Innovative Secure Medical Campus

Innovation in the hospital: Artificial intelligence and cyber security made in NRW

Launch of the “Innovative Secure Medical Campus UKB”. From left to right: Dirk Backofen (Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems), Prof. Ulrike Attenberger, Director of the Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (UKB), Digital Minister NRW Prof. Andreas Pinkwart, Prof. Holzgreve (UKB), Dr. Christian Temath (KI.NRW), Clemens Platzköster (UKB), Stephan Wirtz (Cyber Security Cluster Bonn) © UKB

News and progress from the Innivative Secure Medical Campus project will soon be available on the project website.

Bonn University Hospital and Cyber Security Cluster initiate Innovative Secure Medical Campus 

The Innovative Secure Medical Campus is a unique cooperation project in Germany between Bonn University Hospital and the Cyber Security Cluster, which is also based in Bonn. Together, they are working on a transferable digitalization concept for the UKB, in which the use of state-of-the-art AI technology is considered together with the topic of cyber security and data protection from the very beginning.

Hospitals and especially maximum care providers such as the UKB are facing a major challenge that will become more urgent in the coming decades as a result of demographic change – a shortage of medical specialists with an ever-increasing number of patients suffering from complex diseases. Digitalization and data security play a crucial role in planning how to design processes more efficiently. This is where the project steps in: The aim is to use the latest technologies, such as 5G, artificial intelligence and surgical robotics, to develop the UKB as an Innovative Secure Medical Campus into a pioneer for the medical campus of the future.

Fundamental for precise therapeutic decisions of patients with complex diseases is the complete availability of all medical data collected in the context of treatment at the medical facility. In the current status quo, these data are often only available partly in digital and partly in analog form, while systematically structured databases that could be easily accessed with data mining for subsequent analyses, as well as digital exchange with external referring physicians (practices or clinics), are still insufficient.

In the Innovative Secure Medical Campus, the relevant data will be collected in a data lake, so that the digital availability and processing of the patient history, including preliminary findings, images, laboratory and pathology data, will be made possible in an uncomplicated manner. With the 5G network already installed on the campus, the necessary infrastructure for this project is provided. 

On this basis, AI systems can then be attached to support therapeutic decision-making (clinical decision support systems) or even make therapy simulations on digital twins possible. The holistic approach also pursues other, diverse goals, such as the optimization of surgical robotics, AI-supported intelligent resource planning or smart parking, i.e., the easy location of available parking spaces on a large medical campus. A trial of autonomously driving shuttle vehicles on the UKB campus is also planned. The digitization solutions will also be integrated into the smart city approach of the city of Bonn. 

Above all, the security aspect is crucial to the success of this project, because in the healthcare sector in particular, the trustworthy, protective handling of sensitive patient data is indispensable. Hacker attacks on medical facilities have repeatedly demonstrated this. To ensure cyber security and integrate intelligent security solutions, the Cyber Security Cluster Bonn is on board as a strong partner. The project is funded by the state with 17.5 million euros and will run for three years. The project is being led by Prof. Ulrike Attenberger, Director of the Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, UKB. 

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Comments on the research project

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Attenberger

Director of the Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the UKB. 

Using state-of-the-art technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and surgical robotics, the UKB is set to be a pioneer for a medical campus of the future as an Innovative Secure Medical Campus. This involves a secure, comprehensive digitalization solution that optimizes patient diagnostics and treatment as well as general processes in clinics.

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Holzgreve

Medical Director and Chairman of the Board of the UKB. 

The Innovative Secure Medical Campus not only ensures the medical care quality of the UKB as a university maximum care provider at the very highest level even under the forecast framework conditions. We are pleased to also be able to further develop this innovatively digitally and securely at the same time as part of the lighthouse project.

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Dr. Christian Temath

Managing Director KI.NRW 

The Innovative Secure Medical Campus sets new benchmarks for the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. The approach of combining state-of-the-art AI technology with the topic of cyber security and data protection from the very beginning shows: NRW can do AI. But also: AI is a team sport. The cooperation of different expertise enables innovative solutions with charisma beyond NRW. We look forward to anchoring the project in our AI ecosystem and establishing it in national and international networks.

Stephan Wirtz

Board of Directors Cyber Security Cluster Bonn e.V. and Managing Director anykey GmbH. 

We are proud to have been able to contribute cyber security by design right from the start with the knowledge and extensive experience of our cluster members in the design of the Innovative Secure Medical Campus.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart

Former Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. 

The University Hospital Bonn will decisively shape the healthcare sector in North Rhine-Westphalia and throughout Germany as a highly innovative Secure Medical Campus. By using state-of-the-art technologies and digitization strategies, we will turn the vision of a clinic of the future into reality within the next three years. As a pilot hospital, Bonn will pioneer state-of-the-art, highly efficient and digitized healthcare in Germany and set new standards. This new standard will not only make work easier for doctors, nurses and everyone involved in healthcare, but will also ensure better processes, greater safety and optimum care for all patients.

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