Berlin, April 26, 2018. The German health sector is currently in a phase of change like never before: e-health legislation has become effective, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health announced further reforms, and there has already been a first easing of the ban on distance treatment, which opens up new space for progressive doctor-patient communication.
Uwe Horstmann, a partner at the venture capital fund Project A, has now published a white paper together with business editor Florian Sievers entitled “Digital Health: Opportunities for Established and New Players in the German Healthcare Sector”. It includes various perspectives from twelve experts from the healthcare industry regarding the potential and challenges of digital health in Germany. Project A aims to draw attention to the potential of digital health, to encourage exchange and to bring various stakeholders into a constructive dialogue. The paper provides an overview concerning the current state of the German healthcare market, gives advice to founders, and shows how other countries are mastering the challenges of digitization, and where they’re failing.
“The German healthcare market is a decade behind other industries in terms of digitization, but finally, sustainable movement has come into the industry,” says Uwe Horstmann, partner at Project A and co-author of the paper. “We are very pleased to have attracted so many renowned experts to our project, and we hope that we can contribute to a constructive dialogue with our whitepaper.”
On Wednesday evening, Project A gathered together with management consultancy Roland Berger around 150 leading guests from the fields of politics, business, science, health, and health insurance for the official launch event of the white paper. A range of speakers discussed current challenges, especially those faced by founders and investors. In between, Gottfried Ludewig, head of the newly created Department for Digitization in the Federal Ministry of Health, spoke about his plans to bring forward the digitization of the healthcare system.
Project A has been working intensively on the subject of digital health since its founding in 2012. In addition to three investments in Qunomedical, Klara, and KRY in 2016, Project A partner Uwe Horstmann launched a video series in 2017 in which he talks with experts such as Jens Spahn, Karsten Neumann, Sebastian Guth and Lars Klingbeil about the potential of digital health.
Download Whitepaper (in German language)
Video recordings of the event will be published on Project A's YouTube channel soon .
Experts featured in the Whitepaper
Authors: Uwe Horstmann, partner at Project A and Florian Sievers, business editor
- Sebastian Guth, Executive Vice President & CMO at Bayer AG
- Dr. Karsten Neumann, Senior Advisor at Roland Berger
- Fabian Hempel, Managing Director of Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
- Jonas Pendzialek; Digital Office & Central PMO at Techniker Krankenkasse
- Timo Thranberend, Senior Project Manager at Bertelsmann Stiftung
- Dr. Henrik Matthies, CEO and Founder of Mimi Hearings Technology
- Jürgen Graalmann, Managing Partner at Die Brückenköpfe
- Prof. Dr. Volker Penter, Partner, Head of Health Care at KMPG
- Nora Blum, CEO and Founder of Selfapy
- Tobias Meixner, CPO and Managing Director at smart Helios GmbH
- Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Marx, Chairman of the board at German Society for Telemedicine
- Karin Schuler, Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise