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Center for Accident and Emergency Informatics


To date, data that can be life-saving in an accident has been saved separately in different places. A project initially planned for three years and funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Research and the Volkswagen Foundation with a budget of 1.2 million euros intends to change this. Within the framework of this project, TU Braunschweig, MHH (Hannover Medical School) and PTB will unite to form the Center for Accident and Emergency Informatics.

Graphic: Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics (PLRI)

The goal of the project is to develop a “digital key” that will be generated at the precise moment an accident takes place. This key, which is referred to as an international standard accident number (ISAN), will allow rescue workers to access a virtual emergency register in which all emergency-related data on a given patient has been collected in advance. PTB’s job is to ensure that the new key is secure and does not conflict with data protection law. To this end, it will contribute its experience in cryptographic processes, which has already found its way into the secure transmission of calibration data and other measurement data. This project is part of an overall program – “Big Data in the Life Sciences of the Future” – created by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture and by the Volkswagen Foundation.