The Digital Patient

Digitization for Health

Whereas all healthcare stakeholders agree that digitization is changing their field, there are many different views regarding the opportunities and limits inherent to this trend. Through its Digital Patient program, the Bertelsmann Stiftung offers studies, strategic action plans and forums for debate to help promote the development of technology in service to healthcare. read more...



“The system needs to focus more on the people who use it”

Informed patients, treatment that reflects actual needs, stable financing – in this interview Director Uwe Schwenk discusses why Germany’s healthcare system has to focus more on the people who use it. He also discusses the issues the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Health projects are currently focusing on. read more...

Healthcare Fact Check

Scrutinizing over-, under- and misuse in healthcare in Germany

Healthcare resources are frequently used inappropriately and do not reflect medical reasons or people’s needs. The Healthcare Fact Check looks at the underlying causes and aims to foster discussion on solutions so that health services are better aligned with the actual needs of patients.  read more...


Weisse Liste

For patients, for quality

The quality of health care in Germany is high. Nevertheless, there are differences between individual physicians or care institutions. The Weisse Liste is dedicated to making these differences transparent – via the Internet portal The goal is to enable patients to choose the health care provider that is best for them. In turn, the providers themselves compete for patients in terms of quality. read more...