Bernd Blobel, PhD, FACMI

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University of Regensburg Medical Center

Currently: EHealth Competence Center, University of Regensburg Medical Center

Biography and photograph when elected: 

Dr. Bernd Blobel completed his doctoral training in 1976 when he earned a PhD degree from the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. He was Head of Laboratory in the area of Environment Informatics at the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine at the same university from 1974 to 1985. In 1985, he founded (and has subsequently directed until the present) the Medical Informatics Department in the Institute of Biometry and Medical Informatics and completed a Habilitation in Informatics in 2001.

Dr. Blobel began his research career within the borders of the former German Democratic Republic, usually with limited resources and without international contacts. He started his international career in medical informatics after the reunification of Germany in 1990.Within a few years, he developed an international reputation as an expert in the field of modeling of health care systems, security issues, distributed component- based approaches, plus EHRs and health care cards and their applications. After ten years of international work, he published in 2002 the influential book Analysis, Design and Implementation of Secure and Interoperable Distributed Health Information Systems.

Dr. Bernd Blobel is one of the very few medical informaticians who comprehensively overviews the fields of system modeling, communication standards, interoperability in distributed systems, EHRs, and the related security issues. He is actively participating in research in these fields while focusing on the development of a personal, secure health care record. As an ACMI colleague, he will be a highly experienced advisor for dealing with such problems, all of which will continue to be central research issues in biomedical informatics in the upcoming years.