Strategic and international cooperation projects: Networking workshop on digital technologies for healthcare applications.

Nine strategic and international cooperation projects exchanged views on challenges in the use of digital technologies in the health sector. Potential synergies were identified together with the program support of the DLR Projektträger.

Networking workshop on digital technologies for healthcare applications
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Networking workshop on digital technologies for healthcare applications

Digital technologies are increasingly finding their way into applications in the healthcare sector: doctors can be supported in their diagnoses, analyses and scans can be evaluated more accurately, and treatments can be assisted or carried out remotely. However, the healthcare sector, with its sensitive conditions and resulting strict regulations, also poses special requirements.

On October 18 and 19, the program support of the DLR Projektträger invited representatives of nine strategic and international projects to a networking workshop on health applications at the Forum Digitale Technologien in Berlin. During the two-day workshop, all projects presented their projects, highlighted specific common challenges and identified potential synergies.

The workshop was opened by Mr. Axel Voß, Head of Department “Development of Digital Technologies”, who emphasized the importance of digital technologies for the health sector and the support of the BMWK for this topic. Afterwards, Mr. Robert Krock presented an exciting impulse about the medical informatics initiative. The structures for the exchange of data created by the initiative in cooperation with all university hospitals in Germany were met by much interest – questions focused especially on the expansion beyond research.

In concluding interactive workshop rounds, synergy potential and possible cooperations were discussed. For example, there was great interest in further exchanges on the topic of data protection and in looking more closely at business model development. Possible formats for further cooperation were discussed together with the program management.

All participants took advantage of the opportunity for an intensive exchange during the two days and were able to take home numerous new contacts and important synergy potentials.