The aim of the medical informatics initiative is to ensure that, in future, each doctor, patient and researcher has access to the information they require – while simultaneously allowing individuals to maintain control over their personal data.

This will lead to more precise diagnostics, and better treatment decisions. It will yield new insights for research and medicine. And it will improve patient care and help combat diseases more effectively. Specifically, the initiative is about harnessing the flood of data generated every single day in healthcare and research environments – to the benefit of individual patients, to better understand illnesses, and to tailor treatments to the needs of the individual.

The goal is to establish a way to exchange research and care data across university hospitals. If it proves successful – with the help of funding from BMBF – it will open up entirely new horizons. The solutions that will be developed are expected to create added value across the health system.

„Digitisation can make personalised medicine a reality. But we have to make the switch now. Digital products and applications, not only in healthcare but also in medical research, are generating more and more data, and at an accelerating pace. These data must be aggregated and analysed – then they can help us to better understand and treat diseases. Our goal is a learning, digital and connected health system, where the right information is available at the right time, to the right person. With the launch of the medical informatics initiative, we’ve taken a major step in the right direction.” Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka | BMBF press release from 12 June 2017