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The increasing availability of digital health data—in hospitals, medical practices, research laboratories, genome databases or mobile health applications—holds great potential for medicine: modern statistical methods, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics promise better diagnostics, personalized therapies and early disease prevention. However, to use these technologies to their full capacity, digital health data have to be processed across different systems and institutions. This requires the use of consistent standards and medical terminologies.

In the core unit "eHealth and Interoperability" headed by Prof. Dr. Sylvia Thun, we develop strategies and concepts for the fast, secure and reliable usage of medical data across different systems. In cooperation with hospitals, research institutions, industry and politics, we develop interoperability solutions using international IT standards and terminologies.

  • HL7 V2 und FHIR 
  • ISO 13606 (openEHR)
  • GS1
  • SNOMED 
  • LOINC
  • ICD-11
  • IDMP 
  • OMOP/OHDSI
  • CDISC
  • DICOM
  • HPO und andere OMICS-Terminologien

We do research and develop structures for semantic interoperability in the supply and research space and are significantly involved in the specification of the research data infrastructure. Our goal is a unified digital ecosystem that enables innovative medicine with more accurate predictive tools, personalized therapies, more patient participation and higher patient safety. Our vision is an interconnected digital health infrastructure that enables new technologies to predict disease more accurately, develop better, personalized treatments, promote active patient participation and ensure high data security.

Our scientific work is based on the standards of THE JOINT INTITIATIVE COUNCIL, HL7, GA4GH, ISO TC215

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Team

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Location

Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

Contact Persons

  • Prof. Dr Sylvia Thun

    Director of eHealth and interoperability

    Contact information
    Phone:+49 30 450 5430 71
  • Dr Josef Schepers

    Medical Data Scientist / Coordinator Medical Informatics

    Contact information
    E-mail:josef.schepers@bihealth.de