The Ambassadors´ Roundtable “Smart Health Solutions – Made in Germany” was hosted by the German Healthcare Partnership (GHP) and the Federal Foreign Office, Germany on 1st of February at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
The global population is growing and ageing, and that is having a profound impact on healthcare all over the world. Digital technology is already driving a real transformation of our healthcare systems, which are shifting from a curative-oriented approach to more prevention, prediction, and better healthcare for the population.
Alexander Schönfelder, Deputy Director General for Technology Policy, Trade, Finance, Sanctions Policy, and Investment Promotion, Federal Foreign Office and Roland Göhde, GHP Chairman of the Board, welcomed the distinguished guest. Around 70 Ambassadors and embassy representatives, mostly from developing and emerging 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 this was emphasized. GHP members, Merck, Lufthansa, Munich RE, and Ottobock gave various insights into how highly innovative digital technology can help improve health and the life-quality of people.
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.