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The Institute for Medical Informatics at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is conducting the research project "Enabling digital-supported care processes: Implementing interoperability between DiGA, assistive devices and ePA in a future-oriented way (DiGIOP)".

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There is a need for research at the intersection of digital health applications and electronic patient records. The DIGIOP project addresses these unresolved issues around digital health applications and interoperability. Previous projects have already shed light on essential aspects of the digital health applications topic, but important questions around interoperability are still open. For a future interoperable telematics infrastructure in the healthcare sector, the specific requirements and particularities for newly emerging digital health applications must be taken into account.

Objective and approach

Within the DIGIOP project, the regulatory and technical prerequisites of tomorrow's patient-centric and digitally-supported medical care are to be discussed and contoured. The focus is on digital health applications and their efficient connection to existing and future digital care offerings (e.g. electronic patient record, electronic prescription). The project aims to reflect on the status quo, discuss potentials for the future of digital care, and derive which technical and regulatory requirements are best suited to achieve the legislative goal of user-friendly, future-open, and patient-centric digital care. In addition to taking stock of digital health applications, the kick-off workshop will primarily discuss which questions need to be answered in the implementation or further development of the existing regulatory framework, and in the design of interoperability requirements, in further expert rounds.

Innovations and perspectives

The project is intended to facilitate the implementation of legal interoperability requirements for digital health application manufacturers, with an orientation that is open to the future. Only in this way will digital health applications not stand in isolation from other care offerings in the future, but be able to connect to existing and new care chains.

Project duration

Planned workshops within the framework of the project with invited experts:

  • Workshop 1 - Kick-off event
  • Workshop 2 - Standards / Medical Information Objects for digital health applications
  • Workshop 3 - Intersection of digital health applications and electronic patient record
  • Workshop 4 - Intersection of digital health applications and devices
  • Workshop 5 - Intersection of devices/implants and digital health applications as well as telemonitoring applications
  • Workshop 6 - Closing event

The kick-off workshop will take place on November 11, 2021 at the Einstein Center Digital Future in Berlin. Invited guests will interact with representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health, relevant authorities and institutions, and other experts to share their perspectives on digital care. The planned project duration is October 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022.


The DIGIOP project was officially conclued with the closing event on April 28th, 2022 at the Einstein Center Digital Future where a report was handed over to the Federal Ministry of Health Germany.

The central recommendations are:

  1. Eliminate the digital coordination vacuum - establish digital therapeutics (DTx) as an integral component in the care process.
  2. Establish the electronic patient record (EPR) as a future-oriented hub within care.
  3. Break through DTx data hubs in consolidation. Make data based care research and real world evidence research possible.
  4. Usability and user experience are key components and patient oriented interoperability the central maxime in a digitalized healthcare network.

You may find the live recording from the final panel discussion, April 28th, 2022 here:

Video Closing Panel

Minute 00:27
Presentation of the main DIGIOP results through a scientific lens, Prof. Dr. Daniel Fürstenau, Charité

Minute 00:42
Presentation of the main DIGIOP results through a technical lens, Dr. Jörg Caumanns, fbeta

Minute 01:18
Panel 1: Patient oriented IOP: How does a lean, integrated process of care look like in the future?

Dr. med. Valerie Kirchberger, Heartbeat Medical
Dr. Anne Geier, Spitzenverband Digitale Gesundheitsversorgung
Malte Schmieding, Charité
Moderation: Carmen Hentschel

Minute 01:48
Panel 2: How does a future proof data infrastructure look like? Visions on data usage of DTx
Sergej Suskov, Gematik
Dr. Jochen Meyer, OFFIS
Dr. Jörg Caumanns, fbeta
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Martin Gersch, Freie Universität Berlin

The main conclusions will be presented to the public in a position paper. In case you are interested in receivingt more information, please contact

Selected Publications

  • Fürstenau, D., Gersch, M, & Schreiter, S. (2023) Digital Therapeutics (DTx). Business & Information Systems Engineering Online First.
  • Stegemann, L., Gubser, R., Gersch, M., Bartschke, A., Hoffmann, A., Wagner, M., & Fürstenau, D. (2023) Future-Oriented and Patient-Centric? A Qualitative Analysis of Digital Therapeutics and Their Interoperability. Thirty-first European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2023), Kristiansand, Norway.


Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Daniel Fürstenau

Business Information Systems (IMI)