• On January 1st of this year, the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) moved into the consolidation and extension phase. The goals are clearly defined – the IT infrastructures established since 2018 are to be further expanded. This includes even stronger collaboration between the university hospitals as......

  • Work on the INTERPOLAR project got underway with a kick-off meeting on February 10. In a first online meeting, all sites involved in INTERPOLAR came together to create a common basis for the start of the project. The project leader Prof. Dr. Markus Löffler, Director......

  • In January 2023, the POLAR follow-up project INTERPOLAR has started. On this occasion, Prof. Dr Petra Thürmann and Dr Beate Mussawy give an insight into the use case. They are experts in the field of pharmacology and pharmacy and have been pharmacologically supervising POLAR since the beginning of the project. In the interview, Prof. Thürmann and Dr. Mussawy explain how drug safety can be improved in the INTERPOLAR project by means of data analyses....

  • Dr Irina Lutz heads one of the seven Data Integration Centers set up in SMITH so far. The graduate engineer combines technical expertise with computer science and basic clinical knowledge. At the RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Dr Lutz is responsible for the strategic planning of tasks and processes in the Data Integration Center. In the interview, she reveals the challenges and where she sees the future of the Data Integration Centers....

  • The Data Integration Centers established in the SMITH Consortium are the new junctions of patient care and biomedical research. Data Integration Centers create the technical and organizational conditions to centrally merge medical data, harmonize formats and make them available for further use in cross-site research and analysis projects. Data protection and data security have the highest priority. At the end of this year and the development and networking phase, the question therefore arises: How have the Data Integration Centers developed over the past five years, what challenges have been overcome, and what will be the future of the Data Integration Centers in the next funding phase?...

Event Dates

March 21st, 2023

4th DVMD Spring Symposium |
Medical Register

Organizer: DVMD e. V.
Venue: Novotel München City

March 27th, 2023

Telemedicine Congress NRW

Organizer: ZTG Zentrum für
Telematik und Telemedizin
Venue: Web Meeting

April 18th – 19th, 2023

14th TMF Annual Congress

Organizer: TMF e. V.
Venue: University Hospital Cologne

Further Information

SMITH Fact Sheet
SMITH Image Flyer
The Patient Consent Form of the MII