24/7 Registries

General Aim

The 24/7 registries lab is a datacenter operating medical registries 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for field tests and routine applications in biomedical research. Gathering experience from routine operation is fundamental to define requirements, models and design of health information systems.

Currently, systems for quality management in clinical trials are developed and operated by PLRI for universities in Hanover, Leipzig and Mainz. Furthermore, registries for rare diseases as well as long-term monitoring of medical devices are designed and performed as research-based applications. It is planned to establish registries for accident & emergency informatics to systematically collect and provide accident and emergency related medical data and sensor data from the environment of the human. Biomedical signal data collected in research apartments and gathered from students in teaching shall also be stored in this context.

The lab is connected to the Gauß-IT-Zentrum of TU Braunschweig, where encrypted backups of the databases and applications are managed through IBM Tivoli. The 24/7 operation of distributed IT systems does not only come with technical challenges. Storing and exchanging sensitive medical data requires dealing with regulatory requirements regarding data privacy and safety.

Special Devices

The lab is located in a room at PLRI Braunschweig with 31 square meters of space. Multiple Dell PowerEdge R730 (xd) rack servers are in operation. The systems are virtualized with approximately 50 virtual machines representing different applications.