The Use Case "Collaboration on Rare Diseases" (CORD-MI) is a project involving the four consortia of the Medical Informatics Initiative and involving numerous German university hospitals and partner institutions. The aim is to improve care and research in the field of rare diseases. It builds on the innovation fund projects TRANSLATE-NAMSE and ZSE-DUO as well as the national DIMDI project "Coding of Rare Diseases" and uses the concepts and solutions developed in the Medical Informatics Initiative.

Collaboration on Rare Diseases

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It is estimated that approximately four million German citizens are affected by approximately 8,000 known rare diseases. Due to the rarity of each individual disease and the lack of consideration in hospital documentation, no concrete statements on the frequency, distribution and course of the disease are possible to date, which has a negative impact on research, diagnosis and therapy. Based on the National Action Plan for People with Rare Diseases from 2013, various measures have been implemented in Germany to support the coding of rare diseases (DIMDI-SE) and to create better care structures for patients in university hospitals (TRANSLATE-NAMSE, ZSE-Duo). There is also a NAMSE strategy paper on digitisation needs for rare diseases. Despite these and other important care and research projects at national, European and international level, it has not yet been possible to establish sustainable structures for a digital data exchange network for rare diseases.


CORD-MI wants to contribute to changing this situation and uses the organisational and technical solutions of the Medical Informatics Initiative to

  1. improve the visibility of rare diseases,
  2. to provide insights into the reality of supply,
  3. to improve the quality of patient care; and
  4. to stimulate research in the field of rare diseases.

To this end, specific concepts and solutions will be developed by 2022 to ensure that

- the documentation of rare diseases in university hospitals is improved,

- the data obtained can be shared, and

- data protection is ensured in the nationwide data collection and data evaluation.


University hospitals and research institutions involved

  • Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Universitätsklinikum Regensburg
  • Universitätsklinikum Tübingen
  • Universitätsklinikum Ulm
  • Berlin Institute of Health
  • Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
  • Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
  • Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum Heidelberg
  • Universitätsklinikum Köln
  • Universitätsklinikum Münster
  • Universitätsklinikum Würzburg
  • Technische Universität Dresden
  • Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt am Main
  • Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
  • Universitätsklinikum Gießen
  • Universitätsklinikum Magdeburg
  • Universitätsklinikum Mannheim
  • Universitätsklinikum Marburg
  • Universitätsklinikum Aachen
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
  • Universitätsklinikum Bonn

Partner institutions

Allianz Chronischer Seltener Erkrankungen e.V.

Deutsches Institut für Medizinische Dokumentation und Information

Geschäftsstelle des Nationalen Aktionsbündnisses für Seltene Erkrankungen

Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft

MONARCH Initiative

MII-Koordinationsstelle der Technologie- und Methodenplattform für die vernetzte medizinische Forschung e.V.



Dr. Josef Schepers

Executive Coordination CORD-MI

Dr. Franziska Krause

Project Management CORD-MI

Berlin Institute of Health

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Berlin Institute of Health

Core Facility Digitale Medizin und Interoperabilität

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