Digital Health – Digital Services in the Healthcare Sector

Health is one of the megatrends of our time. Our experts see high innovation and cost efficiency potentials for the healthcare sector, especially in regards to the topics of value creation and digitalization.

Through our numerous research projects, we have a broad know-how in the field of healthcare as well as health service research and complement the mostly technically-oriented portfolios of our Fraunhofer partner institutes with a socio-economic perspective.

This makes us thought leaders in the field of digital value creation in the healthcare sector. We develop value creation approaches around the future topics of the industry. We focus particularly on the topics:

  • Digital health platforms and digital health applications (DiGA)
  • Digital, intersectoral care
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare
  • Robotics in care
  • Trust and data sovereignty of patients
  • and digital competences in the health sector.


Our Services

With our research, we aim to scientifically accompany the digital transformation of healthcare and thus improve patient care as well as identify potential for reducing healthcare costs.

For this reason, we support healthcare providers, companies, R&D institutions and intermediaries in the successful development of innovative products, services and care approaches. In doing so, we conduct research on behalf of our customers, in an application-oriented and neutral manner.

Our range of services includes: 

  • Strategic market, environment and future analyses
  • (Health) economic analyses
  • User acceptance & ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI)
  • Utilization: Development of services and business models, reimbursement
  • Professional development and competence management

News / 11.3.2022

Analysing the economic efficiency of transport robots

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a new, flexible transportation robot that specifically addresses the needs of healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursery homes. A research team from Fraunhofer IMW headed by Dr. Marija Radic examined the economic viability of the robot based on a life cycle cost analysis.


An overview of all publications on the topic of Digital Health can be found here.

Industry and Research Projects


An overview of all current and completed research projects on the topic of Digital Health can be found here.


Get in touch

Would you like to find out more about the services offered by Fraunhofer IMW in the field of digital health? Please get in touch with us!