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Ministry of Health in Germany officially launches Health Innovation Hub initiative

April 12, 2019 / Armin Scheuer

In yet another step to drive the digital transformation of Germany’s healthcare system, the country’s minister of health, Jens Spahn, has now officially launched the Health Innovation Hub (HIH) in Berlin. The HIH will be “a bridge from the Ministry of Health into the digital scene,” Spahn said. “It’s an idea factory for digital health solutions that aims at using digitisation to improve care for patients.” It will be headed by Professor Jörg Debatin, who was previously the medical director and chief executive of the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, the first organisation to achieve Stage 7 of the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), the top rating of HIMSS Analytics for paperless, digital workflows. Yesterday, at the opening of the hub in Berlin, Spahn said a team of 12 experts will help the Ministry "recognise and evaluate groundbreaking technologies faster."