On Friday, 22nd February 2019, Professor Dr. med. Thomas Ganslandt (Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg) gave his inaugural lecture with the title “From Medical Data Science to Digital Health: How Data brings Care, Research and Patients together”. In March 2018, Professor Ganslandt was appointed to the newly established university professorship for Medical Informatics and, as managing director of the Heinrich-Lanz-Centre, he coordinates its reorientation towards digital health. In his lecture, he showed the potential that results from the current developments in medical data science and how the Heinrich-Lanz-Centre will develop this potential for research and patient care, especially for the patients of Mannheim University Hospital.
From February 11th to February 12th, 2019, a Steering Board meeting took place at the University Hospital Mannheim. Around 30 representatives from ten locations in Germany came together for two days of intensive exchange. A wide range of topics such as data quality, use cases or the strengthening of medical informatics, the current status and current activities were presented. Open points were discussed constructively in order to be able to continue on the path of successful and good cooperation. Sitting together for dinner not only strengthened the body, but also the team spirit.
The Institute for Medical Biometry, Epidemiology, and Informatics is looking for a Computer Scientist. You will be actively involved in projects for Data Integration for medical research and patient care. More information can be found here. Application deadline is March 24th 2019.
We congratulate Dr.-Ing. Dagmar Waltemath, who was appointed as Professor of Medical Informatics by the University of Greifswald on 01.12.2018. Dagmar Waltemath studied computer science at the Universities of Rostock and Linköping (Sweden) with a focus on databases and information systems. She was a Marie-Curie fellow at the European Bioinformatics Institute (Cambridge, England) and received her PhD from the University of Rostock on the standardisation of biochemical simulation studies. After a PostDoc at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway) she headed a research group at the Chair of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics at the University of Rostock from 2011-2017. Her group developed concepts and computer tools for the efficient storage of computer-aided simulation studies in systems biology. Her work is part of numerous simulation tools, and the data standards she has developed are used worldwide for data exchange.
The Chair of Medical Informatics is affiliated to the MIRACUM project. Here, Ms. Waltemath will deal with concepts of digitalisation, storage and long-term availability of clinical research data in the KAS+.
Photo: Till Junker/University of Greifswald
The Institute for Medical Biometry, Epidemiology, and Informatics is looking for a Data Manager operating in the MIRACUM context. You will join our team focusing on establishing the Mainzer Data Integration Centre, making acquisitions and quality evaluations of clinical data from diverse sources. More information can be found here.
Application deadline is January 27th 2019.
On December 17th 2018, the workshop “LOINC: Digitalisation in the Laboratory medicine requires uniform coding” took place in Berlin. More than 100 experts from science, medical care and industry discussed the potential of LOINC-coded laboratory data for digitalisation in the health care system together with representatives of politics and actors of the German health care system in Berlin. The full-day workshop was organized under the German medical informatics initiative by DGKL (German Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine), DIMDI (German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information) and TMF (Technology, Methods and Infrastructure for Networked Medical Research). At the beginning MIRACUM member and speaker of the working group “Interoperability” Prof. Dr. Thomas Ganslandt presented the German medical informatics initiative. In addition to the advantages of coding, the workshop also pointed out its current limitations. For example, LOINC coding alone is not sufficient for the interpretation of laboratory results. Additional information on laboratory analysis such as the measuring system, the unit, the time stamp or patient-related data must be used. The workshop participants agreed that politicians were called upon to support digitalisation in laboratory data exchange in the short term through legal deadlines and incentives for service providers, including the establishment of suitable authorized coordination structures and moderation processes.
The Medical Faculty of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg aims at promoting its digital infrastructure in the fields of Medical Informatics and announces the new professorship W2 Professor for Biostatistics (tenure-track). Please refer to the linked document for more details.
On March 28th-29th, we invite again to our annual MIRACUM Symposium which will take place in Mainz. Following our successful scheme from 2018, we will have top-class Keynote Speakers. Among others we are looking forward to Christian Lovis (University of Geneva, Switzerland) who will present on the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) and Reinhold Sojer (Swiss Medical Association) focussing on the Swiss Electronic Patient Record. At our first symposium in Erlangen in 2018 we introduced the scope and spectrum ouf our consortium. Now in 2019 we would like to give an insight of the first results of the development and networking phase of MIRACUM. Registration will be possible starting in January 2019 with more detailed information on the programme.
The DIFUTURE consortium invited to the Munich Digital Health Summit on 29th – 30th November 2018 – and representatives from politics, science, medicine and medical informatics followed this invitation.
The event gathered top speakers from the Munich research hot spots as well as international experts in the field of medical informatics. One of them was Prof. Prokosch who was invited to present first results from the MIRACUM project, also emphasising cross-consortial activities of the BMBF medical informatics initiative. His complete talk can be found here.
Photo: M. Stobrawe, Klinikum rechts der Isar
Privacy Preserving Data Analysis is becoming ever more important as society would like to benefit from the data available, while also not infringing in people’s privacy. DataSHIELD comprises a set of tools, which allows researchers to analyse data, without giving the researcher access to individual level data. In this manner it would allow a researcher to explore aggregate statistics of data, such as the mean age of a population, but not disclose any information about the ages of the individual patients.
As part of the MIRACUM effort to create a privacy preserving hospital analysis network, MIRACUM researchers took part in the DataSHIELD Workshop 2018 and presented their contribution to the DataSHIELD community. Julian Gruendner (Erlangen) presented “A queue-Poll Extension for standardised, monitored, indirect and secure DataSHIELD access to your data” and Stefan Lenz (Freiburg) presented “Deep Learning with Boltzmann Machines” adjusted to work with DataSHIELD to ensure privacy preserving data analysis. Daniela Zöller (Freiburg) presented a “Distributed regression modelling for selecting markers in DataSHIELD”, which allows for privacy preserving selection of the most important variables in a given dataset. The workshop was a large success and the participants gained a good insight into the issues of privacy preserving analysis, the newest statistical methods in this area, as well as the infrastructure necessary for a data analysis network. The relationships fostered during this workshop will benefit the MIRACUM project in the future and first collaborations have already been established between the MIRACUM consortium and other member of the DataSHIELD community, which will help to streamline future development of the necessary DataSHIELD infrastructure.