At the institute we combine teaching with application-oriented research projects. The projects ICT for Health und PrimCareIT are so-called flagship projects as part of the European strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. These and the other projects listed below, some of which FUAS is the lead partner for, represent innovation of technologies in eHealth. The institute’s professors encourage students (especially those of the master’s programme) to get involved in these projects.
Current prevention measures are often ineffective, since the methods are not tailored to specific user needs. In BaltCityPrevention 14 partners from 7 countries will test a more participatory and user-oriented approach to develop and implement prevention and health promotion interventions.
New technologies will be employed in the planning procedures and also as innovative tools for prevention purposes. The participation of the users and the co-creation process are key elements of this new intervention model. The prevention interventions are offered by public health authorities (e.g. health care and social departments in municipalities) and address people with different health issue.
- Duration: 2017 until 2020
- Website: www.baltcityprevention.eu
The project DEMANTEC (“dementia and innovative technologies in nursing homes”) is an Interreg5a project. It is dedicated to the topic of dementia and care of people with dementia at different levels.
On the one hand, it is about the use of technological products in the care, on the other hand about the integration of these developments continuing education and education of the nursing staff to counteract against the professional force lack in nursing occupations on both sides of the German Danish border. Leadpartner of the project is the University of Applied Sciences Flensburg.
Kick-Off Conference “Dementia – nursing homes and care technologies for citizens living with dementia”, on June 21st 2016 in Apenraa, Denmark
Innovative small and medium-sized enterprises from the entire Baltic Sea Region in the field of Healthcare and investors.
Duration: until 2020
Funding by the Ministry of Science of Schleswig-Holstein until 2018. A new platform for establishing a leading role of Schleswig-Holstein in the field of eHealth in the Baltic Sea Region.
eHealth Innovation Market 2016 at the University of Applied Sciences Flensburg
Innovative small and medium-sized enterprises from the entire Baltic Sea Region in the field of eHealth and investors.
Duration: until 2018
Website: Baltic Sea Campus on eHealth
The German-Danish eHealth Innovation Centre aims to make eHealth solutions accessible and usable for health care providers working on both sides of the border and to make market entry easier for local companies in the Health Care IT industry. This is to be achieved chiefly through know-how transfer in the health care industry across borders. Among the tools to create and promote this cooperation between companies are a German-Danish Health Care IT knowledge and skills database and bilingual eHealth applications.
The project is led by Prof. Dr. Bosco Lehr and was presented with the German-Danish Innovation Award in 2014.
The eHealth for Regions network connects experts from the health and IT industry to explore new paths in cross-border health care. eHealth is a major engine for international cooperation in health care and one of the crucial pillars the European strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is footed on.
Currently the eHealth for Regions network is made up of partners from the Baltic States Denmark, Germany, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden. The network aims to jointly carry out projects to apply information and communication technologies in health care, promote communication and the sharing of experiences and by doing so increase awareness about and acceptance of eHealth.
The project’s management secretariat was established at FUAS in 2008. As part of the EU’s Baltic Sea Region strategy, the eHealth for Regions network is officially commissioned with the dissemination of eHealth in the Baltic Sea Region.
There are two flagship projects connected to the network: ICT for Health and PrimCareIT. In June 2012 the network was given the status of an Associated Expert Group within the NDPHS (Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being) giving it a prominent position in the Baltic Sea Region. The network’s contact and lead person is Prof. Dr. Roland Trill.
- Duration: Ongoing
- Website: www.ehealthforregions.net
As a project partner of the EU INTERREG IVB flagship project „PrimCareIT“ which started in January 2012, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) along with 16 other project partners from 6 countries in the Baltic Sea Region has developed strategies and eHealth solutions to guarantee the provision of primary health care in rural areas. PrimCareIT aims to fight the brain drain caused by doctors and medical professionals leaving rural areas for metropolitan areas. Highly qualified health care professionals working in remote or rural areas often feel isolated or at a disadvantage professionally. A lot of them move to the big cities or even other countries for this reason. By connecting these highly qualified professionals with the help of IT, PrimCareIT wants to raise the attractiveness of rural areas again and ensure the provision of primary health care for the people living in these areas. Medical experts should be able to communicate with each other and constantly expand their knowledge by the means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring independently of where they are based.
The project’s lead partner is the South Ostrobothnia Health Care District in Finland. Other project partners, aside from FUAS, are institutions and organisations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Belarus. The project has an overall budget of 2.56 million euros and receives funds through the EU’s INTERREG IVB Baltic Sea Region programme.
- Duration: 2011- 2014
- Website: www.primcareit.net
The promotion of healthy ageing in a healthy region is the overall aim of the Interreg project Healthy Ageing Network of Competences (HANC).
The structure of the HANC network is characterised by a speedy knowledge transfer to facilitate the development and commercialisation of products and services by HANC partners and make them available to local, regional and international markets. Other characteristics are the dynamic cross-sector cooperation and networking between the local stakeholders (from research, industry, health care, local authorities etc.).
- Duration: 2012 – 2014
- Website: www.interreg4a.de
The Gesundheitsportal Flensburg was established by eHealth master’s students for their region in 2011. This service (from the region – for the region, up to date information without advertising) is unique in Germany. The website lists all of the health services offered in Flensburg and groups them into the categories “Get healthy” and “Stay healthy”.
The platform aims to be an important source of information for the people in Flensburg. In the course of the previous semesters new offers such as “health care news”, information on reoccurring or one-time events as well as glossaries and check lists have been developed and added to the website. The number of services offered here will continue to grow as the Health Portal is part of the master’s programme’s curriculum each semester.
Further information that might get lost in the vast amounts of data available on the portal, are posted on the accompanying facebook page.
VAILLL is aimed at the management and employees of small and medium sized enterprise, job-seekers and students from universities and other institutions providing continuing education. VAILLL does not focus its efforts on one sector only but makes its classes and programmes available to all industries and sectors, this includes health care as well as industry and the skilled crafts and trades.
The “VAILLL – Virtual Academy for Innovative and Lifelong Learning“ project received EU funding and creates a multitude of opportunities in the field of web-based education for employees and business on both sides of the Danish-German border. The programmes developed and made available for the public included classes on entrepreneurship as well as the processing of aluminium and e-teaching classes on project management.
- Duration: P2010 – 2013
Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) was the lead partner for the “ICT for Health – Strengthening social capacities for the utilisation of eHealth technologies in the framework of an ageing population” project. The project was a flagship project within the European Baltic Sea Region strategy and as such was funded by the EU from 2010 until 2012.
Innovative eHealth solutions can help to improve communication and cooperation between patients and medical professionals (especially in rural areas). Their application can be especially useful to prevent and treat chronical diseases. If patients and doctors use means of electronic communication for example, the provision of health care in rural areas can be improved and made more cost efficient at the same time. Knowledge about eHealth and its acceptance among the public and medical professionals are not advanced enough, however.
The project, accordingly, promoted the creation of know-how and the increase of acceptance of eHealth technologies to prevent and treat illness. The project partners compared eHealth strategies from both national and regional levels as well as examples for best-practice and ultimately developed ways to transfer them to the participating regions.
Over the entire course of the project ICT for eHealth was characterised by a strong focus on application that involved all the eHealth stakeholders in the project – patients, medical professionals, stakeholders from health promotion, research, administration and politics and industry. This approach made it possible to develop online platforms such as https://vivaport.eu and http://www.ehealth4citizen.eu/ addressing the needs of the relevant target group.
19 partners from eight different countries from the Baltic Sea Region participated in the project.
- Duration: 2010 – 2012
FUAS is a founding member of Gesundheitsregion Nord (Health Region North, GRN) established in 2008. More than 60 health service providers and leading universities from the districts of Northern Frisia, Schleswig-Flensburg and the city of Flensburg joined this effort. The joint aim is to improve the provision of health care in the GRN even when skilled professionals are going to be rare and demographic change will impact the region in the future. Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) offers its expertise in eHealth and business to the network. Prof. Dr. Roland Trill, FUAS, was the First Chair of the Board from 2008 to 2013.
The project “Regionalmanagement Gesundheitswirtschaft NORD“ now has become a society.