No paper, no problem
The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf was the first clinic in Europe to introduce a hospital-wide electronic patient filing system, paving the way for paperless clinical procedures.
Since its foundation in 1889, the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) has been one of the leading clinics in Europe. In 2011 it lived up to its vanguard reputation when it became the first clinic in Europe to introduce a hospital-wide electronic patient file. By 2021, all patients in Germany are to have an electronic medical record, but implementation has been slow except at UKE: The hospital stores patient data centrally so it can be accessed anytime from anywhere in the hospital by doctors, therapists and nurses. Not only is treatment more efficient, but the prescription and documentation of medication is easier when it is automated and paperless. Thanks to the electronic patient file, a robotic system packages 12,000 individual doses of medication for patients at the clinic’s pharmacy each day. In the hospital ward, nurses check patients’ wristbands before administering the medication. That maximizes safety.