These Competences are Required by “Nursing Computer Technicians” Today

These Competences are Required by “Nursing Computer Technicians” Today

The establishment of a staff unit “Digital transformation in the care” and the occupation with a care informer is a sensible first step before digitization projects in the care. Trained nursing information technicians (nursing informatics) in Germany will certainly be searched for in vain. Nursing specialists with appropriate qualifications are then more likely to be found.

But what is nursing informatics?

There are many definitions of the term “nursing informatics”. While in the German-speaking world nursing information was defined as the application of computer science in the professional care of people, the term “nursing informatics” exists in the English-speaking world, which goes far beyond this definition.

“[…] nursing informatics more, namely, the combination of computer science, information science and nursing science.” (1989 Graves and Corcoran)


This definition shows that nursing informatics is not just the use of information technologies. This also shows the intersection of information science and nursing science.

For the European area nursing informatics can be defined as follows:



“Nursing informatics is the integration of information and nursing science into health care and healthcare through information and communication technologies. It is a support process of nursing and training, as well as care, project, process and quality management in health care facilities “(H.Mania 2008)


What competences should a “nursing informatic” bring or acquire?

Since in Germany no direct course of study “nursing informatics” can be documented at universities, interested nurses have to qualify elsewhere. For this, it is important to know what competences a nursing assistant needs in his professional life. In summary, a “nursing infomatic” must understand the complex relationships between the following elements:

  • Data, information, knowledge and wisdom
  • Nursing science, information science, computer science
  • Nurses, people, health and the environment
  • Information structures, information technologies, information management and communication of information.

In addition, a “nursing informatic” should have knowledge or skills in the following areas:

  • EHealth, mHealth and clinical IT systems or IT infrastructure including interface standards such as HL7, DICOM etc.
  • Usability and software development
  • Regulatory requirements for medical devices, especially software as a medical device
  • Support and training
  • Terminologies and safeguarding the future of care
  • Data protection and data safety
  • Technology lifecycle (planning, process and requirement analysis, specification, selection, training, adaptation, introduction, evaluation, risk management and operation)

In the next post, the fields of tasks and perspectives of nursing informatics will be examined in more detail.

If you would like to qualify as a nursing assistant, the new online course “Specialist for IT in Care” could be a first step. We are happy to advise you!

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]


Care and the conhIT 2017 – When does the knot burst?

Care and the conhIT 2017 – When does the knot burst?

The conhIT 2017 was again a great success – even bigger and even more exhibitors. The largest German Health-IT conference and fair attracted interested and decision makers in the health sector. Care is also gradually becoming the focus of this event. So there were some lectures, panel discussions and an industry management on the topic of “care”.

We from the NursIT Institute again were present at the Berlin-Brandenburg Community Stand, as we presented the latest developments of our nursing expert software CareIT Pro and our service around the subject of “Lean Nursing” with a strengthened team.

What could we take with us in terms of care from conhIT 2017 in a nursing perspective?

Many actors in theory deal, in the form of current studies, with the digitization of care. Thus, among other things, The panel discussion “Digitization in the care – When does the knot burst” took place. It was also striking that when nursing was the topic, usually the outpatient or long-term care is meant. Why is clinical care so little on the radar of the actors?
Of course, there were also some manufacturers of nursing software present.

All in all, it is certain that there is still much to do in order to anchor the modern technologies in the care sector. This includes the fact that the care itself should organize and engage itself in order to determine the requirements of the own digital tools themselves. But also the creation of incentives for the introduction and use of digital care documentation was mentioned. Another point is the lack of advice and training in the area of ​​nursing technologies.

Lecture at the Lunchtalk of Berlin partner 

Yes! The organization of care in a network or association for nursing ICT is necessary. 10 years ago, I was the chairman of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegeinformatik”. This association of 40 nurses was apparently ahead of its time and has disappeared after 3 years. Today, exactly the same company is needed to help shape technological developments. Therefore, we are currently working on reviving the idea and starting the “Network for Innovation and Technology in Care”. More information soon 🙂

The incentives for the use of digital care documentation can also be set by the manufacturers. If nursing staff can save up to 60 minutes of documentation time per patient and can also secure additional income of up to 75 euros through the information collected, this should be a strong incentive for every decision maker. CareIT Pro can do just that and makes the PKMS automatic.

We also offer advice on innovations and technologies and care. Within the framework of our Lean Nursing method, we do not only consider the processes, but also the existing tools and IT systems, as well as gaps and potentials. We also offer a wide range of seminars on nursing innovations and IT.

Panel discussion on the new FHIR interface, CareIT uses as well

So there is already a lot available. The nursing staff should be even more informed in this area and also demand the digital facilitation!

We like to support this topic with lectures, presentations and seminars. Many nursing directories have already used our information offer. Just contact us without obligation!

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 …

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