HiGHmed is an interdisciplinary project funded under the Medical Informatics Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Eight university hospitals and 14 partners from industry and academia are collaborating to overcome the most pressing hurdles in medical informatics. The careful design of the three prototypical use cases oncology, cardiology and infection control allows HiGHmed to address a variety of specific challenges in the field while reflecting the complementary strength of the partner sites. Through safe data integration centres (MeDICs) which integrate data from care, research and external sources, the project will establish a technology platform enabling clinicians to take data-based and patient-centric decisions. HiGHmed pays particular attention to educational aspects fostering teaching activities and strengthening medical informatics across all sites and at additional partner universities.
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)