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


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

© Photo 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.
© Photo 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. 

Single molecule detection machine for nucleic acid analytics

Fraunhofer FIT developed a Single Molecule Detection Machine for the analysis of ultra-small amounts of nucleic acid. The system can be used to identify biomarkers that are early indicators of a disease or allow forecasting the response to a therapy. Fraunhofer FIT will also demonstrate their ZETA imaging software that is used in drug research.

Breast cancer – combining imaging techniques for quicker and gentler biopsies

© Photo Fraunhofer IBMT

Taking tissue samples can often be a traumatic experience for breast cancer patients. There are also significant costs associated with the procedure when magnetic resonance imaging is used. Fraunhofer scientists working on the MARIUS project are developing a more cost-effective biopsy method that is easier on patients.

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Plasma makes wounds heal quicker

Many people suffer from skin disorders. Open wounds are a particularly acute problem, especially among the elderly. PlasmaDerm, a new medical technology solution, uses plasma to facilitate faster healing of wounds.

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»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

Automatische Dokumentation mithilfe von RFID-Funkchips sowie ein mobiler OP-Tisch, der weniger Umbettungen erfordert, entlasten das OP-Personal.
© Photo Markus Steur/Fraunhofer

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.

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