Information Systems and Management
The aim of our research is to develop sustainable and stable information system architectures and information management principles in order to contribute to the quality and efficiency of health care and to establish new health care services.
Focus of Research
Our research concentrates on transinstitutional (inter-organizational) information systems for cooperative health care.
The of research comprises the following:
- establishment of inter-organizational communication and documentation;
- integration of health-enabling technologies into transinstitutional sensor-enhanced health information systems;
- integration of heterogeneous clinical data for secondary use in research;
- interoperable architectures for clinical decision support and data analysis;
- research and further development of techniques of legally compliant archiving and communication;
- analysis, application and further development of information management principles for planning, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of cooperative structures and processes in health care;
- conceptual design and implementation of applications for patient-centered shared care as well as for management of health care networks;
- analysis and further development of methods for the management of information systems, in particular strategic information management (e.g. IT strategic planning, IT strategy boards, ehealth strategies).
Our core competencies in the described research field comprise the following:
- characterization, analysis, composition and implementation of transinstitutional information system architectures in the inter-organizational health care environment;
- networking and interconnection among the health care actors and establishment of and establishment of communication ways across sectors;
- development of requirement profiles for sensor-enhanced transinstitutional information system architectures;
- semantic annotation of clinical data;
- characterization, analysis, composition and implementation of techniques for legally compliant archiving and communication of medical documents as well as their integration in clinical processes;
- characterization, analysis, composition of inter-organizational cooperation forms such as health care networks and their information infrastructures with use of adequate information management principles.
Other concurrent competencies, which are of importance in this area of research, are:
- design, implementation and evaluation of application systems in health care settings;
- integration of such application systems in health care processes;
- standards (e.g. openEHR, IHE) in the context of inter-organizational documentation and communication in health care;
- evaluation of health information systems;
- knowledge of the health system, in particular of health care processes;
- wide experience in interdisciplinary cooperation.
PLRI contributes to committees and working groups of the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Steering Committee of the German Medical Informatics Initiative (BMBF), the Lower Saxony eHealth initiative, of Braunschweig Medical Center and the Competence Center for the electronic signature in healthcare (CCESigG).