The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) released the Medical Informatics Funding Scheme on November 16th, 2015. The objectives of the modular, phase-based funding scheme are improving patient care and research 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 prepare for the establishment of data integration centers (DIC) at German university hospitals. The goal of the data integration centers is to aggregate health care data and allow access to research and healthcare data across different institutions.
In the four-year development and networking phase (starting on January 1st, 2018) the funded consortia will establish data integration centers and demonstrate the cross-site data exchange using 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 an accompanying project, the National Steering Committee of the Medical Informatics Initiative has been established. The committee with the participation of its representatives coordinates the IT concepts of the consortia, and will address ethical, legal and security-related challenges associated with 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: https://www.bmbf.de/de/medizininformatik-3342.html
Accompanying project by TMF e.V., Medizinischer Fakultätentag (MFT) e.V. and the Verband der Universitätsklinika Deutschlands (VUD) e.V.: http://www.tmf-ev.de/News/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/3020.aspx