Institute of Medical Informatics

The Institute of Medical Informatics develops diagnosis and therapy systems, in particular using the methods of medical imaging and signal processing, multimedia and virtual reality, as well as semantic databases and intelligent data mining. The department’s research focuses on magnetic resonance elastography, computer-assisted planning of radiation therapy for ocular tumors, early diagnosis of ischemic cerebral infarcts, the problems connected with image data protection, intra-operative navigation, prospective registration of MR images as well as linking knowledge media via wireless ad-hoc networks. Another focus in the data-mining field is on the linguistic processing of medical texts and the automatic mapping of a semantic interpretation.

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.