NCT Heidelberg
Dr. Stefanie Rudolph



Dr. Stefanie Rudolph
Translationale Onkologie,
NCT Heidelberg/DKFZ

Phone: +49 6221 42-1630
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DataBox Project

Patient-centered Health Management

Under the supervision of the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), and in collaboration with SAP and Siemens Healthineers, physicians and researchers are developing a system to collect and share patient data. With the help of a big data analysis, the involved parties hope for new diagnostic methods and treatment concepts. The DataBox project has started in January 2018 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG).

Laboratory results, radiographs, DNA sequencing: In Germany, millions of people generate health-related data on a daily basis – at the GP, the specialist, or in hospital. However, there is no system collecting those data in one place and making it also accessibleat a later time. This unsatisfying situation mainly results from patients switching back and forth between different sectors of health care like inpatient or outpatient, or between different bodies. Only rarely, the data is shared inter-divisionally, or compiled for the benefit of the patient. Usually, further information is missing once physicians have completed the patient’s treatment.

Not only does this state have an adverse effect on research and for the treating physicians. It is especially unfavorable for the patients themselves since treatment records including important information on and experience from the previous therapy are oftentimes not available for the next similar case. Such records would be of enormous value: blood results, courses of a disease, success and failure rates of therapies. The more data available, the  more likely conclusions can be drawn.

Individual data rooms for each patient

This is where DataBbox starts: The patients hold all rights to their data, and with their consent, health-related information is compiled, saved and made accessible. For the patients, DataBox is a safer and transparent information service that can comfortably be accessed online. While the physicians can track the course of disease more easily, the patients can allow researchers to use their data for scientific purposes – with the aim of  developing better diagnostic methods and therapies.


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