Jan 19, 2015

TOP 10: Nursing Schools in Germany

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The Department of Nursing and Health at Münster University comes in at number seven on our list.
Germany remains to be a highly desired destination among international students, particularly regarding medicine and nursing. Beyond the U.S. and the...

Germany remains to be a highly desired destination among international students, particularly regarding medicine and nursing. Beyond the U.S. and the U.K, Germany boasts more of the world’s leading medical departments than any other country.

Studying nursing, and medicine in general, in Germany enjoys practical and high quality training and excellent reputation internationally.

Here are the top ten nursing schools in Germany based on research reputation, job market preparation, and overall study situation.

10. HS Bremen University of Applied Sciences  

Students with a nursing profession or health care profession background receive an education at Bremen that focuses on management and internationalism. The bachelor’s degree course has three separate research institutes that are successful in the market. Thus, students can become involved in the research settings of nurse care and health.

With technologically up-to-date equipment, the library of the course is also very comprehensive and part of the libraries of the state of Bremen.

9. Catholic University of Applied Sciences Mainz

Although a small university with a close-knit community, the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Mainz develops and implements innovative models.

There are two key areas of health research at the university: care for people with dementia-related illness, and staffing structures in care work. In terms of methodology, both qualitative and quantitative methods are applied as appropriate to the research issues. A dual bachelor’s course, partnerships with training institutions, interdisciplinary orientation and more are offered for students.

8. Lutheran University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg

Practitioners and theorists in the health care sector are convinced that science is needed to reflect the changing conditions of professional health services and to identify new solutions. The Lutheran University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg offers courses in gerontological ethics, applied gerontology, healthy and family-oriented personnel management, and innovative design of health care.

The key objective of the university is to advance nursing care through education and research partnerships in the region.

7. FH Münster University of Applied Sciences

The Department of Nursing and Health at Münster University offers a number of courses characterized by a high degree of cross-linking between theory and practice.

The courses offered by the department fit perfectly in the field of “Health - Life Sciences.” Embedded in the research focus on “Demographic Change” and the “Institute for Practice Development and Evaluation,” the department supplemented its courses to accomplish crucial (university-wide) profile features.

6. Alice Salomon HS Berlin

Health research, integrated quality and personnel management in nursing institutions, and research-based quality development to enhance quality of life and preventive capacities in residential groups of dependent elderly people in ambulatory care take place at ASH Berlin.

Management, the legal situation concerning health care institutions, research methods, health care sciences, health economics/business administration, quality management and tools, care consultation, colleagues and leadership, interdisciplinary approach, optional modules, and transfer to practice are some of the main study aspects.  

5. Catholic University of North Rhine-Westphalia

As an affiliated institute, the German Institute for Applied Nursing Research unites research activities of the department under one umbrella. The educational mission of the university is to contribute to the scientific development of nursing and to take into account the processes of change and new skills required in health and elderly care.

The Bachelor of Nursing Science is one of six courses in the Department of Public Health. With it, the Department continues the goal of training future nurses and midwives.

4. IMC FH Krems University of Applied Sciences

The focus of research in the Department of Health Sciences is in the areas of intervention research as well as stress and regulation of research. The Department of Health Sciences at IMC Krems is made as educational Bachelor degree courses of occupational therapy, midwifery, Music Therapy, Physical Therapy, Advanced Nursing Practice, health and nursing as well as the research-oriented Master's Degree in Music Therapy.

The common goal is to provide health-related posts with a view to possible long, active, pain-free and meaningful participation fulfilled by the single individual in social and democratic life.

3. HS Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Nursing courses offered at Osnabrück focus on a high reference to current scientific events and central theoretic issues oriented on professional practice. At the university, there is an  IT lab for advanced application, a microcomputer lab, central network services, a logistics lab and multi-media centre for digital media, computer workstations, digital instructional materials in each classroom, nursing informatics, a section for the nursing discipline in the library, learning environments with group work rooms for students, and WLAN work areas.

Osnabrück’s innovative character is demonstrated in the handling of issues in the nursing practice and integration in solution-oriented concepts with the character of innovation and responsibility.

2. HS Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

The nursing and health sciences are instrumental to the degree courses of Nursing/Nursing Management and Nursing Education at Esslingen. They are aligned with international knowledge while also simultaneously absorbing current national scientific and socio-political developments.

The professors of the faculty are active in research to a considerable extent, both in research and development projects as well as a large number of scientific publications. The Institute for Applied Health and Social Research (IAF) brings an essential part of these research activities, but there is also research outside of the IAF.

1. FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences

Founded in 1996, the Nursing and Health Department of FH Bielefeld is the youngest of the original eight departments and of the university.

Since September 2010, the teaching unit offers a dual bachelor's degree program at the study locations of Bielefeld and Minden in just four years vocational qualification. The bachelor's degree in Health and Medical Care is qualified to meet the challenges of present and future health care and provides the necessary practical and scientific knowledge to analyze processes to develop concepts and implement solutions. 

The course opens up many opportunities for individual career planning within the nursing profession but also offers an interesting and future-proof career choice. In addition, the bachelor’s program opens up great opportunities in the European and international labor market.

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Editor’s Note: To develop this list, Healthcare Global’s editorial team evaluated reputable ranking sources such as CHE University Ranking. 

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Dec 10, 2018

Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019

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Catherine Sturman
6 min
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We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

10. Telehealth

The telehealth market is booming. Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favouring digitally-led services. Providing clinical care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays has given patients greater control, boosting patient satisfaction and overall engagement. Such is its exponential growth, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the US has recently released its proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Programme updates for 2019, where telehealth services has been heavily featured, in order to deliver ‘different access points’ for patients.  

9. Mobile technology

Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools, where the use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today. Catering to this growing market, British based start-up Babylon Health is making waves on a global scale. Partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, it has also cemented its presence across the flourishing Chinese market, with a membership base exceeding 1.4mn citizens across Europe, Asia and Africa. By partnering with global juggernaut Tencent, Babylon’s artificial intelligence system has enabled both parties to interact directly with users, identify specific illnesses, deliver health status assessments, and triage necessary actions. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical facilities in China alone.

8. Artificial intelligence 

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications, such as predictive analytics for patient monitoring has provided significant financial savings. Applications that target hospitals and medical institutions include patient monitoring and transcribing notes for electronic health records (EHRs). The European Union is set to invest $24bn into artificial intelligence (AI) by 2020 in a bid to catch up with Asia and the US, who have invested heavily in AI and cloud services. This year, Google revealed its plans to harness AI and machine learning across a multitude of consumer technologies, particularly in healthcare. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.

7. Blockchain

Blockchain is estimated to reach over $5.61bn by the end of 2025, even though it remains dependent on the ability to record and store information conveniently, economically and securely amongst different applications and systems. Providing transparency and eliminating third-party intermediaries, processes are streamlined, reducing healthcare costs exponentially. Unlocking the ability for providers to deliver a value-based healthcare system and enhance patient engagement, blockchain could save the industry up to $100-$150bn per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, according to BIS Research. Partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, Viant sought to accelerate the pace of blockchain-based supply chain systems. Accenture and supply chain giant DHL have also developed a blockchain-based serialisation prototype which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer.

6. Health wearables

With the rise of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, more consumers are turning to health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity and sleep to gain a greater understanding of their health conditions. Following on from the release of the first Bluetooth headset back in 2000, the growing interest in wearables has seen monitoring our health and data become standardised. This data can be analysed by sophisticated algorithms to drive long-term diagnosis and support. Partnering with Google, health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.

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5. Electronic health records tools

From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organisations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. This is further exacerbated if a patient straddles both public and private healthcare. Technology giant Apple has integrated patients’ medical records into its Health App as part of its iOS 11.3 beta. The data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. Partnering with hospital providers and clinics, patients are now able to view their medical records from multiple providers within one platform. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health and even the Cleveland Clinic have implemented this technology.

4. Healthcare transportation 

Non-emergency health transportation remains a key issue worldwide, preventing patients from getting to or from a doctor’s appointment. 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled appointments due to lack of transportation, costing US health systems up to $150bn each year. Transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber have therefore entered the market by partnering with state governments to reduce these costs and deliver personalised patient care.

3. 3D Printing 

Healthcare providers are set to represent the second largest industry sector in 3D manufacturing. The Food & Drug Administration’s decision to release its first comprehensive framework advising manufacturers of 3D medical products highlights its growing impact where more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed each year using 3D-printed, patient-matched surgical guides, for example. Through this process, surfaces and structures can be optimised for strength, weight and material use. Consultation between surgeons and patients has also been bolstered, where patients can better understand the complexity of his or her specific needs.

2. Genomics

As consumers get more involved in the management of their health, consumer genetics and research companies have grown in popularity and scale. People want to further understand their genetic makeup, leading personal genomics and biotech company 23andMe to become one of the largest consumer-based organisations worldwide. Interestingly, this year, the company has entered a four-year collaboration with GSK to develop new treatments, but using human genetics as the basis for discovery.

Not only looking to develop treatments by analysing human genetics, pharmaceutical companies are looking to even remove hereditary genes which pass diseases down generations. In 2017, human embryos were successfully ‘edited’ through gene editing tool, CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats), eradicating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy within 42 embryos.

1. Vertical integrations

As healthcare providers aim to provide greater transparency, promote collaboration and lower escalating patient costs, 2018 has been the year for a significant number of vertical integrations. CVS Health’s $68mn takeover of health insurer Aetna is a case in point. By influencing more of the supply chain, it will gain significant negotiating power to reduce costs for payers and patients, develop personalised solutions and improve overall outcomes. It will also promote the eradication of delays in process by removing any third parties within traditional business models. Other notable integrations are Optum’s acquisition of the DaVita Medical GroupHumana and Kindred Healthcare and Cigna and Express Scripts.

Reports have indicated that not only has the number of healthcare deals more than doubled in the last five years, the size of deals has also grown as a result of repeat investor interest, highlighting that this trend is here to stay.

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