Smart Medical Technology for Healthcare

In the SMITH Consortium, more than 300 employees from the fields of medicine, clinical practice and IT are working to link research and healthcare. Medical data routinely generated in everyday clinical practice is processed and made available to medical research in a standardized form. Patients benefit from reliable research results, more precise diagnoses and better treatments. In order to link data from care and research, the participating university hospitals in Aachen, Bonn, Essen, Halle, Hamburg, Jena and Leipzig have established sustainable Data Integration Centers. The network partners Ruhr University Bochum, the Düsseldorf University Hospital and the University Medical Center Rostock are preparing the structure. This is being done in close cooperation with the universities of Aachen, Jena and Leipzig, two non-university research institutions and four industrial partners. SMITH is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since January 2018 as part of the Medical Informatics Initiative.

Linking information systems

Standardized data preparation and analysis

Use of healthcare and research data

Personalized patient care in all domains


SMITH Added Value

For the researcher

Cross-site access to research-relevant data via the SMITH Service Platform

For the medical scientist

Decision support for individualized patient care

For the patient

Improvement and personalization of diagnostics and therapy

For the life sciences industry

Innovation through effective research collaboration


Partners from science and industry


German university hospitals


Project staff and more


Million EUR total funding (2018 - 2022)


Event Dates

September 15th-16th, 2022

„Gesundheitsdatenschutz vs. mit Gesundheitsdatennutz?” Episode II
Online Conference


October 5th-6th, 2022

Vernetzen. Forschen. Heilen.
Bilanz und Perspektive
dbb forum berlin

Organizer: Medical Informatics Initiative

November 23th-24th, 2022

SMITH Closed Meeting


University Hospital RWTH Aachen,
SMITH Office