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Establishment and evaluation of "TeleCare"

Introduction of digital interprofessional ward rounds between the nursing service, GP practice and patient to improve care and patient safety

Internationally, digital methods have already been used successfully for many years to ensure comprehensive healthcare - especially in countries with sparse population and large rural areas (e.g. Australia, Canada, USA). In these countries, data and images are regularly transmitted by caregivers from the home to the general practitioner's or specialist's office for progress monitoring, therapy determination, prescription of remedies, or even diagnostic clarification. In addition to the data transfer, there is also virtual exchange between the nurse, family doctor and relatives on the current state of health of the patient, as well as a discussion of further nursing and medical therapy, similar to a visit in a clinical setting.

In Germany, the exchange of patient-related data has so far taken place primarily between physicians (e.g., primary care physicians and specialists) and hospitals via digital media. Digital exchange of information of any kind between nursing services and general practitioners does not usually take place. The goal of the TeleCare project is therefore to improve the healthcare of patients in home care by establishing an interprofessional digital visit, with the active involvement of nursing services and family doctors.

  • Lack of interprofessional digital exchange The digital exchange of patient-related data between nursing services and general practitioners is currently rare in Germany.
  • Digital doctor's appointments Establishing digital doctor's appointments will allow for data exchange and virtual exchange between doctor, nursing staff and relatives on patient progress and therapy required.
  • Improved care and patient safety The goal is to improve the healthcare of patients in home care by actively involving nursing services and family doctors via digital media.

Project partners

  • Furtwangen University, Care & Technology Lab
  • University Hospital Tübingen, Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing Science
  • University Hospital Tübingen, Institut für Allgemeinmedizin und Interprofessionelle Versorgung
  • Esslingen University, Faculty of Social Work, Education and Nursing Sciences


The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs as part of the digital@BWII funding programme.


  • TeleCare (I60)

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Your key contact

  •  Prof. Dr. Peter König
    Prof. Dr. Peter König Professor for Nursing and Rehabilitation Management
    Member of Board of Directors Care and Technology Lab
    Head of Multiprofessional Skills Lab