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Discover OptiMedis AG,

a German company that supports the development of value-based healthcare in Germany since 2003, such as the integrated care network Gesundes Kinzigtal in Baden-Württemberg.


  • Country

    Germany

  • Category

    Integrated care network

  • Type of innovation

    Organizational and financial

Get on board virtually to Germany to explore the integrated care model of OptiMedis AG.

OptiMedis AG has one mission: support the transformation of the German healthcare system by fostering value through the creation of integrated care networks. In Gesundes Kinzigtal, a group of doctors works since 2004 towards a shift of perspective. In partnership with other healthcare professionals, hospitals, or insurance companies, they aim to improve the global health status of the local population. Focusing on prevention, care coordination and data analytics provided by OptiMedis AG, Gesundes Kinzigtal reinvents the future of healthcare.

Several guides will accompany you all along this eJourney discussing key benefits and best practices in community-based dementia care.

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Health care calls for innovation

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The German healthcare system is fragmented among different regions (16 Länder) and a myriad of care providers, with 105 public sickness funds and about 45 private health insurances, 1.927 Hospitals and 360.000 physicians. Primary care providers cooperation is strongly regulated, and a doctor is for example not allowed to associate with physiotherapists. Local experimentations are only allowed since 2000, opening the way to new modes of organization such as integrated care networks.

Meet your expert guides

Chairman of the Board of OptiMedis AG

Dr. Helmut Hildebrandt

Dr h. c. Helmut Hildebrandt is Chairman of the Board of OptiMedis AG since Jan 2010. Helmut Hildebrandt gathers more than 30 years of experience in the field of healthcare. He holds a pharmacy diploma from Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany, and has worked intensively with the World Health Organisation (Copenhagen) and in health sciences with the University of Hamburg. During his 20 years as founder and chair of a consulting firm to the healthcare industry (Hildebrandt GesundheitsConsult GmbH) he worked for leading hospitals, sickness funds, health insurances, physician networks, pharmaceutical and biomedical companies, ministries and many others. In 1999 he used the opportunity of a consultancy with the German health ministry to help introducing the possibility of managed care contracting into the German healthcare law.

CEO of Gesundes Kinzigtal

Dr. Christoph Löschmann

Christoph Löschmann, PhD is CEO of Gesundes Kinzigtal GmbH located in Hausach/Germany. He has gained more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. Christoph Löschmann holds a doctorate in psychology from Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg and is a certified psychological psychotherapist. He has a record of more than 15 years working for the university of Freiburg in research, teaching, and patient care. Following his career at university he worked as responsible manager for a nationwide hospital group before becoming Managing Director as well as CEO of several of its subsidaries in 2002. From 2010 on he was part of the board of one of Germanys largest hospital networks with more than 1700 employees and responsible for quality management as well as business strategy. In 2014 Löschmann founded a management company to support health care companies, and in parallel took over the management of a private clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy in 2015. In 2019 Löschmann was appointed CEO of Gesundes Kinzigtal.

Senior Manager Project Development

Dr. Manfred Zahorka

Manfred Zahorka, MD, MPH, EOQ auditor is a family physician, epidemiologist and public health expert. Following 10 years of clinical and family medicine practice he worked for more than 30 years in international health development projects mostly in the area of health systems development, family medicine, integrated people centred health services, and quality management in health. For the last decade he focussed on chronic disease management, vertical and horizontal integration of multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams and supported the development of community integrated care solutions in various European countries in cooperation with OptiMedis AG. At present he works for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute at the University of Basel and OptiMedis AG. For OptiMedis he supports the implementation of its territorial integrated care model at the Eurometropol Strasbourg and Pays de Saverne.

They will also guide you

Dörte Tillack

General practitioner

Marina Kaiser-Waidele

Sport coach at the Gesund+Aktiv Trainingswelt

What you will get on this eJourney

A complete step by step program

  • 1

    Welcome to OptiMedis AG

    • Welcome to Hambourg

    • What makes OptiMedis' care integration care model unique?

    • What lead to the foundation of OptiMedis?

    • How are the shared saving contracts organized financially?

    • Efficiency of the model - The Kinzigtal example

    • How is the integrated care model different from traditional care systems?

    • How do you create a culture of integrated care among patients and providers?

    • How did you develop your network of care professionals?

    • Why and how do you make use of the OptiMedis database analysis?

    • What are the key benefits of OptiMedis integrated care model for the population, professionals and insurers?

    • What are the key advices for the adoption of an integrated model by other groups of providers?

    • What are the best conditions for the implementation of the integrated care model?

    • What makes you the proudest about the work of OptiMedis?

    • What is your background working with OptiMedis integrated care model?

    • What is an integrated care organization?

    • How does OptiMedis evaluate its success?

    • What are the strengths of OptiMedis integrated care model?

    • How can OptiMedis integrated care model be transposed into different contexts?

    • Where is the OptiMedis integrated care model implemented?

    • How is the model being implemented in France?

    • How does the model deal with the fragmentation of the healthcare system?

    • What are the advantages for physicians and other care providers to be part of a integrated care network?

    • What are the advantages for patients to be part of an integrated care network?

    • What are you most proud of OptiMedis approach to healthcare?


    • How was the OptiMedis model implemented in Kinzigtal?

  • 2

    Welcome to Gesundes Kinzigtal

    • What is Gesundes Kinzigtal?

    • How is OptiMedis AG supporting Gesundes Kinzigtal integrated care network?

    • Who does Gesundes Kinzigtal care for?

    • How many people work for Gesundes Kinzigtal?

    • How is Gesundes Kinzigtal different from another healthcare provider?

    • What is the role of a General Practitioner in Gesundes Kinzigtal network?

    • What are the results of Gesundes Kinzigtal for the population?

    • What are the financial results of Gesundes Kinzigtal?

    • What are succes factors to implement an integrated care organization?

    • What are the missions of the sport center?

    • How does the work of a General Practitioner in Gesundes Kinzigtal differ from a regular primary care office?

  • 3

    Download the Workbook recaping key takeaways

    • eJourney - OptiMedis - Workbook

  • 4

    Feedback Survey

    • Feedback Survey