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Medical technology system leadership

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart is investigating a potential medical technology system leadership as part of the SysteMedic project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

In innovation-oriented sectors, international competition is increasingly centred on system leaderships. System leaders are people, institutions and companies that have a major influence on developments and standards of technologically sophisticated and complex systems. Sustainable system leaderships can only be established if the right technological and sociocultural conditions are present.
Medical products
Medical products
Germany is in an excellent position for starting to establish system leaderships in the area of medical technology. At present, Germany is number three behind the USA and Japan in terms of marketing medical products. In order to improve this position, information technology and medical engineering know-know needs to be brought together more effectively.

Medical technology from a holistic perspective

For this purpose, the Fraunhofer IAO is investigating the potential for system leaderships in computer-assisted medical technology from a holistic perspective. These investigations are part of the SysteMedic research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The investigations will comprise three levels:

  • Institutional level: analysis of the institutional conditions for the development of the medical technology and IT industry in Germany

  • Organisational level: analysis of innovation clusters and networks in the medical engineering sector

  • Micropolitical level: analysis of innovations at the level of teams developing medical devices

Based on the findings, the Fraunhofer IAO will develop future scenarios and recommendations for action.

Project partners are the Robert Bosch Foundation Institute of History of Medicine (IGM; Stuttgart), CADFEM GmbH (Munich), as well as the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media, BITKOM (Berlin). VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (Berlin) is the project management organisation.

Source: Fraunhofer IAO - 11.02.2008
Further information:
Fraunhofer IAO
Bernd Bienzeisler
Nobelstraße 12
D-70569 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 711 970-2088
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E-mail: bernd.bienzeisler@iao.fraunhofer.de
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