Mount Sinai, Hasso Plattner Institute announce $15M digital health center

The Mount Sinai Health System and Germany’s Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) announced March 29 they’re collaborating to create the joint Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai, an affiliation the institutions say will combine medicine and tech to deliver powerful digital health tools.

The newly formed institute will be co-led by Joel Dudley, PhD, director of Mount Sinai’s Institute for Next Generation Healthcare, and Erwin P. Bottinger, MD, head of the Hasso Plattner Institute’s Digital Health Center in Potsdam, Germany. The HPI is donating $15 million to the effort to establish the new center.

According to a statement, the Hasso Plattner Institute at Mount Sinai will look to establish an organizational framework for collaboration and co-innovation across healthcare and digital engineering settings, extend funding opportunities to researchers across the world and research and test prototypes of digital health solutions for consumers, patients, providers and systems.

“Investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Hasso Plattner Institute have been publishing groundbreaking work in the areas of genome diagnostics, precision medicine, digital health, biomedical data science, artificial intelligence and information technology,” Dudley said in the statement. “The new Digital Health Institute will serve as an opportunity to leverage our combined expertise in these areas at scale in one of the largest and most socially and economically diverse health systems in the country.”

Bottinger agreed, noting both Mount Sinai and the HPI have made significant strides in the field of AI in recent years. He said that by joining forces, the two systems will be able to achieve “cutting-edge digital health services.”

“We know we can save lives, prevent disease and improve the health of patients with artificial intelligence (and) real-time analysis of comprehensive health data from electronic health records, genetic information and mobile sensor technologies,” Bottinger said.