The third MIRACUM Summer School with the topic “Visible benefits of the MIRACUM project for patient care, scientific research, academic teaching and patients” took place at the Edersee from October 11-15, 2021.
Seven experts from the MIRACUM consortium gave the 20 participants an understanding of medical device regulation, usability, FHIR, and IT support in the COVID-19 pandemic (CODEX) with lectures, practical exercises ,and in group work. Furthermore, the goals, concepts and previous realizations of the MIRACUM project were presented and the added value of the project after four project years was jointly worked out.
In addition to the professional training, two social events also took place. A hike through the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park and along the Edersee as well as a visit to Waldeck Castle and the Edersee dam offered sufficient time to get to know each other and for team building.
The participants gained a lot of knowledge in the field of biomedical informatics and medical data science. In addition to getting to know each other, the participants grew together closely, which will certainly have a lasting effect on the cooperation in the MIRACUM team and in the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII). At the same time, the MIRACUM Summer School was a long-awaited face-to-face event after the previous COVID-19 period.
The publication of “Prototypical Clinical Trial Registry Based on Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR): Design and Implementation Study” in January 2021 now even received international attention. In July, author Christian Gulden, MIRACUM-UC1 coordinator, received an invitation from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to present the results of the study to the staff. The focus will be on the practical application of FHIR as an interoperability standard in the context of clinical trials.
We are pleased about the recognition of the international community, which the MIRACUM-UC1 team received, and we are happy to comply with this request. The exchange with the experts from the United States will now take place on 14.09.21 via Zoom.
Christian Gulden, MSc. is a research associate at the Department of Medical Informatics, Biometrics andEpidemiology of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since 2018, he has been conducting research on IT-supported patient recruitment and trial registries and, as a MIRACUM coordinator, is leading Use Case 1, which ultimately aims to optimize the conduct of clinical trials and contribute to providing novel and promising therapy options to patients.
A wonderful symbiosis of learning and experiencing awaits the participants of the third MIRACUM Summer School, which will take place from 11 to 15 October 2021 on the Edersee. Under the theme „Visible benefits of the MIRACUM project for patient care, scientific research, academic teaching and patients“ topics such as Medical Devices Act, Usability, FHIR and CODEX-project will prepare doctoral students and young professionals for their future tasks in patient care and research.
In addition to the professional training and continuing education, two social events are also planned, for intensive getting to know each other and team building, which will have a lasting effect on the future cooperation.
We invite all junior staff of all consortia of the MII to attend the Summer School 2021.
Further information and the registration form can be found on our website!
After last year’s online event, this year it was time for the first hybrid event format under the MIRACUM umbrella in Mannheim. With much pride, we can now report on a very successful event and provide the presentations and video recordings.
The subjects of the symposium included further developments in the use cases and data integration centers (DIC), ethical aspects of using clinical data for research, IT support for COVID -19 research, merging patient data from the DIC with data on biospecimens and making them usable, and innovative approaches in online teaching. In addition, the four Digital Progress Hubs of the MIRACUM – Consortium (MIDIA-Hub, MiHUBx, LeMeDaRT, and DECIDE) were presented as well as the successfully acquired junior research groups (CDS2USE, EgoEstMed, AI-RON, Junior research group in the area of interactive generation and simulation of prognostic, personalized digital patient models). Other presentations dealt with the importance of the Hospital Future Act for the MII and the ontology-based terminology standard SNOMED CT. Furthermore, the cross-consortium projects within the framework of the MII were presented: On the one hand, ABIDE_MI in close cooperation with the German Biobank Node, which has set itself the goal of making biospecimens and patient data usable for research. On the other hand, the CODEX project of the Network of University Medicine (NUM), with the goal of establishing a nationwide, uniform, data protection-compliant infrastructure for the storage of Covid-19 research datasets.
There was great joy among the participants to finally be able to meet colleagues in person again after a long period of online meetings, albeit with the necessary distance and face masks. For there were plenty of topics to listen to and to discuss.
We want to thank the international speakers for their excellent presentations and our colleagues in Mannheim for the great organization. We are already looking forward to the next symposium (date will be released as soon as possible) in Gießen.
In addition, we are pleased to announce the publication of the MIRACUM Journal in the context of the annual symposium. The current version is now available on our homepage.
The Independent Trusted Third Party (TTP) of the University Medicine Greifswald has released significant updates of the TTP tools E-PIX, gPAS, and gICS, all of which being part of the MIRACOLIX toolbox. Besides numerous improvements and new features, existing authentication and authorization mechanisms of E-PIX®, gPAS® and gICS® have now been enabled to interact with the open source SSO solution KeyCloak.
In the new version 2.13.0, the consent management gICS® has an intuitively usable dashboard. In addition, gICS is delivered for the first time with the TTP-FHIR gateway, which supports querying of consent information in the HL7-FHIR standard. Further details and the link to the download can be found in the news section of ths-greifswald.de.
E-PIX supports PPRL processes (Privacy-Preserving-Record-Linkage) using Bloom filters and allows a cross-site record linkage of patients without having to exchange demographic information such as given name, family name, date of birth, etc. The bloom filters can be modified accordingly and the double hashing and random hashing methods have been implemented. Further details and the link to the download can be found in the news section of ths-greifswald.de.
The performance of gPAS has been increased by additional caching algorithms. This enables even faster response times for very large data sets. In addition, basic functionalities for generating and querying pseudonyms are now available via FHIR® API. Further details and the link to the download can be found in the news section of ths-greifswald.de.