The close correlation between business aspects and the health industry were what attracted me most and ultimately why I chose to major in hospital management. I feel excellently prepared for the tasks my future job will bring thanks to my studies. I can’t wait to apply all that I have learned in real life now.
Dr. Andreas Tecklenburg, Member of the President’s Office responsible for the Division for Patient Care at Hannover Medical School
eHealth in the German health sector:
The German society is turning into a society of the elderly. There are more and more older people who need health care. In particular, health care will increasingly have to focus on chronical diseases. These diseases call for patients and service providers (doctors, hospitals, physical therapists etc.) to continuously stay in touch. The technical possibilities and modern means of communication provided by electronic health (eHealth) make it possible for patients and their therapists to continue treatment even in between those points in the therapy when face-to-face meetings are absolutely necessary. So eHealth not only makes life easier and more comfortable, it enables an ageing society to maintain its mobility on the one hand and remain living in their home environment on the other. eHealth applications make it possible for doctors to check in on their patients even from afar (only if the patient gives their consent of course).
Another aspect is communication between the various service providers. Everyday life in today’s German health sector is full of `redundant examinations and tests, misunderstandings and a lack of information. Because budgets, motivation and incentives and the rules for acquiring licenses differ, the various parts of the health sector do not cooperate as well as they could. And while eHealth will not be able to solve each if these problems, it will certainly facilitate communication between the individual participants and it may introduce a new way of exchanging information with each other. Patients will benefit from the fact that their therapists are able to communicate with each other no matter which part of the health sector they belong to. And hopefully in the future the number of x-rays, lab results and diagnoses getting lost or having to be done more than once will decrease.
In order for eHealth to establish itself, we need specialists. These specialists need to understand the technical aspects as well as the health sector as a whole. Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) has once again recognised this development early on and offers their students an adequate degree programme.
It is an extremely valuable achievement for a university of applied sciences to be as innovative as this and to implement technological and societal developments in this manner. By doing so FUAS is rendering the additional service of qualifying people for the job market who will not only be able to provide new services but they will act as bridges between different groups of our society. These young people will be able to create an interface between a number of technological solutions.
What our students think:
There is an incredible potential in the health market. We have only just begun to use information technology and to connect the various systems and participants. I think my first degree in business informatics is the ideal basis to combine the technical knowledge I am acquiring in this master’s programme with.
For us students the master’s degree programme here at FUAS is the ideal preparation for our future careers in the health sector. I was able to add on to and expand the knowledge I had gained in my previous studies of Public Health with a major in health management during my studies here.
Also, I was able to acquire numerous skills in a number of subject fields including health economy, information management (Business Intelligence), mobile communication technology and quality management as well as project management. Because this programme puts such a great focus on application, because of how it connects the various fields and disciplines and because of the importance projects have, I think my master’s in eHealth was the best choice I could have made for my education and will give me a head start into a career on the “mega market” that is health.
Before I came to Flensburg, I had completed a dual degree programme “Bachelor of Nursing” in Berlin – meaning I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and had completed a professional education at the same time. I acquired a broad range of knowledge on the health sector there but once I actually started working in the field, I quickly realised how many things still need to change in the health sector and what great potential there is in the area of eHealth. The master’s degree programme eHealth enabled me to combine my medical knowledge with the innovations the future will bring and have an accurate idea about how likely they are to be realised. The combination of my two degrees turned out to be the perfect combination for a successful start on the job market for me.
After having completed a bachelor’s degree in “Health Communication” at Bielefeld University, I was particularly intrigued by the combination of business administration and information and communication technologies in health care – which is why I decided to enrol for the master’s programme “eHealth” in Flensburg. I think interlinking the individual players in the health sector by using information and communication technologies is not only a major chance but also a necessity to meet the changes and challenges the health sector is facing. The mix of theory and practice is what makes this programme so interesting while perfectly preparing us students for successful careers.
eHealth – just what the doctor ordered
Before enrolling for this master‘s degree I had studied business administration with a major in hospital management which I think is a great basis for starting a career in the health sector. The master’s degree programme “eHealth” then convinced me to continue studying for a further degree: the curriculum perfectly combines different subjects – the programme puts a great focus on application and is truly innovative offering plenty of possibilities for great careers. I feel very well prepared for the challenges the future of the health industry holds.