The project "A patient safety intelligence system and framework for the secondary use of multimodal clinical data to assess and improve patient safety" is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). In the next three years, the project will explore methods for the secondary data analysis of clinical routine data for analysing patient safety issues. The project is conducted in close cooperation with the Department of Neurology of the Medical University Innsbruck.

v.l.n.r.: Prof. Dr. Erich Schmutzhart, Department of Neurology; Prof. Dr. Elske Ammenwerth, UMIT; PD Dr. Raimund Helbok, Department of Neurology; Ass.-Prof. Dr. Werner Hackl, UMIT.

For the third time, the Working Group on Technology Assessment and Quality Development in Health Care of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) received the IMIA Working Group of the Year Award for their activities and achievements in the last year. The IMIA Working Group closely collaborates with the sister Working Group on Assessment of Health Information Systems of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI). Members of both working groups met at HEC 2016 in Munich to receive the award. More details on the working group are available at

From left to right: Elske Ammenwerth (chair EFMI WG), Philipp Scott (IMIA WG), Nicolet de Keizer (EFMI WG), Andrew Georgiou (co-chair IMIA WG), Pirkko Nykänen (co-chair EFMI WG).

Elske Ammenwerth and Philipp Scott receive the award on behalf of the IMIA WG chairs.


At the international HEC 2016 conference in Munich, Elske Ammenwerth and Michael Rigby as editors invited to the official Book Launch Reception for their new book: Evidence-Based Health Informatics - Promoting Safety and Efficiency Through Scientific Methods and Ethical Policy.

Around 50 colleagues, friends and authors joined the celebrations and congratulated the editors and authors.

The book is open access available at:

Elske Ammenwerth and Michael Rigby now published the book: Evidence-Based Health Informatics - Promoting Safety and Efficiency Through Scientific Methods and Ethical Policy.

This book seeks to answer the need for better understanding of the importance of robust evidence to support health IT and to optimize investment in it; to give insight into health IT evidence and evaluation as its primary source; and to promote health informatics as an underpinning science demonstrating the same ethical rigour and proof of net benefit as is expected of other applied health technologies.

The book is open access available at:


The Austrian Research Agency (FWF) has decided to fund the project PATIS - A patient safety intelligence system and framework.

The project will start in the second half of 2016 and will last 3 years. In this project, the Institute of Biomedical Informatics, together with partners at the Tirol Kliniken, will work on developing and evaluate a patient safety intelligence system. More information here.


On May 24th - 25th, 2016, the 10th eHealth conference and the eHealth Summit Austira took place in Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria

The eHealth conference series is organized by the Austrian Working Group of Health Informatics and eHealth since 2007. 

In keeping with its motto, “Health Informatics meets eHealth”, the eHealth conference series provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, decision makers and vendors to discuss innovative health informatics and eHealth solutions so as to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.

The special topic for eHealth 2016 is “Predictive modeling in health care – from prediction to prevention”. Future ICT systems need to include methods of machine learning and predictive analytics in order to provide actionable information to health carers and to support preventive health care concepts.

The proceedings of the eHealth 2016 conference are now available open access at:

The programme of the conference is available at

ENI 2015 - 8th Conference of Information Technology in Nursing and Social Care

On 28th and 29th September 2015, the Institute of Biomedical Informatics organized, together with hps media, the ENI 2015 conference.

Over 280 participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland participated to discuss the future of information technology in nursing and social care.

Presentations and pictures can be found at


From left to right: Prof. Andreas Lauterbach, Dr. Eva Maria Posch, Prof. Elske Ammenwerth (conference chair), Prof. Sabine Schindler, Dr. Bernhard Tilg.

UMIT was co-organizer of the 9th eHealth conference on June 18th and 19th, 2015, in Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna. More than 300 participants attended this conference.


The proceedings of the eHealth 2015 conference are now available open access at IOS Press.

On April 8 - 10,2015, Prof. Ramo Sendelj (project leader) and Dr. Ivana Ognjanovic visited the Institute of Biomedical Informatics.

In a two-year project funded by ÖAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research), both groups will collaborate in developing approaches for the secondary use of data in the area of medication safety.

Stefan Leber who will start his Ph.D. at the Institute of Biomedical Informatics has won the TÜV Austria Wissenschaftspreis 2014.

TÜV Austria will support him during his Ph.D. work where he will investigate the impact of medical IT risk management in health care institutions. Supervisor for his Ph.D. thesis is Prof. Dr. Elske Ammenwerth

Ammenwerth E, Haux R, Knaup-Gregori P, Winter A. IT-Projektmanagement im Gesundheitswesen: Lehrbuch und Projektleitfaden. 2. Auflage. Stuttgart: Schattauer-Verlag. 2014.

The working group "drug information systems" which is lead by Prof. Dr. Elske Ammenewerth (UMIT) and Dr. Manfred Criegee-Rieck (Erlangen), received the award "Team of the year" of the German Society for medical informatics, biometry and epidemiology (gmds).

The price honours "outstanding activities and excellent teamwork". The working group coordinates and conducts activities on the use of IT in medication mangement.