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This is how you prepare the nursing staff for the digitization

This is how you prepare the nursing staff for the digitization

Digitization in nursing will be coming and the working environment will change dramatically. The management could prepare for it and thus use the potentials or ignore it and thus be overwhelmed by it.

Innovative technologies for care have been available for a long time, but only about 27% of German nurses are supported digitally.
Many decision-makers, manufacturers and nurses also believe that they already have digital care documentation just because digital forms are available. The nurses have their own and special requirements for digital support. To this end, the experience of care with IT in recent years, characterized by documentation for other professional groups, is rather negative. And since nursing information is not a solid component of education, the IT competencies in care are rather heterogeneous.

So how can nurses be prepared for digital transformation?

The topic of digital transformation and the underlying methods and technologies must become part of nursing competence and nursing care. This can certainly not be done by means of instructions or “presetting” of IT solutions.
An organizational development and management is required. The digital participation of care requires appropriate organizational structures and competences in nursing.

The establishment of a staff unit “digital transformation in the care” and the occupation with a care informer would be a sensible first step. On the one hand, this nursing assistant can represent the interests and requirements of nursing staff in IT projects and projects and train the nursing colleagues. In addition, he advises the management as well as preparing and analyzing the key figures.

On the stations and nursing areas, nursing IT key users should also be named and qulified. These key users are coordinated by the “Digital Transformation in Care” office and integrated into all relevant projects. IT key users in care are also the contact persons for their nursing colleagues. They determine the IT training needs of the students and coach directly in the work environment. They also provide on-site support and pass on the requirements to the staff. They are therefore also the key to a careful and beneficial use of technology.

Such a structure requires corresponding process, project and IT competences of the nursing staff assigned to these tasks. This is the only way to properly assess existing processes and technologies, and to define and implement the requirements correctly.

I will discuss the technology-relevant competencies of the staff, the key users and the nurses in a later post.

If you would like to qualify as an IT key user in care, the new online course “Specialist for IT in Care (German)” is recommended.

Position paper: Care 4.0: Patient-oriented care through digital processes

The Health Care Initiative (IGW) is currently publishing a position paper on care 4.0. The position paper is to be the starting point for an intensive entrepreneurial but also a professional policy debate. The guiding theme of digitization must be taken up and used much more strongly than hitherto. The frequently deficit-oriented view of “care” is presented to innovation, development and competence. For nursing management, new and outstanding fields of action are being opened up through care 4.0. In particular, the topics of process control and patient orientation can be filled with completely new accents.

The present position paper is based on a joint expert workshop of the Initiative Gesundheitswirtschaft in cooperation with the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf and the NursIT Institute GmbH in March 2017 in Hamburg.

To the web version of the position paper (German)

To ensure that the care is not being overshadowed by digitalization … Online course “Specialist for IT in Care”

To ensure that the care is not being overshadowed by digitalization … Online course “Specialist for IT in Care”

Digital process support has already proved itself in many industries. Smart technologies and innovations in the care sector are increasingly being used. Care 4.0 is a current term and means, among other things, a consistent use of technology and digital care processes.

At the same time, digitalization in care is often perceived as a practice-free and overwhelming one. In addition, the benefits and support of care IT are often not experienced, but increasing burdens and expenses.

This is not only due to the often low maintenance orientation of the technologies, but also to the underlying, often variable processes. The lack of time and resources, as well as the way in which such systems are implemented in health care facilities, can be the cause. In order to avoid the demotivation and overburdening of the nursing staff by the inexorable digitization in the nursing care, technically competent nurses are needed, who contribute as a contact person in nursing, as representatives of interests in technology projects and also in the development of new, innovative care technologies.

The practical, online continuing education “specialist for IT in care” is especially designed for the needs of nursing staff. The course can be completed easily online and mobile. All lectures are also recorded and can be visited independently. It does not provide skills for the application of a specific IT system of a specific manufacturer, but competences for the digital information management in nursing day.

All information about the course here (German)

Care Camp Cologne 2017 – Let’s talk about…

Care Camp Cologne 2017 – Let’s talk about…

Care Camp Cologne is when 75 people from nursing and social the social area meet at a weekend to discuss current topics from Nursing and social areas. NursIT attended as well. For the third time, the camp doors opened in the University Hospital Cologne. The following little social media story about CareCamp Cologne 2017 shows the diversity of this unique event (mostly German).

The “NursIT Institute Story” is the winner in 2017

The ICC Germany was looking for faces and success stories as companies go new digital ways for their customers. The aim of NursIT Institute GmbH is precisely to support digitization of professional nursing with software and services. Therefore, we are very pleased to be selected as a nationwide winner. The award will be presented at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit in Berlin.

Read our story … [German]