Professor Dr.
Bernd Blobel, Ph.D., FACMI, FACHI, FHL7, FEFMI

Head of eHealth Competence Center

Bernd Blobel


Room: Building D3, Room 4.18
Address: University of Regensburg Medical Center
eHealth Competence Center, Franz-Josef-Strauß-Allee 11, 93053 Regensburg, Germany

Study and education

  • Goethe High School, 1964
  • Special Class for Mathematics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1966
  • Technical Cybernetics and Electrical Engineering (speciality Electronics), Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1971
  • Informatics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1971
  • Biocybernetics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1974
  • Physics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1975
  • Biometry and Medical Informatics, Academy for Medical Further Education Berlin, 1985
  • Educational Theory at University Level, 1989


  • University degree in Technical Cybernetics and Electrical Engineering, Specialty Electronics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1971
  • Diplom Engineer, Electronics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1973
  • University degree in Physics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1975
  • Doctorate in Physics (PhD), Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 1976
  • Certificate in Medical Informatics, German Medical Informatics Association, 1993
  • Confer qualification as a university professor for Medical Informatics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 2001
  • Associate Professor for Medical Informatics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, 2001
  • Professor, University of Regensburg, 2012

Professional Life

  • Environmental Informatics, Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Head of Laboratory
  • Health Informatics, Medical Informatics Department, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Founder and Head of Department, Director of the Institute for Biometry and Medical Informatics, University Hospital CIO
  • Health Telematics Project Group, Fraunhofer Society, Institute for Integrated Circuits Erlangen, Founder and Head
  • eHealth Competence Center, University of Regensburg Medical Center, Founder and Head

Awards and Honors

  • Students’ Award, Ministry for Higher Education, 1968
  • Poster Award, German Medical Informatics Association, 1995
  • Europe’s second-best Health Telematics Application 2000, Medical Informatics Europe Award 2000
  • Fellow of the Czech Medical Informatics Association, 2004
  • Fellow (International Associate) of the American College of Medical Informatics, 2004
  • W. Edward Hammond, PhD, Volunteer of the Year Award, 2009
  • Fellow of HL7, 2010
  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, 2011
  • Silver Needle (Badge) of Honour of the German Society for Privacy and Security (GDD), 2013
  • Honorary Member of HL7 Germany, 2014
  • Honorary Member of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI Fellow), 2015

Professional Society Memberships

  • German Professional Association for Medical Computer Scientists (BVMI)

Editorial Experience

  • Editorial Board – International Journal of Medical Informatics, since 2001
  • Referee for Medical Informatics Europe, 1990, 1991, 1993-2005
  • Referee for MEDINFO
  • Referee for GMDS
  • Referee for IFIP
  • Referee for different other international journals and conferences
  • Editorial Board – Forum der Medizin Informatik

Participation in Standards Groups

  • CEN ISSS eHealth Standardization Focus Group, Chair
  • CORBA, Past-Chair Security and Cards
  • Health Level Seven (HL7); Security & Accountability TC, Co-Chair; Personnel Management TC, Past-Co-Chair
  • Health Level Seven Germany, Past-Chair
  • ISO TC 215 Health Informatics, Former Head of the German Delegation
  • CEN TC 251 Health Informatics, Former Head of the German Delegation
  • ASTM E31
  • HITSP, Member
  • DIN FB Medical Informatics, Past-Chair; Security Group, Past-Chair

Scientific Associations

  • German Reference Centre for Electronic Health Records (PROREC-DE), Past-Chair
  • European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI), Council Member; WG “Electronic Health Records”, Past-Chair; WG “Security, Safety and Ethics”, Past-Chair
  • International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), WG “Standards in Health Care Informatics”, Past-Chair
  • International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), WG “Security in Health Information Systems”,  Former Co-Chair and EFMI Representative
  • German Medical Informatics Association (GMDS), WG “Standards for Communication and Interoperability”, Past-Chair; WG “Data Protection in Health Information Systems”, Past-Co-Chair
  • German Society for Mathematical and Physical Biology (until 1989)

Further Obligations

  • UNESCO World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR), Co-Chair Health Commission
  • Research and Development Institute for Health and Social Affairs Saxony-Anhalt, Founder and Board Member
  • Advisor of the German Federal Ministry for Health and Social Affairs on health telematics
  • Expert of the German Federal Ministry for Health and Social Affairs for the German Health Telematics Platform, especially for its architectural framework and security infrastructure
  • External Advisor of the Australian HealthNet project
  • External Advisor of the Danish EHR Observatory
  • Advisor of German States on health telematics (e.g. Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bavaria)

Working Areas

  • Medical documentation, classifications and terminology
  • Clinical and epidemiological registries
  • Electronic Healthcare Record Systems
  • Health Information Systems Architecture
  • Middleware concepts, CORBA
  • Component Systems
  • System Sciences
  • System-theoretical and ontological approaches
  • Knowledge Management
  • Communication standards, HL7, XML
  • System modelling, (object-oriented, entity relationship, workflow)
  • Analysis and design, UML methodology
  • Security, safety, quality in Health Informatics
  • Security infrastructure and policies
  • Authorisation, access control and decision support, modelling and implementation
  • Legal aspects in Health Informatics
  • Health networks, Telemedicine, Internet
  • User behaviour, ergonomics