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Medical Informatics Initiative

Strengthening research and advancing healthcare

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched its medical informatics funding scheme to make data from healthcare and research more useful and meaningful. It provides around 500 million euros with the aim of strengthening medical research and improving patient care. All of Germany’s university hospitals have joined forces with research institutions, businesses, health insurers, and patient advocacy groups to create a framework that harnesses research findings to the direct benefit of patients.

German Portal for Medical Research Data

At the German Portal for Medical Research Data (FDPG), researchers can centrally request access to health data and biospecimen from German university medicine for scientific research. The portal was developed within the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) and is now also available to MII-external researchers.


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With the newsletter "MII Insights" the Medical Informatics Initiative provides regular information about project progress and results of the joint collaboration. The newsletter is only available in German language.

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New funding phase starts in 2023

At the beginning of 2023, the Medical Informatics Initiative for data-based health research enters the consolidation and extension phase, which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding with around 200 million euros until 2026.

Phases of MII

New Use Cases launched

Data Integration Centres (DIC) have been established at university medical sites throughout Germany. In these centres, health care data are to be made available for medical research in a data protection-compliant manner. The functionality of the DIC is now being tested and further developed in eight new clinical use cases and three new method platforms of the Medical Informatics Initiative.