HPI Digital Health Cluster


Press release

Harvard Business School health care economics expert Ariel Dora Stern appointed new HPI Visiting Professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute

How are novel medical technologies adopted and used in practice? What are the economic and public policy drivers of innovation? How is digitization transforming health care and medical technologies? These are core questions posed in research projects by Dr Ariel Dora Stern, who was recently appointed HPI Visiting Professor for Digital Health Economics and Policy, at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany.

"I am very delighted to welcome Ariel Dora Stern at the HPI. With her extensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of health care and economics, she will have a great impact on the innovative environment at the HPI and strengthen the transformation of digital health”, says Professor Christoph Meinel, Director and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI).

“I am energized by the innovative environment at HPI and the strong topical overlap with my own research interests”, says Professor Dr Ariel Dora Stern. “My main research focus is at the intersection of regulation, innovation, and digital technology in the health care sector and economics of health care.”

Stern is The Poronui Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School where she teaches “Transforming Health Care Delivery” in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) curriculum. Her original research has been published in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals. She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and national media.

“Ariel Stern is an internationally-renowned expert in the field of economics of health care, whose research and contributions in teaching will have a major impact on innovation and technology development in the health care sector and in the HPI Digital Health Master's program" says Professor Erwin Böttinger, Head of the HPI Digital Health Center.

Concurrently with her HPI Visiting Professorship, Dr Stern directs the International Health Care Economics team at the health innovation hub (hih) of the German Federal Ministry of Health. Stern studied economics at Dartmouth College, USA, and Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, USA. Her doctoral dissertation was written on “The Economics of Health Care and the Regulation of Medical Technology”.