Our Mission

The eHealth Research and Innovation Unit (ERIU) is an academic institution at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT). It was organized in 2007 for the purposes of scientific analyses and research in new innovative methods and technologies in the eHealth area with the ultimate aim of improving the health and well-being of people and development of integrated system of care that incorporate medicine, medical and health education, health management and public health.

What is eHealth?

"e-health is an emerging field in the intersection of medical informatics, public health and business, referring to health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies. In a broader sense, the term characterizes not only a technical development, but also a state-of-mind, a way of thinking, an attitude, and a commitment for networked, global thinking, to improve health care locally, regionally, and worldwide by using information and communication technology."

- Eysenbach, 2001

Areas of Research

1. eHealth and telemedicine as basis for integrated shared care

Development and systematic assessment of methods for the analysis of medical impact as well as (evidence-based) examination of legal and economic issues of eHealth and telemedical applications in interconnected clinical networks. (e.g. Teleradiooncology Teleradiology, Teledermathology, Telepathology, Teleophtalmology, Home care, Teleeducation)

Related projects: OntoHealth, epSOS, Haemophilia Patient Diary, ThromboCoach

2. Applied Robotics in Health- and Socialcare

We aim at the development of innovative software and concepts for the use with quasi "off-the-shelf" robot systems in health- and socialcare. The development of hardware is therefore not in the primary focus of our research but the combination of existing devices and their integration to beneficial systems.

Related projects: HomeCareRobot

3. Blockchain in Healthcare

Investigation of Blockchain technologies for healthcare applications and services. Involving the conceptualization and development of decentralized organization of medical data, immutable data provenance, traceable data exchange and implementation of DApps.

4. Nursing Informatics

Although the concept of eHealth/medical informatics includes problems related to nursing informatics be definition we have set a special focus on nursing informatics in order to increase its visibility. Our research is specially focussed on big data issues and analysis of free text in the domain.

Releated projects: NurseDoc

5. Trans-institutional information system architectures and Clinical Registers

Development and systematic assessment of trans-institutional Health Information System (HIS) architectures, innovative IT-tools for the provision of an organizational and legal framework, which is compliant with current national and international data protection acts and which allows for a patient-centered cooperative care by the interconnection of health care institutions.

Releated projects: Haemophilia Study Register, Semper, OntoHealth, epSOS, PHI TechnologyEvidence based Case Report Forms

6. Quality Management and Standardization in healthcare IT

Analysis and development of methods for the realization of trans-institutional Health Information Systems which are secure, technically and semantically interoperable considering national and international standardization initiatives (Ö-Norm, IHE, HL7, CDA, CEN) as well as collaboration in the respective institutions. Joint development and analysis of methods to foster and certify the quality of Electronic Health Record Services under consideration of the various requirements arising from standards, guidelines, best practice and other normative documents together with quality initiatives such as EuroRec, CCHIT, ISO or IHE.

Related projects: BEST, IHE Lab, ProRec, EHR-Q Thematic Network, Portal Quality Criteria, DynForms