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EIT Health Germany Supports OptiMedis IC Project in the Greater Rhine-Neckar Region

EITHealthPhoto: EIT Health GermanyThe EIT Health Head Start Programme 2017 supports promising ideas in the field of innovative solutions for health care. Among the winners of the second bidding round in 2017 is "HealthLab MRN 2025", a project initiated by the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Area (MRN) with the support of OptiMedis AG. It is receiving a grant of € 50,000 to develop a business plan for implementing sustainable integrated care in the Greater Rhine-Neckar Region.

With the grant from EIT Health Germany, the planned development of a digitally integrated, comprehensive healthcare provision system for the 2.4 million residents in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Area can be driven forward intensively. Sub-regions comprising about 100,000 to 150,000 residents shall be created, in which local service providers and patients network using an electronic health record, and local management companies coordinate and organize local care delivery and prevention efforts. A management holding company assumes central coordination of the sub-regions and provide them with know-how, for which OptiMedis AG already conducted a feasibility study. "With the EIT Health Head Start Programme grant, we can immediately start going to the next phase of implementation. In addition, we also benefit from EIT Health's large European network which facilitates access to potential partners and investors for this project of unprecedented scale in the field of population-orientated integrated care in Germany", says Dr h. c. Helmut Hildebrandt, chairman of the management board of OptiMedis AG. 

A total of 25 suitable project proposals were submitted to the EIT Health Head Start Programme 2017, and evaluated by an external jury in the project excellence, marketing potential, market strategy, and project impacts categories.

Click here for EIT Health Germany's press release.