Digital maturity measure

Project description

With the Hospital Future Fund Act (KHZG), Germany's federal and state governments are investing up to 4.3 billion euros in the digital infrastructure of hospitals. Accompanying this, the law provides for an «analysis and evaluation of the fundamental status of digitization in German hospitals and the effects of the Future Fund on the degree of digitization, patient care and regional care structures.» The Federal Ministry of Health has commissioned the «DigitalRadar» consortium to carry out this evaluation as part of a call for tenders. The project partners are HIMSS Europe, inav - Institute for Applied Health Services Research, Lohfert & Lohfert, RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and the University of St. Gallen.

The mission of the «DigitalRadar» is to evaluate the maturity level of hospitals with regard to digitization in accordance with § 14b KHG. The maturity model enables a standardized and comprehensive evaluation of the degree of digitization of hospitals by means of conducting and evaluating a survey or self-assessment by the hospitals. The overall objective is to investigate and evaluate the basic status of digitization in German hospitals, as well as the effects of funding with regard to the degree of digitization and the improvement of patient care and regional care structures. The funding project is intended to identify areas of action for improving healthcare provision and working conditions in hospitals. The economic performance of hospitals is to be increased and innovations as well as the exchange of health data are to be promoted. The aim is to enhance Germany's standing as a healthcare location.

Project team

Prof. Dr. Alexander Geissler  (Deputy project manager of the consortium)

Cooperation partners

The consortium consists of the consortium partners HIMSS Europe GmbH, the inav (private institute for applied health services research), Lohfert & Lohfert AG, as well as the project partners RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and the University of St. Gallen. The project is led by Prof. Dr. med. Sylvia Thun (Director of E-Health and Interoperability at the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Professor of Information and Communication Technology in Healthcare at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences) and by Prof. Dr. Alexander Geissler (Academic Director at the School of Medicine at the University of St. Gallen). Furthermore, the project is supported by a broadly based expert committee with representatives from hospitals as well as health insurance companies, users, science and industry.

Funding source

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit (BMG), Deutschland


2021 - 2025