I am interested in all aspects of computer use in family medicine, and I am currently conducting research in medical informatics. In general this involves electronic healths records in primary medicine, particularly clinical decision support for primary care physicians. To further improve my theoretical knowledge, I am also studying Mathematics and Informatics part-time at the FernUniversitaet in Hagen www.fernuni-hagen.de, Germany’s principal distance learning university – very part-time indeed.
You may find my scientific publications on my profile at researchgate.net:
There is also an overview on my medical doctor thesis on this page (in German)
I am member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemeinmedizin und Familienmedizin (German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians) www.degam.de, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik www.gmds.de (German Society of Medical Informatics) and the Association française d’Informatique Médicale www.france-aim.org (French Association for the applications of Medical Informatics).
I have contributed to the following scientific journals and congresses:
16th National Congress of Teaching General Practitioners (16e Congrčs National des Généralistes Enseignants) Grenoble /France 11/2016 (Poster “On the possibilites to reduce the number of automatic alerts during prescription created by an electronic health record”)
HEC 2016 / 61th annual meeting of the German Society of Medical Informatics (61. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik), Munich / Germany 8/2016 (Poster “On the possibilities to reduce automatic alerts during electronic prescription” ).
10th congress of general medicine France (10e Congrčs Médecine Générale France), Paris 4/2016 (Poster “On the use of the electronic health record and the (life) quality of a primary care physician.”).
49th Congress for general practice and family medicine. (49. Kongress für Allgemeinmedizin und Familienmedizin), Bozen / South Tirol 9/2015 (Posters “Decision support by electronic health record in family medicine.” and “On the use of electronic health records and (life) quality of primary care physicians”).
60th annual meeting of the German Society of Medical Informatics (60. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik), Krefeld / Germany 9/2015 (Poster “On the use of electronic health records and (life) quality of primary care physicians”).
59th annual meeting of the German Association for Medical Informatics (59. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik 2014), Göttingen 9/2014 (Poster “On the use of electronic health records in primary care “).
Zeitschrift für Allgemeinmedizin
Methods of Information in Medicine
If you are a researcher or an electronic health record editor sharing my interests, please feel free to contact me:
I am always interested in academic or industrial cooperations.
Today it is rather uncommon to conduct research in a primary care office. The reason may be the vast distance between a primary care medical office and research institutions, which are normally situated in an academic context, mainly at universities. Technically, doing research is much easier for doctors working in university hospitals. It is not only a question of financial and technical resources, but also of “intellectual stimulation” by personal, often informal contacts with other researchers. But the advent of new internet-derived communication technologies as, for example, Pubmed, researchgate, open-access on journal websites ( not to forget basic tools as Google, Wikipedia and YouTube) has taken away many if not most technical obstacles.
On the other hand, some research topics can only be treated by doctors working personally in family medicine. And because of the high number of primary care offices in every country - maybe half of all doctors in (ambulatory) care are doing primary care - the potential impact for progress in care stemming from new research results might be the highest in all medical fields.
There are historic examples of researchers working in primary care - e.g. world-class scientist Robert H. Koch: After a secondary school education in humanistics i.e. Latin and ancient Greek and one semester of classical philology at university, he studied medicine and was a trained physician when he started his carrier as a medical microbiologist in the 1870ies, working as a country doctor in his own medical office (so being initially a self-funded scientist, as we would call it today). In 1905, then university Professor Koch received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
I will not compare myself to a Nobel Prize winner. A world-class scientist, Prof. Pierre Chambon is living in Blaesheim, the village close to Strasbourg where I am staying https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Chambon. The list of his achievements, honors and awards is striking. My research is actually quite close to what is called “citizen science”. But there is one encouraging parallel between my research and Robert Koch’s: At his time, research in bacteriology, which was a very new field, did not need much material – the images of Koch’s microscope and working material on this page give some idea. Medical informatics is also a new field and does not necessarily require much material either: Informatics’ mother field mathematics needs, even today, quite often not more than a blackboard and chalk and maybe Euclide’s sandbox – plus a human brain plus a library. Medical Informatics needs material which is today as common as blackboard and chalk or paper and pencil: a personnel computer and an internet connection, the latter also giving access to a library. This special feature of informatics is also reflected in the origin of firms like Microsoft and Apple or, a generation later, Google, Facebook and Whatsapp: all of them were founded with very little financial and technical resources - quite often by some students, who had specific knowledge and new ideas (and not by the well equipped, very experienced, highly qualified and even more highly paid institutional researchers in the R&D-departments of the already existing big players in the market).
Another example of a rural doctor interested in research and science is Dr. August G. Heisler, who lived in the first half of the 20th century in a village called Koenigsfeld in the Black Forest in the South West of Germany. Dr. Heisler introduced a new medicine, Carbo Koenigsfeld sive coffea, which is still produced today, and studied and improved many other therapies, including dietetics, medicines and natural remedies and therapies. He was editor in chief of the journal “Der Landarzt” (“The Rural Doctor”, today “Zeitschrift für Allgemeinmedizin” “Journal of General Medicine”), published many scientific articles and wrote some medical books, his most famous one “Dennoch Landarzt” (“Neverthless rural doctor”) had 5 editions and was reprinted in 1984 31 years after his death. At his time, departments of family medicine did not yet exist at medical faculties; otherwise he would probably have been university professor of family medicine. During lifetime, he received the highest award of the German medical community, the Paracelsus medal.