Ontology-based data infrastructure for medical research.

In the last few years, the research on the Ontology-guided Medical Data Analysis (OMEDA) has evolved from a generic data-capture prototype to one of the research and development priorities of the Medical Informatics research department.

The resulting software CALUMMA is an innovative data management system and actively supports the user from data modeling through data integration and validation to processing and evaluation. Without the need for IT expertise, CALUMMA can realize the vision of a tailor-made data management system for medical research. With just a few clicks, the researchers set up the required data structures.The entire system adapts to the structural specifications in real time. Requirement changes are straightforward due to this flexibility and can be carried out at any time. Numerous research projects were implemented with the help of CALUMMA:

  • OBIK / LEIVMED is the result of the cooperation with the Bachelor’s degree program “Process Management in Health Care” of the Campus Steyr of the FH Oberösterreich. The aim of this research project is a comparative benchmarking, which supports and optimizes the planning and disposition of surgical interventions from several hospitals.
  • The aneurysm Register was developed in long-term cooperation with the Neuromed Campus of the Kepler Universiätsklinikuml. In the process, heterogeneous medical data were collected (patient aneurysm data, current treatments,follow-ups). Within the scope of this research project, based on the structured data collection as well as ensuring the anonymity of the stored data, the collaboration enabled the development of a CALUMMA integrated visualization component for easy visualization and evaluation of the data.
  • Together with the project partners Johannes Kepler University Linz and the Oncology / Hematology Department of the Kepler Universitätsklinikum Med Campus III, the research project TourGuide is under development since the end of 2015. The intention of this project is the creation of an interactive research platform, which supports knowledge acquisition of medical researchers in the area of tumor therapy. Similar to a navigation system, the user is guided through the data analysis. The system accelerates the analysis process by proposing suitable methods and potentially interesting correlations.

The projects of the Research Unit Medical Informatics are funded by the State of Upper Austria through the Strategic Economic and Research Program “Innovatives OÖ 2020.”