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In honor of the World Patient Safety Day, we are opening access to the Interview On Patient Engagement And Empowerment Through Health Information Technology, Dr Ronen Rozenblum, Harvard Med School from our QI Forum:



Starting Soon – Tutored Online Courses & Face-to-face Courses

Quality Improvement – Tutored Online Course

01.11. 2020 – 30.04.2021: Quality Improvement- A Key for Health Systems Strengthening (7.5 ECTS) 

Social Protection – Online Courses in Cooperation with Maastricht School of Governance

31.08 – 05.10.2020: Public Policy Processes (2 ECTS)

05.10. – 04.11.2020: Public Policy Analysis (2 ECTS) & Public Policy Processes (2 ECTS) 

09.11 – 19.12.2020: Policy Analysis in Social Protection (2 ECTS) & Public Policy Analysis (2 ECTS)

14.12.2020 – 06.02.2021 (incl. Christmas break): Public Policy Processes (2 ECTS) & Policy Analysis in Social Protection (2 ECTS)

Social Protection – Face-to-face Courses Heidelberg 2021

19.04 – 23.04.2021: Introduction to Social Protection (in cooperation with AOK Consulting) (1,5 ECTS)

26.04 – 30.04.2021: Business Administration in Social Protection (1,5 ECTS)

03.05 – 07.05.2021: Controlling in Pension systems (in cooperation with German Pension Fund) (1,5 ECTS)

10.05 – 14.05.2020: Controlling in Health Insurance (in cooperation with AOK consulting) (1,5 ECTS)

17.05 – 21.05.2021: Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Protection Systems (in cooperation with Maastricht Graduate School of Governance) (1,5 ECTS)




Heidelberg Institute of Global Health – Lecture Series

SARS-CoV2 – Test, test, test… but how, who, and when? 

This event will take place Thursday, the 16th of July at 17:15 (UTC +2)

Presented by: Dr. med. Claudia Denkinger

You can access the event via: / Password: globalhealth
Here the link to the FB event:


KEEP STUDYING – 50% Off Online Courses

Keep studying with our online courses portfolio covering Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Social Protection


50% offer available till 31st December 2020


Stellenausschreibung – Internationale Langzeitfachkraft für GIZ Tansania Projekt

Die Health Focus GmbH und evaplan GmbH stellen gemeinsam ein Team von qualifizierten Fachkräften für folgende Ausschreibung der GIZ in Tansania zusammen. Gesucht wird eine internationale Fachkraft mit dem in der Stellenausschreibung aufgeführten Profil.

Wenn Sie an der Stelle und an einer Zusammenarbeit mit uns interessiert sind, übersenden Sie uns bitte Ihren Lebenslauf. Sollten Sie Fragen haben, zögern Sie bitte nicht, uns über zu kontaktieren. Projektdetails und die Aufgabenbeschreibung für die Position entnehmen Sie bitte der Stellenausschreibung.

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New Publication Available

Sandra Oerther, Hanna Jöst, Anna Heitmann, Renke Lühken, Andreas Krüger, Irmgard Steinhausen, Christine Brinker, Susanne Lorentz, Michael Marx, Jonas Schmidt‑Chanasit, Torsten Naucke and Norbert Becker. Phlebotomine sand flies in Southwest Germany: an update with records in new locations. Parasites & Vectors (2020) 13:173.


KEEP STUDYING – 50% Off Online Courses

Keep studying with our online courses portfolio covering Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Social Protection


50% offer available till 30th June 2020



STAY CONNECTED – 4th International QI Forum 2020 Going Virtual

Registrations are still open for the upcoming 4th International Quality Improvement Forum.

With the current crisis, the discussion on the role of digital solutions in patient safety is now more current than ever. We are thus switching to a virtual format in order to keep the date for both the forum and the Digital Transformation and Health Course.


“Digitizing in the Health Care System” – Training by AOK International Consulting and Nortal

The training will take place in Tallinn, Estonia from the 4th to the 8th of May, 2020. 

Estonia is the leading country in Europe when it comes to the digitization of administration, healthcare or other areas of life. Therefore, we offer a one-week training in Tallinn for all those who are directly or in interface positions involved in the digitization of products or processes in the healthcare system to learn from experts of our partners. The trainers impart their knowledge in input presentations, interactive workshops and guided group work sessions. On-site visits complete the seminar with insights into practical digital workflows. At the beginning of May there will be a training partly in German, partly in English. Registration till beginning of April. A fully English and a fully Russian training will take place in the second half of 2020. For further information please contact Karin Dobberschütz, Head of AOK International Consulting by KomPart:

You will learn how to:

– evaluate and assess a digitalization project;

– how to structure the process;

– detect priorities and influencing factors in such projects and how to handle them.


Training Programm



4th International QI Forum Heidelberg 2020



Webinar “Introducing the Social Protection Certificate”

A webinar recording of “Introducing the Social Protection Certificate” by Dr. Svetla Loukanova is now available:



New Online Course in Patient Safety

e-Learning Course

Patient safety in clinical and resource-poor settings

90 h investment time

The course gives general understanding on patient safety and an integrated approach to patient safety programs by focusing on different dimensions: governance and legislation, quality improvement, human recourses, organization, management, culture and financial impact.

More Information

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New Short Online Course in Quality Improvement – FRENCH Version

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New Short Online Course in Quality Improvement (in English)

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Short Online Course: Quality Improvement (English) (3 ECTS)



New Postgraduate Accredited Courses in Social Protection

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Online Courses

A1. Introduction to Social Protection: A Systems Approach to Universal Social Protection

A2. The Visible Hand – The many Facets of Social Health Protection Financing

A3. Pension Systems for an Aging Population

A4. Controlling in Health Insurance (in cooperation with AOK consulting)

Online & Face-to-Face Courses

Certificate in Social Protection Heidelberg – Mix of Online + Face-to-Face Courses

More Information

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“Quality improvement of health systems in an epidemic context” – New Publication available:

2019: Brugnara L, Pervilhac C, Kohler F, Dramé ML, Sax S, Marx M. Quality improvementof health systems in an epidemic context: A framework based on lessons from the Ebola virus disease out-break in West Africa.Int J Health Plann Mgmt. 2019;1–16.

New E-Learning Course with 3 ECTS: “The Visible Hand – the Many Facets of Social Health Protection Financing”


More Information

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Dr Peter Lachmann will be giving a public lecture on Patient Safety at the University Hospital of Heidelberg on April 8th 2019 

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New publications : 

2018 Dramé, M. , Houehanou, C. , Sogbohossou, P. , Paré, R. , Ekambi, A. , Mizéhoun-Adissoda, C. , Houinato, D. , Gyselinck, K. , Marx, M. , Martins, M. and Ferrinho, P. (2018) Determinants of High Blood Pressure and Quality of Management in Three Regions of Benin. Open Journal of Epidemiology, 8, 14-28. doi: 10.4236/ojepi.2018.81002.

2018 John Ovretveit, Lisa Dolan-Branton, Michael Marx, Amy Reid, Julie Reid, Bruce Agins; Adapting improvements to context: when, why and how?, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 30, Issue suppl_1, 20 April 2018, Pages 20–23,


“If you can’t measure it – you can’t change it” – New publications available : 

E-Learning course with 7,5 ECTS on Quality Improvement: for Health Systems Strengthening 

A new e-learning course is available for registration until end of April 2018 on the website of the University Hospital Heidelberg! It was created in cooperation with evaplan GmbH, aQua Institute, Heidelberg University & Common Sense eLearning & training consultants GmbH. The course aims to increase competencies for strategic decision making in managing quality, enhance skills in quality improvement mechanisms and build positive patient-centered attitudes. Register here.

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“HubBerlin – breakthrough innovations in healthcare from Tanzania and Kenya”

Moderated by Friederike Paul-Fariborz – evaplan, the digital health network of the expert network of the GIZ Innovation Factory showcased some breakthrough digital health innovations from Tanzania (Mwawi Mlekano – ITIDO) and Kenya (Steven Wanyee – Intellisoft) at this years HubBerlin:


Learning at the System Level to Improve Healthcare Quality and Safety” – ISQua Conference London 2017

Prof. Dr. Michael Marx will be presenting at this year’s ISQua Conference in London 4 October 2017 during a follow up session on the Heidelberg QI Forum for Health “How to fit patient safety into QI mechanisms?”


“Connecting health – systemic mHealth solutions for better pregnancy and birth giving care”

The Innovation Factory, a global initiative which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), presented digital solutions for pregnancy and delivery care at this year’s re:publica media convention in Berlin.

A multidisciplinary team of health and IT professionals from four countries – Tanzania, Cameroon, Kenya, and Germany – showcased their digital solutions in the panel session ‘Connecting health – systemic mHealth solutions for better pregnancy and birth giving care’. The Innovation Factory provides a collaborative and creative space to develop and support digital health solutions that are in line with the four partner countries’ national priorities. For more information about the cross-country ideation process and approach, have a look at the video of the Innovation Factory’s session at re:publica with Friederike Paul-Fariborz from evaplan, Mwawi Leah Mlekano, Executive Director ITIDO LTD Tanzania, Annie Hortense Atchoumi, representive core team Cameroon, Steven Macharia, Technical Director Digital Health Kenya, and Titus Kühne, Director Institute of Computer-assisted Medi at Charité Berlin.


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The Heidelberg Quality Improvement Forum for Health (QI Forum) was established in 2014 with the aim to bring quality improvement (QI) and health system strengthening (HSS) experts together and build a platform for information, exchange, critical analysis and discussion of QI mechanisms, initiatives and approaches in the context of HSS.

The QI Forum is organised by evaplan International Health at the University Hospital Heidelberg in collaboration with the AQUA Institute, Göttingen and the Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University. For the 2017 QI Forum evaplan has also partnered with ISQua, The International Society for Quality in Health.

The 3rd Heidelberg QI Forum for Health took place from 15-16 June 2017 and disussed: How to fit Patient Safety into QI mechanisms?

With a focus on QI mechanisms in Low and Middle Income Countries, this year’s forum inquired if current QI mechanisms reflect Patient Safety issues, if there is a demand in formulating and reformulating certain standards to actually reflect these issues. The Forum addressed the challenges of using Patient Safety data for health system strengthening and also explored hidden Patient Safety issues related to culture, gender, ethnicity and marginalisation.