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The DIM.RUHR network meets for the kick-off of the practical phase.

Friday, 05.04.2024

Effective use of medical data: DIM.RUHR starts practical phase

Whether in cancer or dementia research - in many areas of medicine, digital health data holds great potential for improving patient care. This is also the view of the legislator. The German parliament passed the Health Data Utilisation Act (GDNG) in December. It aims to link healthcare and research more closely at the data level.

This is a decisive step for the project "DIM.RUHR: Data Competence Centre for the Interprofessional Use of Health Data in the Ruhr Metropolis", in which the ZB MED is involved. The project aims to promote the competent handling of medical data. If the potential for research and health care is to be used effectively, both scientists and health care providers need to be given practical training.

In the first year of the project, the foundations were laid with a theoretical concept. DIM.RUHR has now entered the practical phase. The consortium and the associated partners are now developing concrete measures to strengthen the competent handling of health data in outpatient care.

ZB MED is involved in some of the central tasks of DIM.RUHR. These include, for example, the development of teaching and learning materials for the further education and training of various target groups - e.g. medical students, nursing scientists and medical assistants. These materials are made available as open educational resources. ZB MED also establishes a link to the National Research Data Infrastructure, in particular to the NFDI4Health consortium. This enables Germany-wide exchange.


Network and funding

The DIM.RUHR project involves the University of Witten/Herdecke as the coordination centre, the Ruhr University Bochum,, the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering and ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences. DIM.RUHR is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and financed by the European Union - NextGenerationEU under the funding code: 16DKZ2008A - DIM-RUHR.


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