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Institute of Medical Informatics
Owing to the digitizing of image data, medical information specialists have become indispensable in the development of new diagnostic techniques. The use and availability of digital patient information in medical-care technologies require the development of new technological solutions. This is particularly true of electronic patient records and privacy concepts, in particular with regard to telemedical issues. Since every physician will be expected to be able to use data-processing systems in his or her work, it is necessary to teach medical students the fundamentals of medical information technology. To help achieve this goal, the institute offers instruction and practical courses using state-of-the-art computers.
The institute provides instruction for physicians engaged in research, for nursing staff and other employees. Through its affiliation with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Freie Universität Berlin, the institute is able to offer a minor in medicine for computer science majors. The institute also participates in the bioinformatics program, and it combines application-oriented learning management systems (eLearning) with new models of spontaneous (ad-hoc) collaboration via mobile networks in its research.