Your Opinion

Short opinion pieces (500-700 words) with a strong thesis and policy recommendations are the core of the Open Think Tank. Some advice on how to write and submit a great op-ed. We also encourage you to comment on the articles by fellow members.

The best arguments from the articles and comments will be summarized in Atlantic Memos that are presented to decision-makers. in Transition

A lot has changed since launched as the first online foreign policy think tank in 2007 and we at the Atlantische Initiative e.V. feel the urge to rethink and adapt our online presence and our offers to you, the members of the Atlantic Community. While the current website will be archived, we will work on a new web presence and continue to gladly accept your contributions. View

Towards a More Inclusive Transatlantic Partnership: Update on the 2nd Atlantic Expedition

Fellows of the second Atlantic Expedition join forces to develop new strategies for communicating transatlantic relations to a diverse audience and consequently making the transatlantic relationship a more inclusive endeavor. Stay up to date and listen to what the next generation of transatlanticists has to say. View

Topic of the Month: The Future of Health Care

This August, we dealt with the topic of Digitalization and the Future of Health, kindly supported by IBM Deutschland. While the debate around the future of health care has been highly politicized, we looked beyond the discussions on Capitol Hill and examined the future of health, as the digitalization of health and medicine promise to change health care as we know it. View

Do We Need Data Donations?

In the age of Big Data, do we need new "data ethics" in healthcare? What could be the cornerstones of such ethics? The medical ethicists and chairwoman of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), Professor Christiane Woopen, Executive Director of the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (CERES), shares her position. (Foto: Reiner Zensen) View

eHealth - Tele-Monitoring and Tele-Medicine - Digital Innovation in the Life Science Sector in Germany

Dr. Wolfgang Rehmann discusses a wide range of legal topics associated with the tele-medical services offered, ranging from regulatory analysis of the devices used in tele-medicine and questions with respect to data protection and professional law for physicians to liability legislation. View

Digitalisation - Top Priority for the Health Care Industry

Dr. Kai Bindseil from Berlin Partner GmbH provides an overview of developments within the digital healthcare sector in the German capital region Berlin-Brandenburg - one of Europe’s most attractive life science and healthcare locations. While today’s focus is a regional one, it has global implications. View

Improving Elderly Care with Technology

Dr. Oliver Hüfner discusses how sufficient care for the elderly has been a major societal problem for many years. However, with advancements in technology, we have the potential to eliminate this problem. Standard smart home technology can transform an ordinary home into a caring home, helping its elderly inhabitants to stay there longer. View

A Laboratory in Your Pocket

Jennifer M Radin, Eric J Topol, Kristian G Andersen and Steven R Steinhubl discuss how rapid, point-of-care (POC) identification of pathogens could help efforts to control and manage infectious diseases. New techniques have enabled the development of mobile POC genomics-based diagnostic tests, which have the potential to provide faster throughput, simplify use, reduce costs, and improve portability. View

Assistive AI-Technologies Will Help Healthcare Providers Put the Patient First

Florian Bontrup argues that innovation in general and specifically artificial intelligence has the potential to turn the healthcare sector upside down. In his article, he explains how it will make healthcare more individual and personal, enable service providers to help people they have not properly served so far, and improve the lives of millions who suffer every day with new treatments. View

Opinion: Big Data Can Prevent Global Health Crises - It's Time to Make the Most of It

Gary Finnegan, Pratit Samdani, and Kamran Rafiq discuss how the use of wider disease surveillance data can help to build comprehensive pictures of real-time epidemic outbreaks. Every year, more than 1 million people die from vector-borne diseases. Big data and the use of technology can play a vital role in measuring impact and preventing the spread of disease outbreaks. View