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Telemedicine for nursing needs MUT

2021-02-09

Telemedicine for care needs MUT

Over the past six months, MUT has succeeded in integrating telemedicine solutions such as televisits into the workflows of doctors' practices and nursing homes.

To discuss the results of the first funding phase of the MUT project with stakeholders from the practice, the municipality and the state, a digital exchange of experience took place on 20 January 2021. In addition to the project team and the pilot and cooperation partners of the project, participants included the Federal Ministry of Health, representatives of the KVBB and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection of the State of Brandenburg (MSGIV).

Mrs Friederike Botzenhardt, Head of Department 513 at the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) presented the initiative "Zukunftsregion Digitale Gesundheit" (Digital Health Region of the Future) in this round, which has been promoting model projects since 2019 in addition to the testing of digital care services in order to gain insights into the acceptance, feasibility and opportunities of digital care services. One of the two ongoing projects of this initiative is the MUT pilot project.

The outcome of the exchange of experiences was positive throughout. Ms Katrin Weinert, the home manager of the pilot nursing home in Luckau, assessed the project as "definitely ... worthy of support". worthy of support". Two of the participating doctors, Dr Johanna Lemke and Dr Mario Barth, who were able to conduct some nursing rounds via video consultation under Corona conditions, see clear progress in the technology. They want to stay with it and continue testing, because digital nursing rounds are possible in many cases. In the initial phase, it was necessary to have the corresponding briefings and many discussions with patients and nursing staff in order to clarify legal questions and procedures, but this initial additional effort was indispensable for acceptance. "Later on, the faxing of medication lists will hopefully be eliminated," said Dr Lemke. Technically, the access to the nursing documentation system for the doctors has already been provided by the MUT project team and is currently being integrated into everyday practice. All in all, telemedicine cannot replace direct visits to patients in many cases, of course, but it does mean a noticeable time saving for simpler diagnoses. The elimination of travel times and faster care for more patients leads to an improvement in the quality of medical care.

With MUT, "a new door has been opened for digitalisation", said Gerald Lehmann, the mayor of Luckau. Like many other speakers at the event, including Mr Alexander Erbert, the head of the social affairs department of the district of Oberspreewald-Lausitz, he hoped for the sustainable success of telemedicine in rural regions. For this reason, he emphasised, his district is "very happy" to accompany the project developers and makers on site. He sees the need for a continuation and expansion of the project. With projects like MUT and the "Pact for Care", the state of Brandenburg is already moving in the right direction.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas P. Zahn, overall project manager and head of the research institute at bbw University of Applied Sciences, is convinced that this was just the beginning. To be able to use the experience in other regions, he says, a growing modern digital infrastructure is needed above all - especially in smaller villages and care facilities. If internet and technology are available or older homes are retrofitted, he is convinced, telemedicine can make everyday care easier. The concepts developed during the project are therefore to be rolled out nationwide in the future. He said that what is still an isolated solution today could develop the necessary power for state-wide and nation-wide solutions mainly because the regional actors were involved in the development of these. Here, a common idea was developed and implemented with a large number of local partners.

The close cooperation of the project team with the state, municipalities, doctors' practices and nursing homes was crucial to the success of the project in its first phase. The concrete experiences of all those involved are now particularly important for the further development of the project. In order to transfer the concepts developed in the MUT project to other regions, he said, it is crucial that the right partners and actors are found to "pick up the ball and keep playing".

More info about the MUT project can be found in the bbw University Research Report 2018-19: www.bbw-hochschule.de/media/de/bbw-forschungsbericht-2018-2019.pdf
And here you will find the link to the MUT portal: www.mut-zdg.de
More information about the research activities and projects of bbw University of Applied Sciences: www.bbw-hochschule.de/research.html

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