In mid-January, the Robert Koch Institute announced that President Lothar Wieler would be reorienting himself professionally. Now it is also clear where exactly he is going: He remains loyal to the healthcare sector and wants to push ahead with its digitization in the future.

He led Germany through the pandemic, and then he recently announced his departure from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI): Thanks to Corona, Lothar Wieler is probably the best-known expert in infectious medicine in the Federal Republic.

Now it is also clear where he will end up after leaving the RKI on April 1st: Lothar Wieler will become spokesman at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), specifically at the Digital Health Cluster, which will also start on April 1st. The institute announced this on Tuesday morning.

In his role as President of the RKI, Wieler made a name for himself, especially during the corona pandemic. However, apart from Corona, he also pushed ahead with the digital transformation at the RKI. He can and should now continue this at the Hasso Plattner Institute. Among other things, the institute has set itself the task of improving complex relationships in large amounts of data using modern computer science.

At the newly opened Digital Health Cluster, whose spokesman Wieler will be, they now want to advance this in the field of public health and thus improve health care in Germany and the world. Work is being done there on “using innovative solutions to be able to treat diseases better or, ideally, prevent them entirely.”

“We are very pleased that with Professor Lothar Wieler we have been able to win such a renowned expert in the field of public health for the HPI,” says Tobias Friedrich, Managing Director and Dean of the HPI. “He will use our existing know-how in the field of digital technologies optimally complemented by his scientific expertise and experience in the field of public health.”

Wieler describes the HPI as “one of the leading research institutes in the digital world” and says: “This pandemic will not have been the last, but we can better prepare for the next one by drawing the right conclusions now and investing in research .” He is looking forward to being able to contribute as spokesman for the HPI to advancing digitization in public health nationally and internationally.

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