In November 2015 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) has announced the “Medical Informatics Funding Scheme” (Medizininformatik-Initiative, MI-I) to foster IT innovations for healthcare research and medical care. The goal is to take advantage of digitalization in medicine, to link data and generate medical knowledge, and to develop and apply innovative IT solutions for a better, data-based healthcare delivery system. The MIRACUM consortium receives a funding of € 32.1 Mio for its concept of establishing data integration centers (DIC) by implementing use cases to apply data from the respective DIC in research and care and for its concept of strengthening medical informatics in Germany. Four out of the seven consortia, which have started into the MI-I conceptual phase in 2016, have been selected for the MI-I development and networking phase by an international jury of experts in the fields of medicine and medical informatics. The funding period of four years started in January 2018. The consortium is lead by Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Chair of Medical Informatics.
MIRACUM – this is eight universities with eight university hospitals, two universities of applied sciences and one industrial partner spread over five German states. The spotlight is on the data integration centers that will be embedded in the hospital IT-infrastructure and will facilitate the collection and exchange of data within the consortia university hospitals. Three use cases shall prove the effectivity of the innovative infrastructure with direct and prompt improvement of patient care. Data protection and data security are given top priority in this venture. Further MIRACUM will elaborate a program for strengthening medical informatics by extending the academic offer, including new professorships in the field of medical informatics, a novel, innovative master program and personnel training.
The MIRACUM partners have agreed to share data, based on interoperable data integration centers, develop common and interoperable tools and services, realize the power of such data and tools in innovative IT solutions, which shall enhance patient-centered collaborative research as well as clinical care processes, and finally to strengthen biomedical informatics in research, teaching and continued education.
First results have already illustrated the opportunities which arise from the federated analysis of data within the eight MIRACUM DIC. A cohort of stroke patients has been identified and the adherence of clinicians to the recently modified stroke guidelines has been analyzed. In a second small project and together with the HD4CR consortium, real-world clinical pathways have been analyzed for more than 18.000 colorectal cancer patients of eleven maximum care hospitals.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Prokosch
Lehrstuhl für Medizinische Informatik
Telefon: 09131 / 85 26720