Digital Health

made in Essen

  • 5 professorships in the field of Medical AI
  • 14 hospital sites
  • 1800 companies in health care and social services
  • 48800 employees work for patients and companies of the health sector


From the digital waiting room to the smart hospital

Harnessing AI to provide individualized medicinE

Essen is one of the most important medical and health care locations in Germany with research and patient care at the highest international level. Here, professionals from science and industry as well as medical care are working together on the crucial future areas of smart hospitals, artificial intelligence and digitalization. This is where the technological trends are set that will revolutionize health care and improve prevention, diagnostics and therapy.



  • 14 hospital sites organized in 4 networks
  • 5,500 hospital beds
  • 1,300 resident doctors and dentists
  • 750,000 patients from Germany and abroad are treated in Essen every year
  • 48,800 employees work for patients and companies of the health sector
  • 1,800 companies in health care and social services

The 2021 investment campaign

Essen is consolidating its position as one of the most important and innovative healthcare locations in Germany and Europe.

€63 million was invested in a technically sophisticated new building with state-of-the-art digital surgical technology for the surgery centre for ophthalmology and ENT medicine at Essen University Hospital. Here, Essen University Hospital has opened the three-story surgery centre with eight operating rooms comprising of around 7,000 m².

Twelve million euros are being invested in the new four-story building for the recently opened Centre for Rare Lung Diseases at the Ruhrland Clinic. The foundation stone has already been laid. The majority of the project is being funded by the Ministry of Health.

Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Steele has invested €7 million and thus continuing its investment activities.

Digital Health

STORYS from companies in Essen



With around 48,800 employees subject to social insurance contributions, the healthcare industry is the strongest sector in Essen. Beyond the area of medical care, it is the approximately 1,800 companies in the health and social services sector that drive employment development in this sector and make the world a little healthier every day with their products and services. One of these companies is opta data. For more than 50 years, the family-run group of companies headquartered in Essen, Germany, has been developing custom-fit services and digital solutions for everyday operations in a wide range of healthcare sectors – with the goal of providing the best possible support for its more than 60,000 customers. More than 2,700 dedicated employees also offer bank-independent financing, digital communication products and targeted telemarketing. As an innovation leader, opta data is actively shaping the digitization of healthcare and is the market leader in the field of telematics infrastructure.

Factsheet Health Sector


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