Medicine is the only subject for which the Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat, WR) issues separate and regular recommendations and statements on all issues relating to teaching, research and patient care. These deal with all facets of university medicine and also take into account legal and structural issues in this field. Beyond university medicine, the WR is increasingly addressing issues at the interface between the science and healthcare systems.
Most recently, the WR adopted a position paper on digitisation and data use for health research and care (German version only):
In his view, a digitised healthcare system not only promises to make life easier for healthcare professionals and patients, but is also an essential prerequisite for data-intensive healthcare research. This, in turn, can bring entirely new and high-quality healthcare options to citizens.
In two recommendations, the Science and Humanities Council in 2016 and 2021 commented on a comprehensive program for the further development of university medicine in the coming years. Find out more...