The Pflegeplatzmanager GmbH has concluded a framework agreement with the Baden-Württemberg Hospital Association (BWKG) on the use and joint further development of the “Pflegeplatzmanager”. All members of the BWKG (203 hospitals, 616 care facilities, including 92 outpatient care services and 42 facilities for the disabled, as well as 130 preventive care and rehabilitation facilities) are offered a web-based platform solution to support the placement and transfer process of patients with the Pflegeplatzmanager. This uniform technical solution enables targeted communication for discharge and transfer management in compliance with the law and contracts. The high time expenditure for the search for follow-up care is to be significantly reduced through the use of the nursing place manager.
The Care Place Manager completely dispenses with the use of scoring algorithms and relies on a neutral placement process. This means that user behaviour is not influenced. The decision about nursing care is also solely in the hands of the patient or his relatives. “The active implementation of the right of wish and choice is a matter close to our hearts.” explains Alexander Bauch, founder and managing director of Pflegeplatzmanager GmbH. “In addition, we strengthen fair competition among aftercare and continuing care providers, because they can use the platform to present their offers positively and receive all suitable requests with complete transparency and documentation of the admission and transfer management.”
The Care Place Manager can support facilities, patients and their relatives in finding the right care. Hospitals, as well as preventive care and rehabilitation facilities, are legally obliged to organise follow-up care for patients while they are still in their facilities by means of structured discharge management. The follow-up and further care providers such as nursing facilities or outpatient care services are faced with many requests due to the lack of care capacities, which they often have to turn down. The care place manager can help to shorten the search and significantly reduce the bureaucratic effort.
In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to find the right care provision and this situation will become even more acute in the coming years. This is because demographic developments in Germany mean that the number of elderly people is rising and thus the number of people in need of long-term care is also likely to increase. The task of organising the care of these people after they are discharged from hospital or rehab is thus becoming more extensive and more complex. The scarce professionals in all medical and nursing facilities therefore need technical, above all digital solutions for effective and efficient use of their time capacities. By using the communication platform Pflegeplatzmanager, social service staff can gain valuable time that they need for their work with patients.
By January 2020, all interested clinics, as well as aftercare and continuing care providers in Baden-Württemberg should be able to work with the platform. “The schedule is sporty. But we want to quickly convince the users of the advantages of the platform. In the next step, rehabilitation clinics and aid suppliers will also be actively integrated into the discharge and transfer management,” says Chris Schiller, also managing director and founder of Pflegeplatzmanager GmbH. With the support of a council of experts from participating clinics, care facilities and the BWKG, the functionality of Pflegeplatzmanager is being further developed in a user-friendly way. “For us as a start-up, the conclusion of the framework agreement means a great success,” Bauch and Schiller agree.
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Pflegeplatzmanager GmbH, founded in February 2018, is one of the most ambitious start-ups from Thuringia. The founders, Alexander Bauch and Chris Schiller, who were awarded the Thuringian Founders’ Prize for innovative business ideas, have been working on the business model since 2016 and are using it to professionalise the discharge management of hospitals, as well as the occupancy and admission management of secondary care providers in the event that the patient is in need of care. Together, the two founders can look back on 10 years of professional experience as facility managers in inpatient care facilities. Furthermore, the start-up received the Thuringian Innovation Award in 2018 and the German Digital Award 2019 in silver.
The company is on course for expansion. Work is carried out at the Greiz, Jena and Dresden locations and the team of employees has now grown significantly into the double-digit range.