About us Healthcampus

Initiated by the Brandenburg Ministry for Science, Research and Cultural Affairs (MWFK), the Health Campus is scheduled as an institution shared by the MHB, the University of Potsdam and the BTUCS (Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg) in collaboration with further universities and external research facilities. The idea is to ensure the long-term provision of medical services in the state of Brandenburg, strengthen health research via research alliances, and promote practice-oriented training and further education for medical and nursing professionals. A broad network of hospitals forms part of the Health Campus. A scientific advisory board monitors the project and makes recommendations for research priorities.

Focal points are sparsely populated areas and demographic change / ageing. The MHB has been involved in several major collaborations and projects at the preliminary stage (2017/18).

For questions concerning the collaboration projects please contact the project coordinator Hannah Leichsenring at hannah.leichsenring@mhb-fontane.de.

Joint project “digilog” – digital and analogue support for an ageing population

Digilog is a research alliance with a total of 37 partners which was started on 1 March 2017 with funding from the MWFK. Digilog stands for “Digital and analogue support for an ageing population”. A joint ‘eHealth Center’ pools all incoming digital and analogue health-related data.

The research project explores innovative formats of medical care for remote rural areas and bases its proposed solutions on the specific structures and needs of the regions and communities in question. The strategy we recommend is an ‘eHealth’-supported approach (digital companion) based on an analysis of deficits and wishes on the part of those affected and involved.

The aim is to ensure networked healthcare supply where medical technology reaches the patient (digital health), the patient is self-empowered, and regional providers of healthcare such as doctors, home care services and district nurses are involved in patient care as “analogue companions”.

Tools of digital health and multidisciplinary cooperation are to improve medical care of the chronically ill. Digilog envisages a hybrid concept of conventional basic network and mobile point-of-care diagnostics, for the sake of person-centred and at the same time resource-saving health services. The aspiration is the “boundaryless hospital”, i.e. micro-medical technology at or near the point of care.

digilog comprises 3 subject areas with two subprojects respectively:

Subject area I is concerned with an analysis of current and prospective healthcare in the state of Brandenburg and outlines a ‘protected life cycle’ in a model region.

Subject area II develops an open IT architecture for cross-linking contents, integrating remote-enquiry implants and wearables that collect significant data.

Subject area III addresses the bed-side lab and mobile point-of-care imaging.

All 37 partners, from start-ups to global players like Microsoft and Boston Scientific, pursue these aims. In addition to established collaborations, plans are already in the pipeline for spin-offs and an up-scaling of the research alliance.
Coordinator and spokesman of the research alliance is Prof. Dr. Dr. Kurt J. G. Schmailzl, to be contacted at kurt.schmailzl@mhb-fontane.de.

Joint project “Cardiac and vascular health in Brandenburg’s non-metropolitan areas”

Current calculations suggest that demographic change in the state of Brandenburg, reinforced in peripheral areas (such as population ageing), might result in a situation where medical care for the population can no longer be provided state-wide.

One example here is the death rate from heart attacks in Brandenburg, the nation-wide highest for years. The Brandenburg Medical School was founded to overcome this and similar challenges. The joint research project is intended to support these efforts and contribute to the research and treatment of age-related cardiovascular diseases via clinical registries, clinical trials and a number of basic-scientific accompanying studies.

Coordinator and spokesman of the research alliance is Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Maximilian Albes, to be contacted at johannes.albes@mhb-fontane.de.

Joint project “Implications of age-related cell and organ functions”

The Institute of Biomaterials Research at the Helmholtz Centre in Geesthacht is directing this project. The starting point is that diagnostics and therapy of very old patients primarily use findings won from patient collectives of mixed age - as a rule with an upper limit between 65 and 80 years – and therefore not necessarily applicable to very old people. Evidence-based treatment of old patients, however, requires an exact understanding of physiological and pathophysiological processes in this age group, concerning e.g. the metabolism of medication, interactions between implants and surrounding tissue, or the reduced effectiveness of vaccines in elderly patients compared to younger ones.

Coordinator and spokesman of the research alliance is Prof. Dr. med. Markus Deckert, to be contacted at markus.deckert@mhb-fontane.de.

Health Care and Health Care Services Research

The primary objective of the project is optimised care of nursing home residents via explicit recommendations for action with the idea to counteract potentially inadequate use of psychotropic drugs. First steps are a systematic analysis of current prescription practices and the identification of factors which boost the consumption of such drugs.

Project manager is Prof. Dr. med. Martin Heinze, to be contacted at martin.heinze@mhb-fontane.de.