2021 was again an exceptional year. At the Innovation Day panel we discussed with various experts about the role and status of digital health solutions in Austria and Europe, how to accelerate the transformation of healthcare, the many opportunities, what to focus on and what to expect:
Gerda Achzet, international Strategic Healthcare Innovation Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI),
Erich Kruschitz, CEO of SanusX, a corporate spinoff of Uniqa Insurance Group
Friedrich Lämmel, co-founder and CEO of the Berlin-based startup Thryve
Christine Stadler-Häbich, Director Business Development at Roche Diagnostics and board member of Austromed, the association representing the med-tech industry in Austria.
The most important messages:
1. We need to keep the achievements of the last two years and maintain the speed the pandemic generated. We must even get faster not to lag behind and to loose the lead we once had over Germany and some other European nations.
2. We need to take along the learnings from the crisis and learn from each other, work together with organizations, corporates and startups, who are not our partners yet and also amongst competitors. None of the players can do it alone.
3. And, most importantly, we need to close the gap between the digital ability and the willingness to provide, integrate and pay for digital solutions servicing all players in healthcare – including the patients.
What the panelists wish for, in particular in Austria, is quicker decisions, a simplified and improved access to data, and focused work on patient-centric processes rather than on the problems of the system itself.
In fact, that’s what Health Hub Vienna was built for in 2018 – to bring all players together and support the transition of the system with insights, strategies, tools and methods and by introducing great digital solutions and best practices from international startups and providers.
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