The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has published the Medical Informatics Funding Scheme on November 16th, 2015. The objective of the modular, phase-based funding scheme are improvements of patient care and of research opportunities through innovative, networked IT systems for healthcare, biomedical and clinical research.
During the nine months of the concept phase (from September 1st, 2016 to April 30th, 2017) seven funded consortia will develop substantiated concepts concerning the establishment of data integration centers (DIC) at German university hospitals. In the future, DICs will aggregate and provide cross institutional access to research and healthcare data.
In the four-year development and networking phase (planned to start at January 1st, 2018) funded consortia will establish data integration centers and demonstrate the cross-site data exchange by means of certain clinical use cases.
During the following consolidation and further development phase, the functions of the DICs will be extended to other applications as well as to other health-care providers (e.g., hospitals).
Parallel to the concept phase, as accompanying project, the National Steering Committee of the Medical Informatics Initiative is established, which will coordinate the IT concepts of the consortia with a participation of their representatives, and will address ethical, legal and security-related challenges related to the use of healthcare data.
Medical Informatics Funding Scheme: https://www.bmbf.de/pub/Medical_Informatics_Funding_Scheme.pdf
Funded consortia of the concept phase:
Accompanying project by TMF e.V., Medizinischer Fakultätentag (MFT) e.V. and the Verband der Universitätsklinika Deutschlands (VUD) e.V.: