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Smart Medical Information Technology for Healthcare (SMITH)

Funding the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
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The aim within the scope of SMITH is the development of an innovative structure for cross-institutional connectivity and exchange of healthcare and research data between sites and beyond the consortium.

To strengthen a sustainable culture of interdisciplinary cooperation, of quality-assured, structured medical documentation, as well as of Germany-wide availability of specialist knowledge and research findings, clinical, epidemiological, and systems-medical researchers, scientists of medical informatics, as well as Chief Information Officers and IT staff members from all three university hospitals work closely together.

During the project, the IT infrastructure at all three sites will be advanced and harmonized, to enable data exchange between information systems for healthcare and for research. To meet this objective data integration centers will be established to support structured medical and study documentations in clinical and research IT, store data and documents in internationally standardized formats (HL7 CDA, HL7 FHIR, etc.) for curation and analysis, and to exchange these by means of internationally standardized communication and security procedures (IHE).

Three use cases (antibiotic stewardship, algorithmic surveillance of intensive care patients, and a phenotyping platform) will serve as demonstrators for the data exchange, the functional capability and effectiveness of the data integration centers.

To strengthen Medical Informatics in training and continuing education, all three sites will establish new professorships and have developed an extensive, structured program of study courses.

Based on our cooperation regarding documentation, data storage, data exchange and the technical implementation of the data integration centers, as well as on the basis of our joint education efforts, SMITH will sustainably strengthen clinical research and patient care in Germany.



Universität Leipzig
Universitätsklinikum Leipzig AöR
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Universitätsklinikum Jena
Uniklinik RWTH Aachen AöR
RWTH Aachen
SAP SE Walldorf
Fraunhofer-Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik ISST Dortmund
Bayer AG Leverkusen
März Internetwork Services AG Essen
Averbis GmbH Freiburg
ID GmbH & Co. KGaA Berlin
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Universitätsklinikum Halle (Saale)
Universitätsklinikum Bonn
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Universitätsmedizin Essen
Tiani Spirit Deutschland GmbH Berlin
Universitätsmedizin Rostock
Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf

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Sascha Welten, Yongli Mou, Oya Beyan, Toralf Kirsten, Yeliz Ucer Yediel, Mehrshad Jaberansary

Distributed Skin Lesion Analysis across Decentralised Data Sources

Proceedings of the 31st Medical Informatics Europe Conference

Sascha Welten, Stefan Decker, Oya Beyan, Laurenz Neumann, Yeliz Ucer Yediel, Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos

DAMS: A Distributed Analytics Metadata Schema

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Lars Gleim, Md. Rezaul Karim, Lukas Zimmermann, Oliver Kohlbacher, Holger Stenzhorn, Stefan Decker, Oya Beyan

Enabling Ad-hoc Reuse of Private Data Repositories through Schema Extraction

Journal of Biomedical Semantics volume 11, Article number: 6 (2020)

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