Discharge and Transfer Management with Smart Care Software

Discharge and Transfer Management with Smart Care Software

Each patient is entitled to a well-prepared and optimally coordinated transfer from the hospital. Successful transfer and discharge management minimizes the interface problems between the hospital and post-hospital care.

This requirement is documented not only in the national expert standard “discharge management in nursing care”, but is also regulated in the statutory health care insurance law (GKV-VSG) with the new § 39 para 1a SGB V (2015). In addition, as of July 1, 2017, the hospitals have to include the patient into a formal discharge management at the time of dismissal, as laid down in the framework conditions of the Federal Office for Social Welfare in autumn 2016.

For each patient, a discharge plan must therefore be drawn up in the future. Such a planned dismissal requires the definition and documentation of criteria (ensuring the post-hospital care, the provision of medical supplies, discussions with relatives, etc.), which are necessary for a successful transfer.

In the CareIT care application software CareIT Pro, these criteria can be created as milestones for all persons involved in the care process and can be displayed transparently (dashboard). Furthermore, the software monitors any deviations and inaccuracies in discharge planning. Checklists and automatic process progress analyzes also show on the occupancy dashboard beside the current assignment, also possible or planned dismissals, as well as milestones to be completed beforehand. In this way, all the employees of the therapeutic team always have the most important milestones of a patient in mind until they are discharged, thus also setting the right parameters for an efficient and sustainable patient continuation.

The care expert software CareIT Pro supports the entire process to a successful discharge and transfer process. More information here, or …

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Care as an important building block of the hospital organization :: COS Event Switzerland

Care as an important building block of the hospital organization :: COS Event Switzerland

IMG_2211Yesterday the participants of the first Swiss COS event had to walk past banana palm trees, ripe dragon fruits and green papayas,  to find out about the latest developments in the eHealth market in the “Jungle Camp”. The initiative “Scheduling Healthcare” invited representatives of Swiss hospitals to the tropics house Wolhusen to this tropical update.

NursIT Institute there made its debut on the Swiss hospital market as well, with the award-winning software CareIT Pro.
Heiko Mania, Managing Director of the company, about NursIT’s philosophy: “We want to transform nurses from documentation makers into documentation users. The  documentation is therefore to be generated automatically by smart technologies. ”
He also rated the potential, as part of a clinic organization systems, as very high. This is because care measures can be prioritized and automatically coordinated in real time with other clinical appointments of the patient. Thus, the fractionation of the care processes is significantly minimized and also waiting times for the patient are considerably reduced.
In combination with the smart personnel deployment planning of the Allocate company, information on the care intensity of the stations and current or planned interventions, as well as the consideration of historical data, can also show a prognosticated resource requirement. This can then be organized by various services by the nurses themselves.
But also a DRG-compliant patient flow control based on self-care capabilities is possible with the COS.IMG_2204
“In addition, highly innovative and intelligent software systems are operating under the hood of the clinical organization systems.”, Guido Burckhardt, one of the initiators of Scheduling Healthcare and Managing Director of qhit, explains. In particular, he refers to the brand-new resource management system HiveMed from MedSolv and the clinical process management cockpit from Spare.

With the experiences of the first projects begun in Switzerland and Germany, the participants were able to learn more about the possibilities and potentials of such an organizational solution. The interesting discussions and positive feedback show that there is a great interest of the hospitals.

Arab Health and modern care in the Orient

Arab Health and modern care in the Orient

IMG_2078-300x225Last week, we were exhibiting the second time at Arab Health 2017 at the Berlin Partner Community Stand in Dubai. With summer temperatures outside, we presented our care expert solution CareIT Pro. And the feedback from Arabia was very interesting.

Arab Health is the largest trade fair and conference for healthcare in the Middle East with Germany as its largest exhibitor group. It is held in the heart of  Dubai, the World Trade Center.
Dubai is becoming a world center for medicine and medical tourism. There even is an own district called “Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)”. The plans include around 350 hospitals, diagnostic centers and health-related facilities along with hotels, apartment houses, staff accommodation and utilities. This would make Dubai the world’s largest “health campus”.

And since so many clinics are being built here as well as throughout the Arab world, a state-of-the-art digital equipment is also being considered from the beginning on. This was the reason why many interested parties also moved to our booth to find out about modern care expert solutions. In particular, the automated, predictive and prescriptive care documentation was their topic of interest.

But also the topic “Clinic Organizational System (COS)” and the associated importance of nursing data was not only a current topic, but also very interesting for Arab visitors.

Who knows, maybe at the next Arbab Health 2018, we can already present our first projects in the Arab world.


Recruiting 4.0 – Care Professionals from Far East [Part 1]

Recruiting 4.0 – Care Professionals from Far East [Part 1]

32693DA3-8E5E-44D7-861A-9568ADE9C7AD-e1489320640205The deficit of skilled labor is already one of the greatest challenges for care. Thousands of nurses will be missing in the future. In contrast, according to estimates by the German Embassy in the Philippines, there are up to 300,000 super-trained nurses without work. For many years now, the Philippines have been highly specialized in foreign countries. The nursing education is designed as a bachelor’s and master’s degree and is strongly oriented to US requirements. Most of the nurses go to the United States after studying in Arabia and New Zealand. Not least through political changes and initiatives, Germany has also become interesting for many Filipino nurses. They would be needed urgently. However, I also think of the many recruiting campaigns of recent years in Eastern and Southern Europe with rather moderate success. But also to the already successful integrations from Asia and India in the 1970s.

Therefore, the question was how a successful, modern recruiting and implementation concept, including innovative technologies, should look for foreign nurses in order to achieve a high level of acceptance and rapid integration in the German clinics and nursing care facilities, as well as the immigration experts Sustainable and sustainable, today.
Of course, there was also the question of how ethical it is to recruit nurses in their home countries and how their training and working conditions look like.

A key to successful integration is the secure mastery of the German language and the specialist vocabulary. At the same time, I am convinced that the experts should already come from their home countries in a German-speaking country in order to be able to devote themselves to the professional adaptation. However, most programs do not see the language qualification until they are in Germany, thus increasing the time needed to embed and recognize, as well as the risk of not reaching the level of language and thus the recognition.

For a long time, I had the idea to support such a qualification in the countries of origin with modern IT technology. The more enthusiastic I was then to have met the innovative agency Start MediCare last year. In the home countries, this qualifies the nurses to the German language level B2, but the colleagues are trained on the German health care system. The common idea was born quickly, by the use of our nursing expert software to support this training on the one hand, but also to adapt the training very specifically to the respective health care facility in Germany, in which the applicant wants to start his new career future. Thus, a targeted, mutual expectation management can be supported with modern tools.

IMG_2402The University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf finds the concept very exciting. However, the director of patient and care management, Joachim Prölß, wanted to get an idea of the situation of the applicants in their home country.

And so we flew to the Philippines in the last week to visit the clinics, universities, mediation agency and language school, and not least to talk to the interested nurses.

About our impressions in another world, I will report in the second part …

Recruiting 4.0 – Welcome to Manila [Part 2]

Recruiting 4.0 – Welcome to Manila [Part 2]

16 hours flight, 9000 kilometers and a sleepless night later, we arrived at the airport of Manila. We met Mrs. Mueller from start MediCare, as well as Rose and Enrico from the mediation agency. On our way to the hotel it quickly became apparent that we have arrived in another, poorer world. In the tropical heat it is only teeming with people, cars and mopeds.
We pass past decayed and needy connotations. Life is quite clear on the street. Nevertheless, we are very glad to have an experienced driver, because traffic regulations are considered as a recommendation. You agree with the horn of the car.

Our first meeting will take place at GP agency. There, applicants for various jobs abroad are interviewed, tested, medically examined and all formalities done. The transfer of Philippine staff to other countries is very much regulated by the state. All participants must be registered and follow the exact rules.

There trained nurses from different regions of the Philippines were waiting for us. They are interested and enthusiastic about the presentation of Mr. Prölß  about the work in UKE. In the questions and reactions of the participants is quickly clear- for many it is a dream to be able to work in such a clinic with the appropriate social and financial framework. But a point is emphasized here over and over – only with speech level B2 their dream will be attainable.

A tour of the building leads through classrooms, assessment stations and a small clinic. Here is the legal and administrative gateway to work in another country.With these new impressions and completely exhausted, the official part of the first day ends in hot Manila.On the second day, a visit to Far Eastern University and the associated clinic is on the agenda.What we have experienced there, I will report in the third part of this series …

Recruiting 4.0 – Where Care is being studied in the Philippines [Part 3]

Recruiting 4.0 – Where  Care is being studied in the Philippines [Part 3]

At 8:30 am and at “fresh” 22 degrees, we start our tour to Gezon to visit the Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, next to an affiliated clinic. We want to get to know the quality of the nursing and the work environment of the nursing students.

With heavy traffic, we take the “Kill-Road”, a 10-lane expressway. Between the cars are street vendors, accompanied by a permanent honk concert of the many vehicles.

At the Far Eastern University, we are cordially welcomed and start our meeting in the administration building. The Medical Director, the COO and the Chief Nursing Officer present their university and the study concept. It quickly becomes clear that the students are mainly trained for work abroad.
The hosts are very interested in learning more about the German clinics. That is why Mr Prölß and Mr van Loo presented the UKE as part of a small presentation.

Then we start the tour to the clinic. We have an unusual picture. There are more modern single-bed rooms for paying patients and several large rooms for the poor, with 8 beds including patients and their families. After all, they receive a treatment and meal for a minimal amount. These rooms are also not air-conditioned and are merely “aerated” by fans. On the children’s station the same picture is shown. And I am suddenly again aware of how well we have it with our medical care in Germany. Babies, children and adolescents sick side by side in open spaces. There is no privacy. The medical technology in the clinic is for the most part highly advanced and impresses with diversity. The university is located in a modern new building and reminds of colleges from the USA. Actually, no wonder, because here they are trained at an USA level.

We attend a hygiene lecture and quickly get into the conversation with the students. All are looking forward to the German visit. In the microbiology lab, students are eager to work on their microscopes and next door in the Skill Lab is a mini-clinic. Here, situations are reproduced and practiced from the recording, the operating room and the intensive care unit.

The computer rooms were also impressive. Here you will find a large number of modern PCs, which are used by the students for research purposes. Also, nursing information is on the curriculum, but a hospital information system or even nursing software is searched in vain. A local RIS in radiology is, however, available and facilitates the work.

Almost all the students we talked with are planning to go abroad after studying. They would like to work there and financially support their families, who had to finance this course. The study and content have a high level. A European clinic and modern equipment will be a new, practical experience for these colleagues. But also as German nursing specialists one could still learn a lot. This also focuses on the training of the community Nurses. These colleagues, who are comparable in Germany to the Gemeindeschwestern, are active in the villages and towns. Often they are the first, medical contact points and therefore require a broad competence. The level of language is the key to the success of the foreign colleagues. Therefore, in Part 4 we look at a very special language school in Gezon.

Ministry is Considering Compulsory Introduction of Nursing Expert Software in Clinics

Ministry is Considering Compulsory Introduction of Nursing Expert Software in Clinics

As is known from the Ministry of Health in Germany, a draft law is currently being drafted for a mandatory introduction of nursing expert software in all clinical settings.
After de-bureaucratization in long-term care, sufficient experience had been gained with the streamlining of the care documentation in order to demand the digitization of care now obligatory.
The financing of these software projects is to be done via the savings, the vacancies by the expert deficit in the care.
It is also planned that every nursing staff member should receive their own tablet PC and prepare for the initiative to attend a seminar on the acquisition of the “Clinical IT Leadership” in summer 2017.

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