7.1 million euros in financing for digitization

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Trier / Mainz. Prime Minister Malu Dreyer presented five notices of approval totaling € 7.1 million to the Brothers of Charity Hospital in Trier, according to the Mainz State Chancellery. Funds are provided 70% by the Federal Hospital Future Fund and 30% by state funds. Brothers Hospital will use them to implement projects in the areas of patient portals, digital documentation for care and treatment, digital decision support systems, digital drug management, as well as telemedical networks and robotics.

“In order for the doctors and nurses in our hospitals to help patients in the best possible way, they need modern equipment and working environments. With the hospital’s future fund, the federal government has created a funding instrument to create exactly this equipment and this working environment. In order for these important investments in our healthcare system to flow as quickly as possible, the state covers the remaining costs. In this way we are also pursuing digitization in hospitals in Rhineland-Palatinate, “he stressed. the Prime Minister and continued: “We are therefore continuing high-level hospital care so that patients can receive the care they need.”

“We would like to thank the state government, the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Science and Health and the Federal Social Security Office (BAS) for approving our funding applications submitted for the hospital’s future fund.” said Christian Weiskopf, regional director of the BBT Group, Trier region Hospital of the Brothers of Mercy Trier. “We are very pleased to now be able to further advance the digitization of our hospital’s processes and facilities thanks to this large amount of funding.specifically in the following areas: patient portal, hospital information system (HIS), clinical decision support systems, digital drug management and robotic systems, “says Weiskopf.

The hospital’s future fund now offers the opportunity to greatly accelerate the digital transformation in the healthcare system and significantly improve processes for the benefit of patients. “We would like to use the opportunity that you, dear Minister-President, personally hand over the funding notifications here in Trier today to present the project to you, using as an example a demo device, which can be implemented more quickly. As early as June, a da Vinci surgical system will be delivered as a robotic surgical system, which will then initially be used in our pediatric urology and urology department, for example in complex and minimally invasive procedures as part of prostate cancer treatment. Installation and commissioning are planned before the summer holidays, “explained Christian Weiskopf.

Thorsten Eich, Commercial Director of the Brothers Hospital in Trier and responsible for the implementation of the overall package of measures, added: “The digitization program offers our hospital enormous opportunities in terms of networking, process design, cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Particularly noteworthy are the introduction of a digital patient medical record along with a digital drug management process and patient-related drug delivery (via a so-called unit dose blistering machine). Our digitization projects are all aimed at improving patient care and safety. Furthermore, we create an attractive working environment for our doctors and nurses.

With the entry into force of the Hospital Future Act on October 29, 2020, the Hospital Future Fund was created to modernize hospitals. The fund comprises eleven different types of financing. Among other things, investments in modern emergency capabilities and improved digital infrastructure are supported, such as patient portals, electronic documentation of care and treatment services, digital drug management, cyber security measures and cross-sectoral telemedical network facilities. 70 percent of the measures are financed by federal funds. The federal government provides around 140 million euros for Rhineland-Palatinate. The state of Rhineland-Palatinate integrates this funding in full and thus provides around € 60 million for co-financing. As a result, Rhineland-Palatinate hospitals have no quotas of their own.

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