The VUD is calling for federal IT program for the short term -Infrastructure at the university clinics. How high should this be?
Reiners: According to our estimates every university hospital has an uncovered additional financial requirement of five to ten million euros annually for its IT equipment. Short-term grants alone will not solve this problem. Structural support for the IT equipment of the university hospitals, coordinated between the federal and state governments, is crucial. The basic equipment for the IT infrastructure must be increased permanently to at least four percent of the turnover of the university clinic.
In Which projects should the money go into?
Reiners: We are thinking above all of the key technologies with which high research potential can be secured in the long term. For medical informatics, this is primarily the handling of large amounts of data, i.e. big data technology. Modern imaging methods, biobanks and genome analysis generate enormous amounts of data. We have to invest in technologies with which this amount of data can be made medically usable, for example for personalized medicine.
Do you see any chances that the federal government will make additional money available?
Reiners: I am expecting proposals from the federal government for specific funding programs very soon. Research Minister Johanna Wanka has announced the start of medical informatics action program. In the coalition agreement, too, the federal government recognized the importance of the topic for better health services research. Questions: Jens Flintrop