1 February 2019

The Ambassadors’ Roundtable “Smart Health Solutions – Made in Germany” was hosted by the German Healthcare Partnership (GHP) and the German Federal Foreign Office at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on the 1st of February .

The global population is growing and ageing. This has a profound impact on healthcare all over the world. Digital technology is driving real transformation within our healthcare systems, which is already leading to a shift from a curative-oriented approach to more prevention, prediction, and better healthcare for the population.

Alexander Schönfelder, Federal Foreign Office, and Roland Göhde, GHP Chairman of the Board, welcomed the distinguished guests. Around 70 Ambassadors and embassy representatives, mostly from developing and newly industrialized countries, took part in the roundtable and discussed smart health solutions and their impact on improving health outcomes. The essential role of successful partnerships in order to achieve these goals was emphasized. The GHP members Merck, Lufthansa, Munich RE, and Ottobock gave valuable insights into how highly innovative digital technology can help to improve health and the quality of life.

Smart Health Solutions at Merck in low-and middle-income countries among others, such as the NTDeliver supply chain information tool which tracks medicines (praziquantel) from production warehouse to final user in the country (via mobile phone), were presented.

Ranging from Inflight Medical care, for example, the “Doctors Onboard Program” to the so-called “Hospital in the Sky” patient transportation compartment, Health & Medical Travel Solutions, were presented by Lufthansa.

In the context of increasing numbers of epidemic outbreaks, Munich RE presented their Epidemic Risk Insurance solutions and introduced the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) – a joint commitment between World Bank, WHO, and Munich Re.

Finally, OttoBock gave some insights into how digital technology can help improve the quality of life of people in need. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, for example, a prosthesis learns to read the user’s mind.