Charité project receives first Ideas for Impact Award

As part of the first Ideas for Impact award ceremony in Berlin, the Bosch Health Campus honored the Charité project "Stay@Home – Treat@Home" with 100,000 euros and an award trophy. The project enables people in need of care to receive health monitoring and medical care at home using state-of-the-art technologies, thereby reducing hospital stays and relieving the burden on the healthcare system. In addition to an inspiring keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Berlin Social Science Center and exciting insights into the selection process of the expert jury, the presentation of the award and the emotional acceptance speeches by the two project managers, Prof. Dr. Nils Lahmann and Prof. Dr. Rajan Somasundaram, were the highlight of the event.

Bosch Health Campus | March 2024
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Stolz präsentieren die beiden Projektverantwortlichen von „Stay@Home – Treat@Home“, Prof. Rajan Somasundaram, Ärztlicher Leiter der Zentralen Notaufnahme am Campus Benjamin Franklin (rechts), und Prof. Nils Lahmann, Klinik für Geriatrie und Altersmedizin der Charité (links), ihren Preisträgerpokal und die dazugehörige Ideas for Impact-Urkunde.

The first award ceremony for the new health prize took place in the event rooms of the Robert Bosch Stiftung's representative office in Berlin at the end of February. Dr. Bernhard Straub, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, gave a warm welcome to the more than 100 guests, followed by an inspiring keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger on the opportunities and challenges of healthcare in a society of longer lives - and why prevention is the key to long-term health. She emphasized the urgent need to improve working conditions in the care professions in order to ensure high-quality care and that valuing the elderly is an essential part of a holistic healthcare system – because each of us is getting older every day. Allmendinger sees the strengthening of the education system as a further means of promoting awareness of health issues and supporting preventative measures.

During the jury talk, the experts explained how the selection process went and how the jury worked together. The members narrowed down the initial 100 projects to a shortlist, from which they then selected the winning project "Stay@Home – Treat@Home". Jury members Professor Dr. Ernst Th. Rietschel, founding director of the Berlin Institute of Health, and geriatrics professor Dr. Christine von Arnim from the University of Göttingen, see the great potential of the Ideads for Impact primarily in its visibility, which can not only help to improve healthcare for older people, but also make geriatric medicine in general more visible.

For the health of tomorrow

Dr. Ingrid Wünning Tschol, Director of the Robert Bosch Center for Innovative Health, emphasized that support after the award ceremony is also important to ensure that the winning project becomes even better known in society and finds as many imitators as possible. The Bosch Health Campus is providing an additional 80,000 euros for this purpose.

"Not only will the healthcare system develop differently in the future, but the speed of development will also change – and we need to adapt to this by looking at the trio of people, technology and organization. It's about using synergies. The prize offers an opportunity to create a spirit of optimism in a sector that is facing a crisis," explains Prof. Dr. Mark Dominik Alscher, jury member and Chief Executive Officer of the Bosch Health Campus.

Following the jury talk, Alscher and Arnim gave the laudatory speech. The "Stay@Home – Treat@Home" project has the potential to broaden the horizons of healthcare, enable a high quality of life and improve medical and therapeutic support for older people. An essential point is to promote the independence of relatives and to improve the organization of the network of outpatient and inpatient care in order to provide elderly people with optimal care and avoid hospital stays.

The highlight and emotional climax of the evening was the presentation of the award, during which a previously produced project film gave a vivid insight into the work of "Stay@Home – Treat@Home". Prof. Rajan Somasundaram, Medical Director of the Central Emergency Department at the Benjamin Franklin Campus, and Prof. Nils Lahmann from the Clinic for Geriatrics and Geriatric Medicine at Charité were ecstatic to receive the trophy and certificate. The two project managers were delighted to receive the award and the prize as confirmation of their work and saw it as an additional incentive for their efforts to improve healthcare in the future.

About the Ideas for Impact

The Ideas for Impact was first awarded in 2024 by the Bosch Health Campus on behalf of the Robert Bosch Stiftung with the aim of highlighting pioneering healthcare concepts and social innovations that promise better health and a better quality of life while having a positive impact on the development of healthcare as a whole.