Reducing the burden of care through investment in digitisation

Digitization in care

An important step towards a secure future

Der digitale Wandel nimmt auch in der Pflege immer mehr zu. In manchen Bereichen ist die Digitalisierung bereits verbreitete Praxis, in anderen gibt es Nachholbedarf.

Of course, the direct contact from person to person is what counts in care. But new technologies can be a great support for nurses and patients in many areas and make the increasing tasks in everyday life easier.

Krankenpfleger am Limit

Why digitalization?

The nursing care crisis has steadily worsened over the last few years. In Germany today, just under 3.5 million people are in need of care, and this number is expected to rise to 5.1 million by 2050.

However, the number of vacancies in the health care system is also increasing, as is the resulting overload. Extrapolated to full-time positions, there are currently almost 590,000 nursing staff who care for and assist those in need of statutory health insurance. In 2030, around 720,000 people will be needed. By 2050, the demand will rise to a total of almost 1 million nursing staff. (Pflege-Report 2019) This trend increasingly poses considerable challenges for the health care system and especially for nursing care. 

Various measures are necessary to mitigate these problems. One opportunity lies in the digitalization of care.

  • better networking of communication
  • easier collection and processing of information
  • better work organization
  • Reduction of physical stress
  • Use of mobile end devices enables mobile, agile work 
  • uniform information for all service providers directly and without loss of time
  • The nursing profession becomes more attractive through the use of IT and the employee can successfully apply IT competencies
  • electronic nursing documentation and electronic patient file
  • Telecare (pflegerische Versorgung aus der Ferne z.B. Emergency)
  • Technische Assistenzsystem / Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) z.B. Sicherheitssensoren
  • Robotik (Einsatz von Robotik, Mechatronik und Künstlicher Intelligenz in der Lebensgestaltung und Versorgung älterer Menschen)
  • Telematics infrastructure (integration of the care facilities into the TI)
  • Promotion according to the nursing staff reinforcement law 
    Bis 2021 stellt die Pflegeversicherung Fördermittel zur Entlastung der Pflegekräfte für Digitalisierungsprojekte zur Verfügung. Ambulante und vollstationäre Pflegeeinrichtung erhalten einen einmaligen Zuschuss für digitale Anwendungen, die insbesondere das interne Qualitätsmanagement, die Erhebung von Qualitätsindikatoren, die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Ärzten und vollstationären Pflegeeinrichtungen sowie die dazugehörigen Aus-, Fort- und Weiterbildung in der Altenpflege betreffen.

    Up to 40 percent of the costs for digital or technical equipment and associated training are covered for each care facility. A maximum one-off grant of 12,000 euros is possible. This can also be distributed over several measures. 

  • Digital Now
    Das „Digital Now“-Förderprogramm des BMWi unterstützt mittelständische Unternehmen (3 – 499 Beschäftigte) aus allen Branchen beim Ausbau ihrer Digitalisierung.

    Eligible investments are investments in hardware and software, e.g. the introduction of an intranet or the introduction of WLAN and smartphones for mobile care documentation and improved internal communication and collaboration. Up to 70% of the project costs are subsidized, with a maximum of €50,000.

  • BIG Digital
    Das Förderprogramm ist speziell für kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen (KMU) der gewerblichen Wirtschaft, inklusive Handwerk  mit einem 
    business location or a permanent establishment in the state of Brandenburg.

    This supports companies in getting fit for the digital age. It consists of three modules: consulting, implementation and training.

  • Others
    There are numerous other digitization funding programs from different providers and with different orientations. In addition, there are currently many "corona-related" funding programs in the individual German states.

    We are happy to support you in finding the right funding program.

Investment in the future

If you are also facing similar challenges in your care facility, you are welcome to contact us.