Digitization and innovation in healthcare

During the corona pandemic, which earned Israel, with a population of around 9 million inhabitants, the titles “vaccination world champion”, “laboratory of the world” or “corona model”, Israel’s efficient and modern healthcare system attracted international attention. The country was helped in particular by its highly digitized healthcare system and the effective use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the medical context.

With more than 70 percent in the Bertelsmann Digital Health Index, which is considered a reliable measure of the degree of digitization in the healthcare sector, Israel ranks fourth internationally. In comparison: Germany is in the second to last place out of 17 countries analyzed, and therefore has an urgent need to catch up in the field of digital health.

Close cooperation with Israel, where the digitization of the healthcare system began more than 25 years ago, and whose healthcare industry is now one of the leading beneficiaries of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), has enormous potential. In order to understand what such cooperation can look like, it is essential to take a closer look at the emergence and development of the health ecosystems in Germany and Israel.