Health Care Enterprises

Contact Person:
André Baumgart

The Health Enterprise Competence Center is researching the ecosystem of private and public organizations that offer health / care services. This includes not only healthcare providers, but also private and public organizations shaping health conditions and well-being. (Health) companies are defined as complex, adaptive systems composed of people who share a common purpose or common goal. We describe the purpose of an organization as what it does for someone else. [Humble, et. al., Lean Enterprise, 2015, 8th release, Oreilly]



The competence center is currently focusing primarily on innovation research in health or health care. Research in the field of health care enterprises must be separated from health services research and health sciences, which is predominantly concerned with the outcome and quality of life of patients / people.

We have a 9 tier strategic program:

  • Investigation and development of new business models in health / health care using modern technology: how to develop Uber health care business models?
  • Cooperative network models for health enterprises: how health care works in enterprise networks?
  • Corporate Governance in health enterprises: what are innovative organisational designs for health 4.0?
  • Personlized Health: how the genomic evolution changes health and health care?
  • Digital Health care – Healthcare / Health 4.0: what rights does the patient have?
  • Artificial intelligence in medicine – Do bots replace the doctor?
  • Gamification and User Experience: better health data through user retention?
  • Blockchain and digital health ID: are distributed systems safer?
  • Big Data: how do we collect more, more “smarter” data, and to whom does the (health) data actually belong?


Dissertations in detail

“Modern corporate financing, focusing on modern hospital financing”

(ongoing Project D. Steiger, MLaw; Supervision Prof. Dr. F. Taisch)

In this dissertation, based on the Growing demand in the health sector and the limited opportunities of current hospital financing, new possibilities of hospital financing are to be analyzed and checked for their legal permissibility and feasibility. For this purpose, generally first the possibilities of a diversified financial planning and a modern company financing are addressed.

The development history and the configuration of current hospital financing in Switzerland (and particularly in the canton of Lucerne) are presented and their limits and problem fields highlighted. Finally, the paper focuses on explaining alternative possibilities of hospital financing by providing an opportunities and risk analysis as well as checking the legal permissibility and feasibility.


Master’s Theses in Detail

“Big data in the health sector – legal boundary conditions for the collection, storage and utilization of health data”

(completed project J. Balmer, BLaw; supervision Prof. Dr. F. Taisch)

The digitalization wave has now also reached the healthcare sector with some delay but associated with all the more hope. Hospitals and practices are increasingly getting rid of their paper-based files and introducing clinic information systems and digitalized patient files. In combination with the new data analysis options offered by Big Data methods, scientists from the medical and IT industry are now seeing the start of a new age of health research.

The Master‘s thesis examines what legal boundary conditions a private database has to take into account if it wants to collect and save health-related data of people and make them accessible to research. The focus here is on the general data protection regulations pursuant to the Data Protection Act (DSG), supplemented by the specifying provisions of the new human research law and background information and an outlook regarding the introduction of the law on the electronic patient file. According to the author‘s estimates, these legal boundary conditions constitute a pragmatic route between the privacy interests of the parties concerned and the research interest of science, meaning that the legal hurdles are solvable when operating such a database and the associated legal risks should be manageable.

master program

Executive Education

In 2014, a multi-day interdisciplinary training course (medicine, ethics, business administration, law) for chief physicians and executives of St. Gallen cantonal hospital was held. The new CAS RULG was developed in collaboration with Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (LUKS) and is managed by an interdisciplinary team under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Taisch (IFU I BLI University of Lucerne) and Dr. Guido Schüpfer (LUKS). The operational responsibility for conducting the training lies with Dr. André Baumgart (LUKS) and Prof. (FH) Dr. Alexander Jungmeister (IFU I BLI University of Lucerne).

The CAS provides answers to new challenges in the health-care sector with an interdisciplinary approach. Today, the market and framework conditions in the healthcare sectors are changing at increasing speed. Patient requirements, technologies, progress in medicine and legal boundary conditions and requirements of other stakeholders change quickly; business administration basics in the management of companies in the healthcare sector are also becoming increasingly more important.To specifically meet these challenges, the new CAS was launched in the thematic field „Law, company management and leadership in the healthcare sector“ in order to communicate legal and macroeconomic boundary conditions with fundamental management know-how
in the healthcare sector. The knowledge acquired in this way for the management of hospitals and other institutions of the healthcare sector make it possible to staff higher executive positions in the healthcare sector.


Publications, scientific conferences and conference papers

  • Ethics an Law in Medicine and Bio Sciences. Aktuelle Fallbeispiele aus klinischer Praxis und Forschung, Berlin 2014 (Elger/Biller-Adorno/Rütsche)
  • Personalized medicine, study for the Centre for Technology Consequences Appraisal (TA-SWISS), Zürich 2014 (Eckhardt/Navarini/Recher/Rippe/Rütsche/Telser/Marti)
  • The right of biomedical research on people: National law in the mirror of international principles, in: Medizin Recht, 10/2014 S. 725–733, Berlin 2014 (Rütsche)



Conducting of the CAS company management, law and leadership in the healthcare sector in collaboration with Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (LUKS) and various other training modules on company management and law in the healthcare sector for other hospitals. In addition, the conceptual planning of the competence center healthcare companies and its services are being driven forward and in particular research accentuated.

University Publications

  • Sponsors

    • Luzerner Kantonsspital CC

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    • Kantonsspital St.Gallen

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