Department of Computer Science
A visualization developed at TU Darmstadt for the analysis and tracking of SARS-CoV-2 infections is successfully in use in hospitals. Using the computer-based early warning system SmICS (Smart Infection Control System), scientists, physicians, and medical practitioners can detect infections, suspected cases, and possible transmission routes in hospitals and thus contain them at an early stage.
SmICS was developed by the HiGHmed consortium, which also includes a team led by Dr. Tatjana von Landesberger, Interactive Graphic Systems Group. For two years, the team has been working on the interactive visualization of disease spread – monitoring outbreaks, identifying infected patients and identifying disease transmission pathways. The experience gained so far and the software developed have now been applied to research on the spread of the coronavirus.
Currently, SmICS is used at the founding sites of the HiGHmed consortium in Hannover, Göttingen and Heidelberg, but also at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the University Hospitals of Münster and Schleswig-Holstein. The software is also available to all other university hospitals. HiGHmed is part of the Medical Informatics Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.