Berlin: Leading technologies and networking for health

The German capital region as a center for eHealth and medical imaging

Surgical robots, telemedicine, home monitoring and health apps: the networking of IT and life sciences in the development and use of digital products and processes as well as networking between doctors, clinics and patients is playing an increasingly vital role in the service of health.

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Telemedicine makes it possible to overcome the barrier of distance and provide diagnostics, consultations and emergency medical services in rural areas as needed. With the metropolis of Berlin and the state of Brandenburg, the German capital region offers the ideal conditions for the development and use of telemedicine solutions due to its demographic and geographic diversity as well as its medical centers of excellence. The latter include not only the large telemedicine centers at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Trauma Hospital Berlin, but also the Fontane project in northern Brandenburg, Telemedizin Zentrum Brandenburg and the Biotronik Home Monitoring Service Center. In addition, the capital region is also home to an internationally recognized and growing start-up scene that is advancing the digitization of the healthcare market by developing health portals, measuring and control systems, vital signs monitoring and fitness apps.

A shining light: the entire spectrum of medical imaging

The capital region is also leading the way in medical imaging. More than 130 hospitals in Berlin and Brandenburg have the full range of equipment for diagnostic imaging in large amounts at their disposal with more than 109 computer tomography scanners, 70 magnetic resonance imaging scanners, 68 coronary angiography locations and 9 positron emission computed tomography scanners. With the Institute of Radiology and the Clinic and University Outpatient Clinic for Radiology as well as the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, the Charité is home to the largest radiology center in Europe. As well as a center for pre-clinical small animal imaging, the doctors and researchers also have one of two scanners for magnetic particle imaging in Germany at their disposal.

The Experimental and Clinical Research Center, a joint research institution of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and the "Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility", which has a 7 Tesla high field MRI scanner and a 9.4 Tesla MRI scanner for small animals, form a bridge between fundamental research and patient care, enabling research findings to be rapidly translated into treatment.

At the industry level, about 15 companies are specifically dedicated to developing and producing contrast agents and optical imaging methods in Berlin and Brandenburg.

A key feature of medical imaging in the region is the close link between scientists who conduct fundamental research in the fields of physics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and medicine, science and industry. This is supported by active cluster management in the healthcare sector.

Meet the Berlin-Brandenburg healthcare industries cluster – HealthCapital at MEDICA: Hall 15, Stand G42 and Hall 03, Stand F52 & G54.


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Dr. Helmut Kunze
Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
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