stakeholders such as health insurance funds, insurance companies, patients, and service providers. To this end, EIT Health Germany partnered with 5-HT Digital Hub Chemistry & Health for the second year in a row, to offer a platform for connection between these stakeholders and a selection of start-ups from both portfolios. This year, the focus of the Insuring Digital Health event is patient-oriented solutions for the digital health care of tomorrow.

On 6 October 2020, the event brought together start-ups and health insurers over pitch sessions, speed dating and networking opportunities, with the aim to present high tech solutions with high patient relevance and cost reduction potential for the healthcare system and integrate innovative solutions from start-ups in the field of digital health into the service portfolio of the health insurance companies.

The event started with opening speeches by the organizers, Dr. Michael Lüttgen, EIT Health Germany, and Dr. Frank Funke, 5-HT Digital Hub Chemistry & Health, and the attention was quickly transferred to the keynote speaker. This year, Dr. Lutz Hager, deputy managing director of zeroPRAXEN, talked on the topic of “The great transformation? – Innovations in outpatient care” and gave a good and practical insight into the current situation and possibilities of digital applications in outpatient care in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.

A short round of introductions by the representatives of the health insurance companies and the pitches of the start-ups was followed by speed dating, in which individual questions could be discussed in bilateral exchange.

“I am pleased that we have again received great feedback from the participants this year with Insuring Digital Health. With Insuring Digital Health, we have developed a matchmaking format together with the Digital Hub 5-HAT that brings health start-ups into a direct and intensive dialogue with the leading health insurance companies. There is a great opportunity to introduce innovative products that have already been developed close to the market into the real world of healthcare in 1:1 discussions. Health insurances, as well as start-ups, love the format because it enables an intensive exchange about the state of the art innovations in a short time.” concludes Michael Luettgen, EIT Health Germany. 

Impressions from the participants:

“ Innovations are problem solvers. They are also central to improving health care. Against this background, the format provides important impulses by bringing together innovators and ideas from different areas. It is particularly gratifying that COVID-19 cannot slow down this innovation process either.” (Florian Brandt, IKK Southwest)

“The event was really great, thank you very much for the opportunity.” (Pascal Lindemann, LIME )

“That was a really good event today, thank you very much for that and that we were able to present ourselves that way. With us, everything went really well technically and two conversations, in particular, were very promising.” (Beatrix Reiss, comuny)