A People-Focused Research Center for the
Social Economy and a Health Care Learning Hub
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A People-Focused Research Center for the
Social Economy and a Health Care Learning Hub
About Us

The Digital Urban Center for Aging and Health (DUCAH) stands for a new kind of approach between digitalization, urbanization, and health. DUCAH is a people-centered research center in the care, health, and social economy, as well as a learning hub in healthcare.

DUCAH was created through an initiative of the Internet and Society Foundation (HIIG). DUCAH is a cooperative organization. It conducts research primarily in neighborhoods, in urban and rural areas in care quarters, and in hospitals - at the place of action, in the:


Let's imagine...

... that our lives, our health, and our aging in a digital society will become more individual, more data-based, more networked, more preventive, more dignified, and at the same time more affordable.

... that this is made possible by smart healthcare systems that put people first and develop healthy neighborhoods.

... that this can be achieved with digital and social innovations - between research disciplines, industries, government, and betweeen business and civil society.

Our Motivation and Fundamental Principles
  • Design

    Design of a Europe-wide showcase model on the topic of digitized living by means of neighborhood-based pilot projects. The goal: "Assisted Living & Aging in a Digital Society.

  • Prototyping

    Here, the focus is particularly on piloting and accompanying research into innovative concepts and scaling collaboration between established companies, solution providers and digital health start-ups.

  • Accompaniment

    Accompaniment through digital field studies and research using "action-based research" and political advice.

  • Collaboration

    Collaborative, interindustry, and intersectoral innovation.

  • Development

    Development of self-determined preventive-

    and care systems.

  • Research

    Research and design within Learning Labs.

Together we are strong. That is the proven principle of a cooperative. Together with its cooperative members, DUCAH eG works towards one goal: "Living better for longer".
Cooperative Members
Network Partners
Scientific Network
Solution Partners
Our Team
At DUCAH, we focus on people. Without the initiators, dedicated employees, and the members of the cooperative, we would not be where we are today with DUCAH.
Here you can get to know some of the people at DUCAH.
Get to know us
Our Approach
The DUCAH Cooperative
DUCAH is one of the first research cooperatives in Germany in this field. It conducts people-centered research at the site of health, care, and aging events - but primarily in care quarters and in hospitals.

The goal is to support those who need care, caregivers, family members, and physicians, primarily with the support of digital technologies.

The Approach
The great added value of DUCAH lies in the networking of application and research - i.e. scientific and practical findings. In this way, prototypes are created with comparative accompanying research, a kind of real-life laboratory for those involved - the "better-living quarters".
Innovations from research are transferred into practice, application experiences influence research in return.
DUCAH connects health, social, real estate, and digital industries integrally with each other and thus achieves . . .
. . . that digital applications relieve the burden on nursing staff.
. . . that medical solutions that are developed make the daily lives of patients and caregivers easier, thus making care easier physically.
. . . that self-determined living in familiar surroundings is much easier in old age.
Services and Products
The focal points worked on by DUCAH include the following products and services:
Take Part
Do you want to make a difference in the health and care industry?
Then you should become a member of the DUCAH cooperative. In this way, you will contribute to the development of the research field of "Digital Health and Aging". Help shape Germany's digital future and improve the economic and social understanding of digital processes. Contribute to profile building and support - carried by the DUCAH cooperative - your own mission. Enter into a direct exchange with all relevant stakeholders around Digital Health and Aging.

DUCAH is organized as a registered cooperative. This has many advantages for cooperative members:
Financial advantage:
Less expensive access and support for the implementation of digitization projects in care.
Research access:
Access to research, especially in the context of digitization.
Close collaboration with science and research:
The collaboration of science, industry and institutions in a holistic network.
Own competitive advantage:
Giving members a competitive advantage for their own business model.

Become a DUCAH member:
more information: info@ducah.de
Scientific Articles and
Publications (DE)
  • Aging, Independent Living and Technology

    White Paper

    Das White Paper beleuchtet das Älterwerden in der digitalen Gesellschaft, mit besonderem Fokus auf selbstbestimmtes Leben und Altern zu Hause. Es gibt Einblicke in die Versprechen und Herausforderungen von altersgerechten Technologien, den aktuellen Stand der Forschung zum Thema „Aging in Place“ sowie in die Bandbreite an Lösungen, die den verschiedenen Stakeholdern zur Verfügung stehen. Die wichtigste Erkenntnis des Whitepapers ist die Notwendigkeit eines strategischen, multidisziplinären Ansatzes für die Forschung und das Design von Lösungen für alternde Menschen. Es stellt das DUCAH Learning / Living Lab vor, eine vom Digital Urban Center for Aging and Health entwickelte Forschungsplattform, die Systeme erforscht und entwickelt, welche sich an den Menschen und sein Leben anpassen, die Forschungs- und Innovationsprozesse in reale Lebens- und Arbeitsumgebungen integriert und die

    Autoren: Paul Jackson, Thomas Schildhauer, Annika Ulich, Jörg Pohle und Stephan A. Jansen

    mehr Informationen

  • Wie wird das digitale Gesundheitssystem fit für die Menschen?


    Im Zuge der Digitalisierung wird soziale Wirklichkeit immer konsequenter in objektivierende Datenbestände überführt. Die Herausbildung entsprechender Datenkompetenzen – also das ABC und grundlegendes Wissen über Daten, deren Verwendung, technische Voraussetzungen, rechtliche Aspekte und kulturelle Auswirkungen – ist grundlegend für das selbstbestimmte Entscheiden innerhalb dieser digitalisierten und datafizierten Gesellschaft. Annika Ulich skizziert in ihrem Beitrag “Wie wird das digitale Geesundheitssystem fit für die Menschen” wie diese Entwicklungen im Gesundheitssystem mit Blick auf die Zielgruppe 65+ zu bewerten sind.

    Autorin: Annika Ulich

    mehr Informationen

DUCAH in the Media
  • Tagesspiegel Background “DUCAH will Altern mit digitalen Mitteln erreichen"
  • rbb radio “Neues Zentrum forscht zur Pflege der Zukunft"
  • brandeins "Altern ist eine spannende Zeitreise"
  • ÄrzteZeitung “Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health: Berlin dreht das große Versorgungsrad"
  • ECOreporter "Evangelische Bank tritt Bündnis für mehr Digitalisierung im Gesundheitswesen bei"
  • Management&Krankenhaus "Forschungsinitiative wird zum Unternehmen"
  • Medinfoweb "Evangelische Bank ist Gründungsmitglied der DUCAH eG – Beteiligung in Aufsichtsrat und Vorstand"
  • CareInvest "Evangelische Bank setzt auf Digitalisierung der Pflege"
  • OpenPR "DUCAH-Genossenschaft gegründet – aus einer Forschungsinitiative ist ein Unternehmen geworden"
  • kma online "Vivantes und Charité unterstützen DUCAH-Forschungscenter"
Please write to us with your questions, concerns, and interests about the DUCAH cooperative at info@ducah.de
Many of our employees work from home offices.

Kissinger Straße 1-2, 14199 Berlin
Opening hours from Mo.-Fr. 10-16h
Tel: +49 30 814885014

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer

Scientific Director and Initiator of the Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health DUCAH, board of Directors of Stiftung Internet und Gesellschaft and research director at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Prof. Wolfgang Hünnekens

Board of directors and co-initiator of the Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health DUCAH, honorary professor for digital communication at the UdK Berlin, managing partner of Hünnekens Beteiligungen GmbH

Mathias Güde

Board of Directors Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health DUCAH, General Manager and Director Business Development & Operations at Evangelische Bank