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HNU Pro­fessor Wal­ter Swoboda is a new ex­pert in highest de­cision-mak­ing body of the joint self-​gov­ern­ing Ger­man health­care sys­tem

17.11.2020, Press Release :

With Prof. Dr. med. Walter Swoboda, Professor at the Faculty of Health Management at University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm (HNU), the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) has appointed a new member to its Innovation Committee for the Promotion of Health Services Research. The G-BA is the highest decision-making body of the joint self-governing German healthcare system.


Prof. Dr. Walter Swoboda, physician, computer scientist and research professor at HNU, will strengthen the expert pool of the G-BA Innovation Committee from 2021. 

"The nomination of Prof. Dr. Walter Swoboda is a great honor - also for HNU", says President Prof. Dr. Uta M. Feser. "We are delighted to be able to contribute to the further development of healthcare research with his expertise".

Expert pool of the G-BA makes funding decisions on health services research

With these experts, the Federal Joint Committee ensures that its Innovation Committee has the necessary scientific and practical expertise. This involves new, innovative forms of healthcare that go beyond the current standard provided by the public health insurance funds. The tasks of the members include defining the emphases and criteria for funding in funding notices and taking decisions on funding applications received.

"Digital therapy will play an important role in the future. I am very much looking forward to assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of new procedures," explains Swoboda.

The term of office of the honorary experts on the Innovation Committee of the Federal Joint Committee is two years; re-appointment is possible.

Joint Federal Committee (G-BA)

The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) is the highest decision-making body of the joint self-government of physicians, dentists, hospitals and health insurance funds in Germany. It issues directives for the benefit catalogue of the statutory health insurance funds (GKV) for more than 73 million insured persons and thus specifies which services in medical care are reimbursed by the GKV.


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