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Berlin – the place to be for European Digital Health Entrepreneurs!
%5Bvc_row+equal_height%3D%22yes%22%5D%5Bvc_column%5D%5Bvc_single_image+image%3D%224972%22+img_size%3D%22full%22+alignment%3D%22center%22%5D%5Bultimate_spacer+height%3D%2230%22+height_on_tabs%3D%2215%22+height_on_tabs_portrait%3D%2215%22+height_on_mob_landscape%3D%2215%22+height_on_mob%3D%2215%22%5D%5B%2Fvc_column%5D%5B%2Fvc_row%5D%5Bvc_row+css%3D%22.vc_custom_1561037856751%7Bpadding-top%3A+20px+%21important%3Bpadding-bottom%3A+20px+%21important%3B%7D%22%5D%5Bvc_column%5D%5Bvc_column_text%5D%0D%0A%3Ch4%3EThis+article+has+been+written+by+Ute+Mercker%2C+Investment+Director+and+Head+of+Life+Science+at+IBB+Beteiligungsgesellschaft%2C+the+Venture+Funds+of+the+state+of+Berlin%3C%2Fh4%3E%0D%0ABerlin+has+proven+itself+as+a+thriving+ecosystem+for+healthcare+innovation+and+boasts+of%3Cstrong%3E+35+large+research+institutes+and+universities%3C%2Fstrong%3E+focusing+on+life+sciences%2C+including+internationally+renowned+institutions+as+well+as+a+%3Cstrong%3Evibrant+start-up+scene%3C%2Fstrong%3E.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3EAll+stakeholders+are+located+here%3C%2Fstrong%3E%0D%0AFor+digital+health+innovation+to+reach+the+patient%C2%B4s+bedside+some+vital+prerequisites+need+to+be+met%3A+IT+and+data+protection+infrastructure%2C+regulatory+approval%2C+and+most+importantly+reimbursement.+This+requires+close+cooperation+of+the+players+in+the+healthcare+market%2C+including+regulatory+bodies%2C+insurance+companies%2C+pharma+companies%2C+hospitals+and+doctors%2C+and+last+but+not+least+innovative+start-ups.+With+the+%3Cstrong%3EFederal+Ministry+of+Health%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+the+federal+associations+of+the+public+and+private+health+funds%2C+the+%3Cstrong%3EGerman+Medical+Association%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+the+hospitals+Charit%C3%A9+and+Vivantes%2C+as+well+as+%3Cstrong%3EBayer+Pharma+AG%3C%2Fstrong%3E+and+the+German+Headquarters+of+%3Cstrong%3ESanofi%3C%2Fstrong%3E+and+%3Cstrong%3EPfizer%3C%2Fstrong%3E+all+having+their+seat+in+Berlin%2C+the+necessary+cooperation+is+taking+place+here.+And%2C+as+you+will+see+the+start-ups+are+placed+in+the+center+of+these+initiatives.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3ECooperation+in+many+different+ways%3C%2Fstrong%3E%0D%0AA+couple+of+years+ago+pharma+companies+established+programs+like+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.g4a.health%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22+rel%3D%22noopener+noreferrer%22%3EBayer%C2%B4s+Grants-4-Apps%3C%2Fa%3E+Accelerator%C2%A0+or+%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.healthcarehub.pfizer.de%2Fblog%22+target%3D%22_blank%22+rel%3D%22noopener+noreferrer%22%3EPfizer%C2%B4s+Healthcare+Hub+Berlin%3C%2Fa%3E+in+order+to+make+the+best+possible+use+of+the+emerging+technologies%60+potential+and+to+participate+in+the+entrepreneurial+spirit+of+start-ups.+Furthermore%2C+Helios+Group%2C+one+of+the+largest+providers+of+inpatient+and+outpatient+patient+care+in+Europe%2C+has+established+the+Helios+Hub+at+its+Headquarters+in+Berlin.+The+%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.helios-gesundheit.de%2Fhub%22+target%3D%22_blank%22+rel%3D%22noopener+noreferrer%22%3EHelios+Hub%3C%2Fa%3E+teaches+in-depth+knowledge+of+clinical+practitioners+to+the+start-ups+in+the+Accelerator%2C+and+also+opens+the+chance+to+test+creative+concepts+for+the+hospital+sector+in+test+phases+and+roll-outs+with+regards+to+practical+suitability+and+relevance.+On+top+of+that+the+Federal+Ministry+of+Health+established+its+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fhih-2025.de%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22+rel%3D%22noopener+noreferrer%22%3EHealth+Innovation+Hub+-+HIH%3C%2Fa%3E%2C+which+performs+the+%3Cstrong%3Ebridging+function+between+the+start-up+companies+and+the+other+stakeholders%3C%2Fstrong%3E+in+the+Health+Care+system.+The+first+engagement+of+the+Hub%C2%B4s+team+was+a+roadshow+to+all+German+healthcare+clusters+in+order+to+introduce+the+upcoming+new+bill+called+%E2%80%9CDigitales+Versorgungsgesetz%E2%80%9D%2C+which+is+providing+a+clear+path+to+reimbursement+for+patient+centered+digital+apps.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3EHospitals+are+taking+the+Lead%3C%2Fstrong%3E%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3ECharit%C3%A9%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+Europe%C2%B4s+largest+university+clinic%2C+has+established+the+Digital+Health+Accelerator+as+part+of+Berlin+Health+Innovations%2C+the+joint+technology+transfer+unit+of+Berlin+Institute+of+Health+%28BIH%29+and+Charit%C3%A9.+It+aims+to+provide+innovative+teams+with+the+crucial+impetus+and+necessary+professionalism+required+to+bring+business+models+and+products+into+the+market+%E2%80%93+and+thus+ultimately+to+patients.+The%3Cstrong%3E+Unfallkrankenhaus+Berlin%3C%2Fstrong%3E+%28ukb%29%2C+a+trauma+center+for+maximum+care%2C+supports+other+hospitals+in+the+northern+federal+states+with+its+Institute+for+Telemedicine+through+digital+radiology+and+tele-neurology.+In+fact+at+%3Cstrong%3EVivantes%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+Germany%27s+largest+municipal+hospital+group%2C+pathology+is+already+digitized.+Tissue+sections+are+digitally+available+for+case+discussions+and+tumor+conferences.+The+hospital+has+also+been+involved+in+a+model+phase+with+the+%22Caspar%22+rehab+app%2C+in+which+digital+telenachsorge+will+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