The University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) is to receive EUR 36 million in funds for everyday management i.e. grants for research and teaching as well as an additional EUR 20 million per annum for investments, the Ministry of Science, Research and Equal Opportunities said Wednesday (June 20, 2018). The funds will go towards medical and dental studies, digitalisation, cutting-edge equipment and technical facilities for research as well as overhauling the infrastructure.
Digitalisation in hospitals
UKE’s services are cost-intensive and require a strong, modern infrastructure, e.g. specialised laboratory diagnostics and imaging with the latest, large-scale medical equipment. The approved funds will allow UKE to maintain and expand these standards. At the same time, UKE places special emphasis on training and further educating physicians. The additional financial resources will go towards training smaller groups with improved care relations.
Leading centre of medicine
Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “All of Hamburg’s residents should receive the highest level of medical care when needed. The University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf is one of Europe’s leading centres of scientific medicine in many areas. The senate wants to promote the development of excellent research, teaching and health care in UKE and strengthen Hamburg as a health location.”
Digital patient files
In 2011, UKE became the first university hospital in Europe to introduce a comprehensive electronic patient file meaning the administration is now paperless. Doctors, therapists and nurses can access the centrally stored data at any time and anywhere in the hospital. This regulated and certified safety system can be upgraded in the coming years and expanded for telemedicine thanks to the increased funds, UKE said.
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