Intersectoral Collaborative Research
Department of Medical Informatics
The existing fragmentation of the health care system according to actors, service ranges and responsibilities stands in the way of a continuous, efficient and needs-based care process. There are often breaks in care at the transition between sectors. Integrated care in a sustainable health system can only work with digital technologies. The expectations of the digital transformation are as varied as the number of people involved:
- From the patient's perspective, the aim is to optimise the workflow of treatment, provide better information and strengthen their rights, especially with regard to the availability and use of their data.
- The medical and nursing profession hope for better diagnostics and therapy and less bureaucracy.
- Health insurance companies expect an increase in the quality and efficiency of care.
- For politics and society, digitisation will ensure a modern health system with answers to the questions of the future.
These requirements apply in particular to the overcoming of sectors. The quality of intersectoral care depends essentially on a functioning data exchange between the actors involved in care. At the same time, digital technologies must be used to improve networking between health care providers, to make it easier for patients to access healthcare services and to enable them to shape their healthcare independently and autonomously.
Areas of activity
The division of "intersectoral collaborative research" develops innovative, cross-sectoral and cross-system IT solutions for health care. The fields of activity are multilayered. The focus is on the conception and research of interoperable digital applications and their evidence-based verification. This is linked to the construction and integration of IT solutions in distributed infrastructures and the development of decision support based on rule-based systems and methods of artificial intelligence (AI). These tasks can only be handled by us in interaction with our colleagues and together with our partners from supply, science and industry.
In the context of decision support, we promote "digital health literacy" in order to create adequate training and further education opportunities for health care players.
The working group is partner in several funded joint projects.
With the following links you can learn more about exemplary projects:
The division is also involved in the "Future Laboratory for Health" project of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK). The aim is to develop new digital health technologies, in particular sensor technology for health care and nursing, and to make them widely available.
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