Health and Environment – Medical technology

Medical research in Germany is extensive, diverse and interdisciplinary. So it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most important innovation areas in the German federal government’s high-tech strategy. Using the latest technologies, we develop effective methods and products to improve diagnosis, illness prevention, treatment, patient care and rehabilitation.

Gesundheit und Umwelt


Single cells lined up like ducks in a row

The new microhole chip can be populated with 200,000 single cells, each held in place in separate holes.
© Fraunhofer IBMT

The higher the concentration of tumor cells in the bloodstream, the greater the risk of metastasis. The number of circulating tumor cells indicates how well a patient is responding to therapy. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new microhole chip that enables cells to be identified and characterized reliably within minutes.

Proxemic Monitor – Multimodal interaction and adaptive visualization for intensive care units

© Fraunhofer HHI

Fraunhofer HHI presents Proxemic Monitor, a control station subproject. In a bid to increase hygiene and usability in intensive care units, the institute has developed a system of contactless, multimodal human-machine interaction and user-adaptive data visualization for control station and patient monitors. The subproject solution monitors users and their position as well as detecting and interpreting their hand gestures. The system is capable of detecting and interpreting a range of interactions – including hand gestures, head movements, voice commands, and keyboard and mouse.

Faster resistance analysis for patients with blood poisoning

A new technique for analyzing antibiotic resistance.
© Volker Lannert, Fraunhofer FIT |

A new technique for analyzing antibiotic resistance.

When treating cases of blood poisoning, doctors resort immediately to broad-spectrum antibiotics. The problem is that in many cases the bacteria are resistant to the medicine. Analyzing antibiotic resistance is a time-consuming process, and for many patients the results come too late. 

»SteriHealth« – for better hygiene in medicine

Poor hygiene, dirty operating instruments, hospital germs – reports on infections are becoming more frequent, and the consequences for patients are in some cases severe. New technologies for sterilization should lower the risk of infection in hospitals, doctor’s offices and rest homes. Fraunhofer researchers are working on solutions in the Beyond Tomorrow project »SteriHealth«.

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Fraunhofer Research Units

Hospital Engineering Labor at the inHaus Center in Duisburg

Fraunhofer’s Hospital Engineering Laboratory at the inHaus Center in Duisburg offers service providers and users in both inpatient and outpatient environments the opportunity to test new developments in a realistic setting and to showcase solutions’ capabilities. The research and testing platform includes a model hospital complete with reception area, a patient’s room, an operating room, and a rehabilitation area.