22 Mar 2023

"Health Technologies": How KIT and Users Develop Digital Medical Devices

The world is digital - this is especially true for medicine. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is now launching the "Health Technologies" center. The goal: the development of digital and technological medical products.

With more than 150 scientists from the disciplines of medical technology, additive manufacturing, robotics, life sciences and data sciences, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has launched the "Health Technologies" center. The aim of the center is to develop new medical products on a digital and technological basis.

Users must provide data

However, the researchers are not doing this alone. They are particularly dependent on the users for whom the medical products are intended. With smart watches or other intelligent devices, for example, users provide precise data on the human body that is incorporated into the research.

Andrea Robitzki, head of the KIT Health Technologies Center at KIT, says: "Our vision is for patients and citizens of the region to interact directly with doctors, clinics and other healthcare stakeholders in the greater Karlsruhe area. In this way, we want to create a unique ecosystem."

Responding to the needs of an ageing society

According to Professor Oliver Kraft, Vice President for Research at KIT, the project aims to respond to the needs of an ageing society and supplement these with modern, new offerings through research-oriented studies.

The researchers are working in areas such as humanoid robotics, exoskeletons, accelerator technologies for radiation diagnosis systems, biomaterials and precision medicine for personalized therapies. Research is also focusing on the protection of health data and digital health.

Find more information about the KIT project HERE.