The OFFIS Institute for Information Technology founded in 1991, is an application-oriented non-profit research and development institute located in Oldenburg, Germany. The OFFIS “Health” R&D division addresses a broad range of research topics related to the use of information technology related to health and healthcare, including medical device technologies, integration technology, data analysis technologies and human machine interfaces.


In the field of integration technology, the focus is on the support and improvement of intra- and interdepartmental workflows in healthcare, a key topic for a future-proof health care system. OFFIS intensively studies and promotes relevant medical standards such as DICOM and HL7 and supports integration initiatives like IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), where manufacturers, the scientific community and users work together on this subject. Additional research focuses the improvement of work processes in integrated care, with the goal of providing process improvements through new technologies such as mobile devices.

OFFIS is also active in the field of certification of eHealth products in the context of a collaboration with the German Society of Radiology (DRG). OFFIS verifies the conformance of products creating so-called “Patient CDs” with a requirements specification developed by the DRG in close collaboration with OFFIS; certificates are awarded by the DRG.