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clinical Routine Data Platform by NUM (the medical network of German university hospitals)

The clinical Routine Data Platform (RDP) is operated by the network of university clinics in Germany (NUM): It is a secure and scalable platform offering interoperability in the provision of patient data sourced from clinical routine treatment. RDP interconnects university hospitals across the entire federal network in Germany.

Goals & Benefits

To ensure secure technical and regulatory access to clinical care data, RDP offers a component-based, industry-standard platform for transfer, aggregation, storage and analysis of clinical data. RDP enables clinics to transmit care data in a standardized and secure manner. It further enables data use in specific scenarios in the medical domain, in support of both scientific research and evidence-based public health policy making.

The Routine Data Platform, RDP

  • observes the FAIR principles for research data use
  • implements a legal basis with regard to ethics and data protection rules for the compliant use of routine clinical data
  • uses open-source technical standards and is built on the basis of open specifications and interchangeable components
  • enables the development of novel applications in support of the clinical routine, e.g. infection control

  • offers data management both for central data storage and for the (temporary) aggregation of federated data
  • integrates data security and data quality via encrypted transmission, pseudonymization and validation of terminology

  • provides interoperability with the German Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) core dataset FHIR format

  • promotes the connection of clinical data integration centers (from NUM, MII or other networks) via FHIR or openEHR standard interfaces
  • supports the integration of internationally coordinated data models for electronic health records (EHR)