Digital Delegation Trip to Germany

Explore, Exchange & Export

Turning Current Healthcare Challenges into Opportunities

24 November, 1-3 December 2020

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Swecare, together with the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, The German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (GSCC), the Swedish Embassy in Berlin and the German Embassy in Stockholm, invites you to a digital delegation trip to Germany, as part of the German-Swedish partnership for innovation. 

During the delegation trip, participants will have ample opportunity to virtually visit and connect to German key players from business and research institutions as well as to interact with leading industry associations and clusters.  

For participants in the virtual delegation trip, we organize introductory meetings to the German healthcare market with a focus on eHealth, high-level meeting with several breakout sessions, digital "study visit", virtual matchmaking, wrap-up meeting and much more.

Registration deadline: 18 November 2020

See you there!

Program (to be updated continuously)

Here you can be part of a preliminary planning for the delegation trip. The program will be updated continuously, an updated  program will be shared with all registered soon.

Tuesday 24 November
  • 11:00-12.00 Kick-off event - internal introductory meeting

    - Welcoming by Ninni Löwgren Tischer, Head of Market Services, GSCC
    - Welcoming by Maria Helling, CEO Swecare Foundation

    -  Welcoming by Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary to Minister of Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren
    - Presentation of participants, including their expectations and previous experience on the German market.
    Potential of the Swedish-German cooperation. Q&A and discussion with Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary to Minister of Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren
    - Presentation of the program by Swecare and GSCC

Tuesday 1 December 
  • 13:00-14:00 Webinar Explore: Conditions and trends on the German eHealth market

    // Understand the German eHealth market, differences in legislation, insurance systems, the German Digital Reimbursement Act
    // Digital healthcare and developments in Germany
    // Differences and similarities between regions.

    - The German market, conditions and trends: GSCC
    - The German healthcare system as a base for development in eHealth: Sophia Lückhof, Strategy and Europe, Gematik
    - The German insurance system, incl. the German Digital Reimbursement Act: Dennis Cole, Health Care Development, Innovation Scout, Techniker Krankenkasse
    - Investments in eHealth environments, the German eHealth Initiative: Julia Hagen, Director Regulatory & Politics, Health Innovation Hub
    - Discussion and Q&A

  • 16:00-17:00 Webinar Explore: Business Opportunities on the German eHealth market

    // Exploring opportunities for Swedish companies on the German eHealth market
    // Exploring digital clusters and hub initiatives and innovation environments
    // Presentation of 1-2 German company on the German eHealth market

    - Business opportunities in the German health sector, focus on eHealth: Julia Pietsch, Senior Manager Healthcare at Germany Trade & Invest; Stefanie Burgdorff is Senior Manager Trend & Innovation Scouting at Germany Trade & Invest
    - The structure of the eHealth sector and cluster environments: Anna Werner från Digital Health Hub Nürnberg/Erlangen Medical Valley EMN e.V. Project Management / Healthcare IT (tbc)
    - Driving forces in eHealth and innovation environments: Dr. Robert R. Richter, Head of Startups & Incubation, WERK1
    - Best practices and insights from German company: conditions, challenges, potential: 2 case studies
    Natz-Kolb Co-founder, Cliniserve GMBH
    - Discussion and Q&A

Wednesday 2 December
  • 13:30-14:35 Exchange - Part I: High-level roundtable discussion: Healthcare Challenges and Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

    // High-level roundtable discussion to share experiences, discuss methods and solutions focusing on efficient healthcare, followed by breakout sessions

    - Welcoming remarks: Per Thöresson, Ambassador of Sweden to Germany
    - Welcoming remarks: Dr. Anna Prinz, Ambassador of Germany to Sweden
    - Short video about the Swedish Embassy in Berlin (tbc)
    - Q&A

    - Keynote Address: Kalle Conneryd Lundgren, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Innovation Officer, Karolinska University Hospital
    - German Keynote Address: Dr. Gocke, Chief Digital Officer, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
    - Discussion and Q&A 

  • 14:45-15:30 Part II: Breakout sessions

    // Introductory remarks by experts

    Breakout session 1: Digital Care, Digitalisation in full speed during 2020
    Swedish speaker: Ulf Österstad, Operations Manager at Bra Liv, digital primary care in Jönköping.
    German speakers: Heartbeat Labs/Digitalisation Council (tbc); Dennis Cole, Health Care Development, Innovation Scout, Techniker Krankenkasse; Greta Kreuzer, Co-founder and CEO of cosinuss°
    Possible questions to discuss: What are the needs and requirements? What does the competitive landscape, care providers and communication platforms look like? What are reimbursement systems for digital care? Is there acceptance from traditional physical care? What are patients’ expectations?

    Breakout session 2: Decision and monitoring systems
    Swedish expert: Erik Sköldenberg, Chief Physician Pediatric Neurology, Chief Physician Digitization Region Uppsala
    German speakers: Flying Health Mr. Dr. Florian Körber and Mrs Laura Nelde; Anisa Idris, VP Regulatory Affairs & Market Access
     & Vanessa Lemarié, SVP Life Sciences & Rare Diseases, Ada; Dr. Domagoj Schunk, Emergency Room, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein
    Possible questions to discuss: What does the competitive landscape look like today (what exists, what is missing)? What are professionals’ needs and requirements? What are patients’ expectations? Rules and regulations? Decision-making and purchase processes? Reimbursement systems?

    Breakout Session 3: Smart and safe hospitals
    Swedish speaker: tbc
    German speakers: German Hospital Federation; Thomas Möller, German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors bvitg, Walter Hörsch, Ruppiner Kliniken

    Possible questions to discuss: What are ongoing projects, buildings and hospitals to be built or constructed? What systems exist supporting patient safety? What systems exist supporting care providers’ workflows? What systems exist supporting efficiency? What systems exist supporting patients’ expectations on care providers level of service? How is sustainability considered?

  • 15:45-16:30 Part III: Reporting from breakout discussions and Concluding Remarks

    - Ms. Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary to Minister of Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren, Sweden
    - German high-level representative: speaker (tbc)
    - Conclusion

Thursday 3 December 
  • 9:00-11:30 Export - Study visit and discussion with Charité and Fraunhofer Institut

    // Presentation, visit and open bilateral dialog/exchange of experiences

    - Virtual visit of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Centre for Cardiovascular Telemedicine (tbc): Prof. Dr. med. Friedrich Koehler, Head of the Centre for Cardiovascular Telemedicine, Senior Physician at the Medical Department of Cardiology and Angiology

    - Virtual Visit Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institut: CINIQ Center/Forum Digital Technologies: Dr. rer. nat. Jackie Ma, Project Manager (Video Coding &  Analytics) and Marc Reznicek, Project Manager (Forum Digital Technologies // CINIQ Center)
    Presentation and demonstration of the project “Forum Digitale Technologien” at the CINIQ Showroom; presentation of recent research, Q&A.

  • 11:30-12:30 Delegation Wrap-up

    - Evaluation of the delegation & sharing of experiences
    - Discussion on joint & company-level follow-up
    - Concluding remarks by Niclas Jacobson, Deputy Director General and Head of the Division for European Union and International Affairs at the Swedish Ministry of Health
    - Closing remarks by Ninni Löwgren Tischer, Head of Market Services, GSCC
    - Closing remarks by Maria Helling, CEO Swecare Foundation

Speakers during the digital delegation trip

Speakers will be updated continuously

In 2016–2018 Maja Fjaestad served as Head of Social Policy in the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union and she was previously (2014–2016) State Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. In 2010–2014 she worked as a researcher in the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, where she was awarded a PhD in technology in 2010.
Maja Fjaestad 

State Secretary to the Minister for Health and Social Affairs of Sweden 

In 2017, Dr. Peter Gocke was appointed as the first Chief Digital Officer in the healthcare provider space in Germany. He is responsible for the digital transformation of the Charité, the academic hospital in Berlin. Before that, he was the CIO of the Academic Medical Center in Hamburg, in charge of several digitalization projects which led to a HIMSS EMRAM stage 7 award. He is a trained radiologist holding previous roles as Associate Professor of Radiology.
Dr. med. Peter Gocke

Chief Digital Officer, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Kalle Conneryd Lundgren is COO at Karolinska University Hospital with responsibility for governance and strategic lead of operations including steering of care production, medical assignments, infrastructural and logistical aspects of the hospital. He is also CIO of Karolinska University Hospital. Prof Lundgren is active in research and teaching within craniofacial and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Kalle Conneryd Lundgren

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Innovation Officer, Karolinska University Hospital

Per Thöresson is the Swedish ambassador to Germany since 2017. During his time in Berlin, he has focused on Swedish trade and culture promotion, as well as playing a key role in the political exchange between Sweden and Germany. With a grand interest for areas of the future, such as e-health, digitisation and smart technology application, the embassy is a facilitating entity between politics and business in Sweden and Germany.
Per Thöresson

Swedish Ambassador to Germany

Mrs. Dr. Anna Prinz is the Ambassador in Sweden since July 2019. Before that, she was the German Ambassador in Australia. ”Sweden and Germany have excellent politicians, entrepreneurs, researchers and artists. It is my job to create many new connections that enable a fruitful exchange of ideas in order to travel new paths together”.  
Dr. Anna Prinz 

German Ambassador to Sweden

Friedrich Koehler, MD, FESC, Senior Physician at the Medical Department of Cardiology and Angiology (Charité Berlin), is Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Telemedicine which is the specialized in research and development projects of remote patient management of heart failure patients. Since 2015 he is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and since 2019 he is the Consortium leader of the ”Telemed5000” project.
Prof. Dr. med. Friedrich Koehler, FESC

ePatient RSD GmbH presents typical market access and market distribution scenarios of a sum of 220 startup case analyses, including business models and medical certification and regulation minimals. Furthermore we present the behaviour of the demand side - the German users and customers of digital health tool in the market. From which channel did they get their products, willingness to pay and who are the early adopters.
Dr Alexander Schachinger

Founder/CEO at EPatient RSD GmbH

Julia Pietsch is supporting foreign companies expanding into Germany. She advises and works with international companies preparing R&D, manufacturing and sales operations in the German Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Germany Trade & Invest Julia Pietsch worked at the Scientific Information & Promotional Material department of Sanofi Aventis Deutschland GmbH.
Julia Pietsch 

Senior Manager Healthcare at Germany Trade & Invest

Within the Trend & Innovation Scouting team, Stefanie Burgdorff supports the internationalization of the Digital Hub Initiative led by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. Prior to joining that team, Stefanie worked in various positions at GTAI since 2009. In between she was seconded to the Federal Foreign Office for a period of two years. Stefanie holds a Master’s degree in International Economics.
Stefanie Burgdorff

Senior Manager Trend & Innovation Scouting at Germany Trade & Invest

New work and staff deployment models are needed to solve the nursing crisis. Cliniserve helps care institutions to achieve this by combining a task management with a staff disposition system so that the right employee is in the right place at the right time.
The CARE and TEAM components are established in more than 18 hospitals and support nursing staff in their everyday work.
Julian Natz-Kolb

Co-founder, Cliniserve GMBH

Flying Health is the leading ecosystem for next generation healthcare – made of bits and bytes. The company offers its partners from the healthcare and consumer industry as well as digital health startups an exclusive environment for bringing digital diagnostics and therapies to market, developing new value chains and business models in healthcare. By working closely with both traditional and new players, Flying Health is actively shaping the healthcare of the future.
Dr. Florian Körber

Senior Manager Startup Relations, Flying Health

Flying Health is the leading ecosystem for next generation healthcare – made of bits and bytes. The company offers its partners from the healthcare and consumer industry as well as digital health startups an exclusive environment for bringing digital diagnostics and therapies to market, developing new value chains and business models in healthcare. By working closely with both traditional and new players, Flying Health is actively shaping the healthcare of the future.
Laura Eld

Startup Relationship Manager, Flying Health

Jackie Ma received the Msc degree in mathematics and the Dr. rer. nat. from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (2013 & 2016). From 2012-2016, he held several visiting researcher positions at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, University of Cambridge, UK, and the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications-Heinrich Hertz Institute, he is currently a project manager with the Machine Learning Group at the Heinrich Hertz Institute coordinating, in particular, the projects at the intersection of machine learning and medicine. 
Dr. rer. nat. Jackie Ma

Project Manager, Video Coding & Analytics, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI

Ulf Österstad, MD and specialist in family medicine. Currently, Ulf is the Operations Manager at Bra Liv nära, an app that provides healthcare directly to patients since 2015. He is also a consultant in medical post exam education and is an experienced healthpolicy maker with a background in national non-prof boards (SFAM, SYLF). Ulf also has experience from chatbot development (Red Robin).
Ulf Österstad

Operations Manager at Bra Liv, digital primary care in Jönköping

Dennis Cole joined the internet development section of Germany's biggest health insurance fund TK in 2003. Changed in 2007 to the staff department company-development (Unternehmensentwicklung) and in a liaison-role supportet the director of the health-science staff-department (WINEG-Gesundheitswissenschaften) till 2017. Currently he is employed as a senior manager for the TK-Health-Care-Development-Section (Versorgungs-Management) with the specific role as an innovation scout for the health care market.
Dennis Cole

Health Care Development, Innovation Scout, Techniker Krankenkasse

Marc Reznicek is leading the CINIQ Center Showroom at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. As project manager of the Forum Digital Technologies, his aim is to connect science, economy, politics and society, to promoting debate about future technologies and to support German SMIs in their digitalization.
Marc Reznicek

Project Manager, Forum Digital Technologies // CINIQ Center, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Greta is the Co-founder and CEO of cosinuss°, a mobile health tech company based in Munich. cosinuss° is specializing in mobile real-time monitoring of vital parameters. For this purpose, the highly innovative team develops wearable in-ear sensors, gateways, and algorithms. More than 11 years of R&D work lays a solid foundation for the company. Numerous patents and various products make cosinuss° a pioneer in the field of mobile vital signs measurement.
Greta Kreuzer

Co-founder and CEO, cosinuss°

Anisa is responsible for crafting strategies and leading implementation of establishing reimbursement for Ada’s products and solutions. Also Anisa just stepped up to lead regulatory affairs at Ada. . She gained extensive professional expertise during her 15 year career in pharmaceutical management, lastly as Director Region Europe for Digital Innovation and Performance of Novartis AG in charge of the strategic orientation of the digital activities of the individual Novartis country organizations in the European region of Novartis Pharma AG.
Anisa Idris

VP Regulatory Affairs & Market Access, Ada

Niclas Jacobson has held this position since 2011. From 2011 through 2014 he also served as Chairman of the European Union Social Protection Committee Working Group on Ageing. From 2004 to 2010 he worked specifically with issues related to ageing and elderly care. In 2008 he was appointed Administrative Head of the Special Commission to draft minimum standards of competence to work within elderly care.
Mr. Niclas Jacobson

Deputy Director-General and Head of the Division for European Union, Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

Sophia Lückhof works at gematik GmbH since 2016. As the Desk Officer for eHealth in the area of Strategy and Europe her focus is on the topic of interoperability in healthcare. She works on the growing market of „apps on presciption“ and is involved in the development of a knowledge management platform for interoperability in eHealth.
Sophia Lückhof

Strategy and Europe, Gematik

Until May 2019, Julia Hagen was responsible for the Health & Pharma division of the digital association Bitkom, where her main focus was on the regulatory framework for digital health. She studied Public Management & Governance at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and Sciences Po Paris. Working on numerous topics on rural health care and communal welfare she came into contact with telemedicine and connected health. 
Julia Hagen

Director Regulatory & Politics, Health Innovation Hub

WERK1 - der Startup-freundlichste Ort in München / the most startup-friendly place in Munich

Together with my team Startups & Incubation, I take care of providing our WERK1 startups and coworkers with individual services that help them get the most out of their startups/freelancer jobs and their teams and thus shape the world of tomorrow.
Dr. Robert R. Richter

Head of Startups & Incubation, WERK1

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Digital Multilateral Brokerage Event

Healthcare Sector Group of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) organize a digital multilateral brokerage event with over 50 registered participants from Germany. The event typically takes place in Germany at the annual world renowned conference Medica. Due to pandemic this years brokerage is digital and includes daily webinars on the topic of market entry and innovations for health. The brokerage is open from now until March 2021.

The objective is to assist SME’s, universities and research institutions in finding partners worldwide for product development, manufacturing and licensing agreements, distribution partnerships, research cooperation, joint ventures, financing/investment, public buyers or other types of partnership.

Registration involves an administrative cost but for the digital delegation to Germany, organized by Swecare Foundation and the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, registration is offered at no cost.

Match-making website: (once registered for the Digital delegation trip, you will receive the login information)
Deadline for registration at the match-making event: 28 February 2021

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the Europena Commisions global network with representation in 60+ countries. The network utilizes local and regional experts in each country who provide subsidized support services for SME’s aiming for international expansion. The network assists in finding international partners for R&D and/or business expansion. Advisors coach SME’s on innovation competitiveness as well as regulatory and export preparation. The network is organized around sectors including Health, with bi- and multilateral collaboration initiatives to enable acceleration of development, commercialization and adoption of innovations for health and life science. 

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