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GerNe Digital!

Geriatric Network Digital - Dortmund's cross-sector care with transparency and patient safety in geriatric care

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About the project

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With a population of around 600,000, Dortmund is one of the largest cities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Like many other cities in the Ruhr region, it has an above-average proportion of elderly, multimorbid and chronically ill patients who require geriatric care. Adequate geriatric treatment requires cross-sectoral interaction between all those involved in the care process. However, due to the separation of the sectors of outpatient and inpatient care as well as home care, these areas are organized and managed separately. This leads to disruptions in care, which can result in uncoordinated coexistence of indication-specific therapies with the consequence of overuse, underuse or misuse.

A large number of digital solutions currently exist. In NRW, several projects have already been implemented to implement an electronic case file (EFA) as a doctor-managed medical record, which is intended to ensure intersectoral networking in relation to specific medical cases and scenarios. The implementation of digitization strategies in nursing is still in its infancy. It is currently still mostly limited to the use of mobile devices, which improve work processes such as client management, care documentation, maintenance of patient files or route planning. The project initiative "PiQ - Care in the Neighborhood" represents an important first step, supporting the networking of all stakeholders in the neighborhood around people in need of care and their relatives.

Architecture of the systems to be networked in GerNe Digital

There are therefore currently at least two concepts that operate independently of each other - initiatives towards a doctor-led medical record on the one hand and projects relating to the digitalization of care including the home situation on the other, which, however, do not allow the exchange of information with the current state of the art. By linking the two worlds, the aim is to create a seamless information and process chain geared towards patients and their needs, which will lead to a significant improvement in the geriatric care process and thus increase the quality of life of elderly patients. This process requires a data protection concept that meets the legal requirements and special protection in the medical context for accessing and storing data.

NRW State Government, Ministry of Business Studies, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
European Regional Development Fund (EFRE.NRW, lead market competitions)

Funding program / Research program

OP EFRE NRW 2014 - 2020, lead market competitions

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Cooperation/project partners

  • Hüttenhospital gGmbH, Dortmund (consortium management);
  • https://www.huettenhospital.de/
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund, Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains (IDiAL); https://www.fh-dortmund.de
  • Rechenzentrum Volmarstein GmbH (RZV), Wetter; https://www.rzv.de/
  • Institute for Work and Technology (IAT), Gelsenkirchen; https://www.iat.eu/
  • Network of the Healthcare Industry in the Ruhr (MedEcon Ruhr), Bochum; https://medecon.ruhr/
  • Klinikum Dortmund gGmbH (KLINIKUMDO), Dortmund; https://www.klinikumdo.de/
  • Städt. Seniorenheime Dortmund gGmbH (SHDO), Dortmund; https://www.shdo.de/



Stein, M., Becker, M., Pelkmann, D., Rüsing, L., Wutzkowsky, J. and Böckmann, B. (2020)
Interoperability of record systems - linking a patient- and a provider-managed
provider-led intersectoral record. In 65th Annual Conference of the German
Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology e. V. (GMDS)

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Photo credits

  • Project GerNe Digital! | Project GerNe Digital!
  • Project GerNe Digital | Project GerNe Digital
  • NRW state government | NRW state government
  • European Union - European Regional Development Fund | European Union - European Regional Development Fund
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Matthias Kleinen
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Marcus Heine
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Matthias Kleinen
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Florian Freimuth

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