Supporting the consultation process for the Berlin Capital Region “Digital Health Initiative 2018”

Project Background:

Healthcare is one of the industries in which Berlin occupies a prominent position both in Germany and worldwide. Digital health solutions are playing an increasingly important role in both, the provision of care services, and as an economic factor for the city.

The upcoming trends such as personalized medicine, genomics or population health management can only be implemented on the basis of digital platforms and solutions. In this context, the involvement of patients through Health Apps constitutes an important component.

Against this background, the Berlin Senate for Economics, Energy and Enterprises (SenWEB) desired to create and adopt a catalog of measures, together with the different healthcare stakeholders.

The objective was to significantly improve the conditions and frameworks for digital health firms and their solutions to prosper in the city.

Berlin wishes to establish itself as a leading European and worldwide hub for the generation and implementation of digital health solutions and services.

What we did:

Through Berlin Partner – a public private economic development agency – R2G was engaged to conceptualize and moderate a staged consultation process including different healthcare stakeholders to arrive at a catalog of measures which would then be presented to the public:

  • By applying a multi-stakeholder approach, we designed and carried through 6 workshops with Start-Ups, Pharma and Biotech firms, MedTech companies, Health Insurers, Hospitals and Research Centers. The goal of each workshop was to discuss and identify concrete measures supporting Berlin’s wanted position in digital health. We structured and prioritized the identified proposed measures from each workshop by evaluating their:
    • Impact: to what extent does the measure contribute to establish Berlin as a leading digital health hub?
    • Feasibility: how quickly can a measure be implemented?
  • We delivered and presented the resulting condensed report as input and basis for further detailing and alignment to a Project Core Group. The Core Group consisted of representatives of the different healthcare and project stakeholders
  • In association with the Core Group we identified 5 main areas of action to further pursue  

Results:

Jointly with Berlin Partner, we produced an “Impulse Paper – Digital Health City Berlin” containing the agreed areas of action to propel Berlin to become a leading digital health hub. The paper also looks at the current digital health environment, identifies opportunities and hurdles and names existing state-of-the art projects.

It has been presented to the public by Senator Ramona Pop during the Senate’s Digital Health Summit (Digitalgipfel Gesundheit) in Berlin on November 21, 2018.