PFLIP: Intersectoral Nursing Core Data Set and Nursing Data Repository

The PFLIP project aims to define the core nursing data set and build an intersectoral nursing data repository. Continuity of care is to be improved across institutions (patient-centeredness vs. organization-centeredness) and the development of care-supporting AI solutions is to be enabled. To this end, care data from inpatient and outpatient settings will be harmonized and made usable.

The challenge

Many care areas, such as home care or alternative living arrangements, do not record data in a structured or even standardized way. Documentation in the inpatient care sector depends heavily on the individual facility. The sectors in which care data play a role have so far been inadequately networked or not networked at all. In order to be able to analyze treatment processes, address care needs in a personalized manner and develop data-based innovations to support and improve care, this data must be harmonized..


Our contribution

At Fraunhofer ISST, we are designing an integrating platform for the PFLIP project that will be networked with the SMITH Service Plattform of the Medical Informatics Initiative (MII) . The PFLIP platform manages nursing practice data persistently according to specification of the MII core data set to be extended. Nursing facility data-providing systems will be connected to the PFLIP platform via an interface based on international health standards to ensure a high level of interoperability and scalability. PFLIP will be networked with the SMITH service platform and act with the established processes for requesting and using data. In the PFLIP project, we are also responsible for coordinating the collaboration between the project partners.



The provision of a uniform and intersectorally usable database for care is forward-looking and holds enormous scientific and technical connection potential. Society benefits from an optimization of care processes based on information available at the right time through improved care and a reduction in systemic costs. In order to achieve a long-term impact and availability with the repository, a module integration into the service platform of the MII is aimed at.



  • Fraunhofer ISST
  • Connext Communication GmbH
  • University of Health (HSG)
  • Diakonie Michaelshoven



  • Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF
  • Funding code: 16SV8883
  • Duration: 03/2022-02/2025