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Karl-Peter Pfeiffer, em. o.Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. techn.

Karl-Peter Pfeiffer
phone: +43 (0) 512 9003 - 70900
fax: +43 (0) 512 9003 - 73922
email: karl-peter.pfeiffer ( at )
Consultation hours: appointment needed
Office: Schöpfstraße 41/1, Room 127

Responsibilities / Main research topics
Selected activities in the last years


Responsibilities / Main research topics

  • Classification and discrimination
  • Planning and analysis of clinical studies
  • Epidemiological methods
  • Medical information processing and documentation
  • Hospital information systems and electronic patient record
  • Health systems research, DRG-systems, hospital financing.
  • In the last years I have given lectures in: biostatistics, regression analysis, planning of clinical studies, epidemiology, medical documentation and information processing.
  • Since 1991 I am one of the project managers for the development of a new hospital financing system in Austria (Austrian DRG-system) in duty of the Austrian Ministry of Health.
  • Furthermore I have been involved in many projects and published many papers in clinical studies, about the application of information technology in health care, like clinical information and communication systems, information systems for patient education, hospital financing systems and evaluation of information technology in health care.

Selected activities in the last years

  • Cooperation as a statistican in many clinical studies
  • Cooperation in some projects about application of informatics in medicine and health care
  • Teaching in medical statistics, epidemiology, quality management in health care, medical informatics and information processing
  • Project manager for the development and introduction of the Austrian DRG-system at the Austrian Ministry of Health (since 1991)
  • Chairman of the project executive committee for the introduction of a hospital information system at the university hospital in Innsbruck
  • Cooperation for the development of studies in informatics at the Innsbruck University
  • Scientific director of a university type course for "Applied informatics" at Management Centre Innsbruck (MCI)
  • Chairman of the team for the development of a study "Applied Informatics and Management" at the University of Applied Sciences at the Management Centre Innsbruck (MCI)
  • Scientific director of a course for "Specialist in medical documentation" at the Ausbildungszentrum West in Innsbruck
  • One of the founding professors for the private University for Medical Informatics in Tyrol (UMIT)
  • Member of the STRING-commission (standards and guidelines for information technology in health care) at the Austrian Ministry of Health
  • Member of the Austrian committee for drugs safety at the Ministry of Health
  • President and Vice-President of the Austrian-Swiss Region (ROeS) of the International Biometric Society (2000-2003)
  • Member of the executive committee of the Austrian Society for Public Health (1997-2004)
  • Member of the executive committee of PCS/I (Patient Classification Systems / International), since, 2002
  • Member of the executive committee of the Austrian Society for Telemedicine
  • Member of the executive committee of the subgroup "Documentation" of the GMDS (Gesellschaft für Medizinische Dokumentation und Statistik), since 2004
  • Member of the ethics committee at the Medical University of Innsbruck
  • Member of the committee for data security at the university hospital of Innsbruck (TILAK)
  • Member of the senat of the Innsbruck Medical University
  • Associate editor of: Biometrical Journal and Methods of Information in Medicine


  • Born 1953 in Vorau, Österreich
    1971-76: Studies in Technical Mathematics, Technical University of Graz, Austria. Finished with the degree Dipl.-Ing.
  • 1.1.1977 - 30.11.1994: Assistant professor at the Institute of Physiology, University of Graz. Head of the working group "Statistics and information processing".
  • During this time I have been visiting professor at the "Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule, Zürich" and the "University of California, Los Angeles".
  • 1981: Thesis (Dr.techn.) about "Statistical methods for the analysis of phenomena of frequency potentiation in patients with cardiac arrhythmia"
    at the Technical University of Graz.
  • 1985: Assistant professor (Univ.-Doz.) at the Medical Faculty of the University of Graz for "Medical statistics and information processing".
  • Head of the "Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for Epidemiology and Health Systems Research" (1992-1999).
  • Since 01.12.1994: University professor and head of the department (Director) for Institut of Biostatistics and Documentation (Since 2005: Department of Medical Statistics, Informatics and Health Economics) at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Since September 2009: Rector and Scientific Director of FH JOANNEUM (Graz, Styria)