Fraunhofer ISI’s director supports the network “women&healthcare” with a keynote presentation

May 30, 2018

Professor Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, director of the Fraunhofer ISI and professor for Innovation and Technology Management iTM at KIT, opened the network meeting “women&healthcare” with a presentation about disruptive technologies in the health sector.

“Women&healthcare – women’s network for sectoral knowledge and careers“ was initiated by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The sixth meeting of the network took place on 15 May in Frankfurt am Main under the heading “New horizons – new directions in the healthcare sector”. Blockchain was a major topic at this meeting.

The innovation researcher, Prof. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl, gave a brief introduction to the topic in her presentation, drawing on her experience and expertise as the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI and the professor for Innovation and Technology Management iTM at the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (ENTECHNON) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT.

Her presentation showed how innovations are formed and how disruptive technologies have the potential to oust existing ones. In order to avoid being surprised by new developments and instead to apply them as profitably as possible, good corporate and innovation policy are needed as well as effective innovation management.

This is essential for the healthcare industry as well, according to Prof. Weissenberger-Eibl. Disruptive technologies are accompanied by both challenges and opportunities: They may require the cost-intensive construction of technical infrastructure on the one hand; on the other hand, however, they enable new synergies among actors and make mission-oriented research possible on implementing objectives that have been targeted for a long time, such as electronic patient records, for example.

This is where Prof. Weissenberger-Eibl made the connection to the meeting’s major topic of blockchain technology: “Blockchain technology has the potential to become the healthcare sector’s new operating system – but only if it is actively designed right from the outset in accordance with this sector’s special requirements. All the stakeholders must work together because of the high degree of complexity involved.”

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyzes the origins and impacts of innovations. We research the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. On this basis, we are able to provide our clients from industry, politics and science with recommendations for action and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise is founded on our scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.