ByChristina Schüttler

University Medicine Greifswald starts digital registration of patient consent with the Broad Consent of the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII)

From now on, patients at University Medicine Greifswald will be asked during their admission interview whether their pseudonymized health data may be used for medical research. The consent, which is presented to the patients, is the nationwide standard text for consent (so-called “Broad Consent”) of the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII). The University Medicine Greifswald is partner in the MIRACUM consortium of the MII and one of the first locations of the MII using the Broad Consent in a pilot phase.

In the central in-patient admission of the University Medicine Greifswald, a TV team from the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) accompanied two patients during the comprehensive process with regards to information about the consent and MII research, consultation and digital consent registration. By giving their consent, both patients now actively support research with their “data donation”.

It was particularly important to those responsible to implement paperless processes from the very beginning. Thus, the consent of the patients is digitally documented using a standard tablet. For this purpose, a system integration of SAP with the software tools of the Independent Trusted Third Party at the University Medicine Greifswald has been implemented. All complex technical processes are hidden from the patients: they only recognize the text of the consent on the tablet, which they intuitively scroll through, “tick” and sign.

Preliminary technical work in the course of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) has enabled a quick transfer of the solution into the clinical documentation system KAS+. In the future, this solution is also to be used in a slightly different setting with a different system integration in the DFG-funded project RADARplus in general practitioners’ practices in Lower Saxony.

To the NDR release in the ARD-Mediathek