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Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education, 25 sitesopen in new window have installed the DSF to execute the Feasibilityopen in new window process. To perform feasibility queries, a researcher can register and query data on the FDPG (Forschungsdaten Portal für Gesundheit - Research Data Portal)open in new window website. Basic data of hospitalizations of over 8 million patients with over 40 million diagnoses and much more such as laboratory values or drug prescriptions are available. After a successful query, the data is made available in standardized FHIR format. Further information can be found in the flyeropen in new window.

The Feasibility Process

Medical routine data holds great promise for advancing research, yet its integration into a research context poses significant challenges. To address this, Medical Data Integration Centers have been established, by the medical informatics initiative to consolidate data from primary information systems into a central repository. However, relying on data from only one organization is rarely sufficient to answer complex research questions, so merging data across institutional boundaries is necessary.

To enable researchers to leverage this integrated data for specific research projects, there is a critical need for the ability to query cohort sizes across institutions. The feasibilityopen in new window process allows researchers to conduct automated and distributed feasibility queries, i.e., cohort size estimates. This process is executed according to the open standard BPMN 2.0, the underlying process data model is based on HL7 FHIR R4 resources.

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