The goal of the Fraunhofer Center for Digital Diagnostics is to develop technologies and solutions along a digital diagnostic value chain for decentralized bioanalytical data acquisition, secure and efficient data communication, and intelligent data interpretation for fighting infectious diseases and diseases of the immune system, veterinary medicine, and food and environmental analysis.
The Fraunhofer Center for Digital Diagnostics combines the expertise of a cluster of three contributing core institutes:
The Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Leipzig, the Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses Branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI-BB in Potsdam, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern. Beyond its core institutes, the center has access to the entire expertise of the Fraunhofer network when implementing customer projects.
With increasing urbanization, modern and cost-efficient healthcare in rural regions requires new solutions that are supported or even enabled by decentralized and digitally integrated diagnostics. This was impressively demonstrated, not at least, by the Covid 19 pandemic. But it has also led to greater openness to online consultations and other telemedicine approaches. However, these quickly find their limitations in their lack of scalability and the absence of diagnostic information in history taking and treatment decision-making. The center's goal here is to fill these gaps with solutions and technologies that meet the needs of the market.
Beyond the first and second healthcare markets, the center is present in application fields with comparable challenges. These include, for example, veterinary medicine and food and environmental analysis.
In addition, the Fraunhofer Center for Digital Diagnostics sees itself as a driver for companies in diagnostics, medical technology, digital health and health IT, as well as a partner for healthcare providers active in this field.