Digitisation in Germany (a quick overview)

Here is a quick overview of the fields currently being transformed by digitisation in Germany.

E-Health: consumer demand is powering digital medicine in Germany

Digitisation affects all areas of healthcare – including the classic primary healthcare market with the health insurance companies and the secondary healthcare market (privately funded products), which comprises stationary and ambulatory sectors as well as the care sector. It aims to network all stakeholders: patients, doctors, hospitals, insurers, pharmacies, etc.

Research: government in Germany is focusing on systems and security

The ICT sector is one of the most innovative in Germany and accounts for around 10 percent of total German research expenditure. In its efforts to promote innovation, the federal government focuses its support on four main themes: systems, communication systems, IT security research and electronics systems.

E-Commerce: Germany benefits from high number of e-commerce users

Germany is among the leading countries in Europe when it comes to the number of e-commerce users. According to the Federal Association for Information Technology (BITCOM), the number of online shoppers is 51 million.

E-Government: digitisation for the citizens

E-government solutions are already widely used in Germany, with institutions driving the move towards further digitisation. As a result, around EUR 20 billion was spent on information and communication technologies as well as IT services in 2013.

Legal Action: Policy framework for digitisation in Germany

Foreign digital companies are generally subject to the same conditions as German companies when they set up subsidiaries in Germany. Germany offers the digital economy a reliable legal framework.

Industry 4.0: German Innovation

Industry 4.0 is not only the name of the fourth industrial age in which processing and production are enhanced with the aid of smart systems. It also refers to an initiative of the German Federal Government. The latter launched this move as part of its “high-tech strategy 2020” policy in order to establish Germany as the market leader in the field of advanced manufacturing solutions.

FinTech: financial start-ups attracted to Berlin

Financial technology companies – so called fintechs – are in the process of catching up with and overtaking established financial service providers.

Communications:

Today, CRM systems have become indispensable for managing enhanced customer relationships, especially in larger companies.

Intelligent Cities / Smart Cities: the energy transition is the core of the smart city in Germany

In Germany, the issue of smart cities is not first and foremost a matter of building new cities. Instead, the thematic focus is on expanding existing infrastructure and buildings and on implementing technological upgrades.

Photo credit: http://www.colourbox.com. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI).

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