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Dr. rer. nat. Jörg Caumanns
Business Unit ESPRI
+49 30 3463-7581

Director of the Innovation Center Telehealth Technologies

 After receiving a diploma in computer science from the Technical University Berlin Jörg Caumanns started working at the Free University of Berlin where he designed and implemented various interactive eLearning environments. In 2000 he received a PhD from the Technical University of Cottbus for his studies about the automated generation of adaptive multimedia textbooks. In the same year he took an offer from the Fraunhofer-Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST) for establishing an eLearning department within the institute. In 2007 Jörg Caumanns took over the department on Secure Business-IT Infrastructures where he developed the eHealth domain as a new business segment. After the integration of Fraunhofer ISST Berlin into the Fraunhofer-Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in 2012 he became the head of the newly founded eHealth department at Fraunhofer FOKUS.

The major research interests of Jörg Caumanns are on platforms and solutions for cross-enterprise health data sharing, with a strong focus on issues related to patient privacy, data security and semantic interoperability. Jörg Caumanns is member of IHE International and the co-editor of an IHE White Paper (Access Control) and an IHE Profile (Cross-Community Fetch). He is technical coordinator of the “electronic CaseRecords (eCR/EFA)” initiative and had been the work package leader for the epSOS architecture, design and technical specifications.


  Curriculum vitae

  • since 2016 Head of Innovation Center “Telehealth Technologies” at Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • 2012-2016 Head of Competence Center E-HEALTH at Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • 2007-2011 Head of Department “Secure Business-IT Infrastructures” at Fraunhofer ISST Berlin
  • 2004-2005 Team Leader “IT-Infrastructure Modelling” at Fraunhofer ISST Berlin
  • 2001-2003 Head of Department “Learning Technologies” at Fraunhofer ISST Berlin
  • 2000-ongoing Research associate at Fraunhofer FOKUS (formerly: Fraunhofer ISST Berlin)
  • 2000 Promotion as Dr. rer. nat. at Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus
  • 1997-2000 Member of Berlin-Brandenburger Graduate School “Distributed Informationsystems”
  • 1994-1999 Research associate at Department of Economy at Free University of Berlin
  • 1994 Software Deveoper at Teles AG Berlin
  • 1991-1994 Studies of Computer Science at Technical University Berlin (Grade: Diploma)

Scientific Interests

  • Architectures of Healthcare-IT platforms and solutions
  • Identitäty and access control in healthcare
  • Security and privacy
  • Healthcare-IT standards and semantic interoperability

Activities and Memberships  

  • Member of IHE International ITI Planning Committee and IHE International ITI Technical Committee
  • Head of interoperability test center for hospital-IT integration of the German Electronic Health Card
  • Reviewer for scientific funding schemes (IWT, BioWin)

Selected Papers and Lectures  

  • Caumanns J (2016) Digital Health in Germany – Opportunities and Obstacles. Alberta-Germany eHealth Symposium. Edmonton, 27.01.2016
  • Caumanns J (2015) Security Design Pattern for eHealth Platforms. eHealth Summit Austria. Wien, 18.06.2016.
  • Rode O., Kraufmann B., Billig A., Caumanns J., Benzler J., Steffan D (2015) Case Study on FHIR and CTS2: The German Reporting System for Infectious Diseases. Medical Informatics Europe MIE 2015. Madrid, 29.05.2015.
  • Caumanns J. (2015) Intraoperabel bleiben! E-health-com Nr. 06/15, S. 45-48
  • Caumanns J (2013) Datenschutz und Datennutz bei elektronischen Patientenakten. Datenschutz und Datensicherheit 37 (2013), Nr.3, S.137-142
  • Caumanns J., von Schwanenflügel M. (2013) Feasibility Study on Interoperability for German Healthcare IT. OMG Technical Meeting. Berlin, 17.06.13.
  • Caumanns J. (2013) Interoperability vs Healthcare-IT. Workshop: How to bring IT to Meaningful Use? New Orleans, 05.03.13.
  • Caumanns J., Brandner R. (2012) EFA on Top of IHE Profiles. HL7/IHE Germany Annual Conference. Göttingen, 25.10.2012.
  • Caumanns J. (2012) Health Record Architectures in Germany. IHE/HL7-Kongress “Architektuur in de Zorg” (Keynote). Utrecht, 21.06.2012.
  • Caumanns J. (2012) RLUS-based Health Record Architectures. HL7 Italy Open Days (Keynote). Rom, 07.06.2012.
  • Caumanns J., Bittins S., Masi M. (2011) IHE Profile “Cross-Community Fetch“. IHE International. 2011.
  • Caumanns J., Rode O., Kuhlisch R. (2011) RLUS and SOA Security. OMG Conference on SOA in Healthcare. Richmond, 14.07.2011.
  • Caumanns J., Kuhlisch R., Pfaff O., Rode O. (2009) IHE White Paper “Access Control“. IHE International. 2009.
  • Caumanns J. (2008) Identity and Access Management in the Context of the Electronic Case Records. European Identity Conference. 24.4.08. München.
  • Boehm O, Caumanns J, Franke M, Pfaff O (2008) Federated Authentication and Authorization: A Case Study. In Proc. 12th IEEE International EDOC Conference. 16.8.08. München. pp 356-362

  Selected Project Participations

  • Feasibility study on interoperability in the German healthcare system

o    Analysis of international best practices and obstacles in Germany

o    Elaboration of recommendations for the German Federal Ministry of Health

  • Architecture, security and performance review for the Austrian national electronic health record infrastructure (ELGA GmbH)

o    Review of the complete ELGA technical specification

o    Assessments of the solution’s maturity and readiness for roll-out

  • European Patients Smart Open Services (epSOS): Design, specification and piloting of a gateway infrastructure for the secure and semantics-aware bridging of existing healthcare-IT infrastructures in Europe (European Commission)

o    Work package leader „Architecture and Design (WP3.A)“

o    Work package leader “Common Components Specification (WP3.4)”

  •  R&D Prototype for a German National Personal Health Record Infrastructure: Design, specification, prototype implementation and piloting of an PHR according to German regulatory requirements (German Ministry of Health)

o    Project Coordinator

o    Design of the Conceptual Framework

  • Electronic Case Records (eCR): Design, specification, prototype implementation and rollout of a data sharing platform for regional healthcare provider networks (eCR Association, private hospital chains)

o    Technical coordinator

o    Editor of several of the eCR technical specifications

  • German National Infrastructure for the Reporting of Infectious Diseases: Design, specification, prototype implementation and user testing of an interoperable infrastructure for an efficient exchange of information among care providers, laboratories and public health agancies (German Ministry of Health)

o    Security Assessment and Security Concept

o    Assessment of standards