To begin, technological and organisational solutions will be developed at chosen sites; however, additional partners are to be involved from an early stage. Ideally, all university hospitals in Germany will benefit. The various actors will work hand-in-hand across the boundaries of their own institutions; they will coordinate their activities at a national level, and regularly communicate and exchange ideas with central stakeholders.
The core tasks of the medical informatics initiative will be carried out primarily by the university hospitals. Each consortium comprises a minimum of two university hospitals, plus various partners. In addition, the funding scheme allows additional organisations to join the consortia at a later stage.
To avoid siloed solutions and make significant headway at a national level, the consortia communicate and collaborate under the guidance of the national steering committee. Moreover, they are developing shared guidelines and template texts in various working groups. Collaboration between and beyond consortia is supported by a coordination office jointly managed by TMF – Technology, Methods and Infrastructure for Networked Medical Research, MFT (Medizinischer Fakultätentag – German Association of Medical Faculties), and VUD (Verband der Universtitätsklinika Deutschlands – German Association of Academic Medical Centers).