On May 31, a formal event was held to mark the opening of the Medical Valley Center in Bamberg. During the ceremony, Bavaria’s economics minister Hubert Aiwanger officially announced the approval of funding for four projects, including the Mobile Health Lab, a new working group within Fraunhofer IIS, and the Digital Health Application Center GmbH (dmac), a joint venture between Medical Valley and Fraunhofer IIS. Both institutions are devoted to researching digital solutions for the future of healthcare and contributing to the progress of telemedicine by connecting patients and physicians.
The goal of the Mobile Health Lab in Bamberg is to use telemedicine to bring healthcare into the home. The lab is working on a generic telemedicine IT platform, the »Digital Patient Manager«, which is designed to connect service providers across all sectors and create a decentralized infrastructure for medical communication. Individual patient data can be automatically collected and shared between users and healthcare providers (such as physicians, hospitals, or therapists). Patients control who has access to which data, and can use the platform themselves to obtain all relevant information.
The Digital Health Application Center GmbH (dmac), also headquartered in Bamberg, is a joint venture between Fraunhofer IIS and Medical Valley GmbH. Its purpose is to pave the way for and support new innovations and products in the field of medical technology, as well as helping companies prepare for digital healthcare in tomorrow’s world. By integrating ideas into healthcare and research as well as facilitating patient-centered development and validation studies, it aims to make technological solutions available to all in a newly evolving digital health ecosystem.