The HiGHmed project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the “Medical Informatics” funding scheme. This funding scheme was designed to fund initiatives that will foster the digitalization in the field of medicine. Built in a modular way, it gives funding to 7 selected consortia during a currently ongoing conceptual phase, which is then followed by substantial funding for a small number of initiatives during subsequent phases.

HiGHmed aims to develop and use innovative information infrastructures to increase the efficiency of clinical research and to swiftly translate research results into validated improvements of patient care. These aims are tightly connected with challenges to integrate and further develop solutions of innovative, internationally interoperable data integration and methods, with the aim to demonstrate their added value for health research and patient care. The concepts must be designed in a way that will help to develop sustainable structures and with the perspective for an easy roll-out to other hospitals.

The full proposal for the HiGHmed concept has been submitted to the BMBF at the end of April and is currently under review.

Work in the HiGHmed consortium is organized in eleven targeted work packages:

  • WP 1: Semantic Interoperability
  • WP 2: Syntactic Interoperability
  • WP 3: Analytics, Visualization & Apps
  • WP 4: Data security and privacy
  • WP 5: Teaching and Training
  • WP 6: Project Management
  • WP 7: Ethics
  • WP 8: Use Case Oncology
  • WP 9: Use Case Cardiology
  • WP 10: Use Case Infection Control
  • WP 11: Roll-out

Medical informatics „is the science of systematic collection, maintenance, storage, retrieval and provision of the data, information and knowledge in medicine and the health care sector. It is driven by the desire to achieve the best health care possible”.

Definition by the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS)
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