The potential for AI-supported medical data analysis is enormous. Clinics, for example, need this data for research and to improve diagnosis and therapy. The medical device and pharmaceutical industry requires this data in clinical studies and to evaluate the quality and performance of their products.
Based on these needs, the idea for the KIKS project originated in Spring of 2019. Meanwhile, over 40 partners are in the process of developing a digital ecosystem, which will guarantee compliance with legal and ethical framework conditions through a state-of-the-art architecture and security technologies. The cloud-based platform will enable participants to use data-based applications and AI technologies in the health sector for their own purposes or to accelerate the development of new business fields and services.
KIKS is part of the innovation competition “Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a driver for economically-relevant ecosystems” and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The main focus of UNITY and our contribution within KIKS is the digital automation of routine processes in the collection of clinical data. Research into pandemic outbreaks requires the coordination of research activities at the national and international level. In contrast, the automation functionality must be configurable at the local level down to individual clinics and practices. UNITY offers this flexibility.
By digitally automating the anamnesis, medical personnel are exposed to a lower risk of infection and relieved of administrative tasks. Patients, who do not require immediate care, can be interviewed automatically from home. UNITY can thus be used to automate the triage of patients – from the emergency room to the monitoring of patients in home quarantine.
The combination of data collected from patients with laboratory and treatment data, geographical data, sensor data from wearables or radiology data makes UNITY the leading scientific platform for data aggregation and analysis of highly granular medical data – in real time.
We will closely monitor the requirements and experiences of the current SARS-CoV-19 pandemic and contribute to the KIKS project. Through the possible connection to GAIA-X Health, we expect to be able to offer the system throughout the EU or even internationally in the future.
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Aesculap, a B. Braun company, is the world’s largest and one of the most respected manufacturers of surgical instruments and sterilization container systems. Aesculap is a leading privately-owned manufacturing company, passionately committed to providing high-quality, innovative products and services to all surgical disciplines, including neurosurgery, microsurgery, plastic and reconstructive, thoracic, micro-vascular, cardiovascular, orthopedic, laparoscopic and general surgeries. Aesculap contributes its requirements and expertise in the execution of clinical studies and from the field of regulatory affairs to the KIKS project.
BioRegio STERN is promoting economic development in the life sciences, by supporting innovations and start-up companies as a public service. It is a central point of contact for founders and entrepreneurs, including those from cooperating high-tech sectors such as automation and IT. Within the KIKS project, BioRegio STERN is responsible for managing all tasks related to public relations, the organizational structure of the project, for establishing a governance structure as well as the development of strategies for the systematic establishment of a national ecosystem with international outreach.
The Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery (CMSC) at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is one of the largest orthopedic trauma surgery centers in Germany. The team of orthopaedic and trauma surgeons offers comprehensive conservative and operative treatment for all diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Within KIKS, the CMSC represents the interests of clinical users including special requirements for clinical research.
RAYLYTIC, leader of the KIKS consortium, is a highly specialized company in the field of medical software development. Its web-based platform UNITY, which is one of the core modules within the KIKS project, facilitates not only a seamless and straight-forward collection of clinical data directly from the patient (PROMs) but also its fully automated extraction from medical images utilizing AI and the joint analysis of the data from different domains. UNITY includes technologies for anonymization/pseudonymization, secure data transmission and user role management and already meets the relevant GDPR requirements.
The entire consortium is planning to present the KIKS project at various events and trade shows throughout Europe and North America. At the moment, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, most events have been cancelled or postponed. For updates, please regularly visit this page as well as the KIKS project website, www.kiks.ai.
Please contact us if you are interested in further information about KIKS and/or would like to participate in the project and help define the future of healthcare.