The Federal Association Managed Care (Bundesverband Managed Care e.V.) invited on 5 November 2019 to a symposium in Berlin with the focus on patient guides in the health care system. As part of the PostStroke-Manager project, two coworkers of the project were able to participate in the interesting conference, they made new contacts and generated further impulses for their future work. Of particular interest were topics such as the integration of guides into the daily routine of care, potential financing options and the development of digital communication structures and corresponding mobile application software. In addition, the participation of the German Stroke Assistance Foundation (Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe) with its stroke-pilots was positively perceived. This clarified the significance of stroke-pilots in the care system in the context of the massive difficulties faced by stroke-patients after discharge from acute care.
The Clinic and Polyclinic for Neurology of the University Hospital Leipzig (UKL) invited to an information event on October 29, 2019 on the occasion of the World Stroke Day. Project investigator of the project PostStroke-Manager and senior physician of the stroke unit Prof. Dominik Michalski informed about the main topics of pre- and aftercare. With the support of the German Stroke Assistance Foundation (Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe), an information stand was prepared for the prevention of the disease, where information was provided to the interested public by the stroke-pilots working in the project. This year’s motto “Every step counts” prompted the German Stroke Assistance Foundation to also provide pedagogic material in addition to information on the topics of exercise, high blood pressure, nutrition and smoking cessation. We thank all interested parties for participating in the event and the lively exchange.
October 29 is the world stroke day. Therefore the Universitätsklinikum Leipzig invites everyone to an informational presentation about the prevention and aftercare of the disease. Additionally afterwards experts provide answers to any arising questions.
Further information about the event can be found in German at the website of the Universiätsklinikum Leipzig (https://www.uniklinikum-leipzig.de/presse/Seiten/Pressemitteilung_6862.aspx).
In order to get to know the work as a stroke-pilot better and to be able to better assess the needs of patients who have had a stroke, the two pilot nurses of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Neurology have taken up their work. To this end, select patients of the stroke unit at the University Hospital Leipzig were included in the preliminary test program. The goal of the stroke-pilots is to offer advice and assistance to stroke patients in the first year after an acute incident and to facilitate the co-ordination of the post-stationary treatment.
In addition, the experience gained during the preliminary phase, which has now started, should serve as a further basis for the conceptual orientation of the patient app which is currently under development. „The requirements that emerge from the current co-supervision provide us with a realistic close-to-patient view of the necessities of support after a stroke. This information helps us to design the PostStroke Manager in a way that it can best meet the needs of our patients“, says project coordinator and senior physician Professor Dr. med. Dominik Michalski.
The German Stroke Foundation has been supporting our project from the start as associated partner. Thus we were very excited to meet and exchange ideas with our colleagues from the „StrokeOWL“ project – which is pioneering in the use of stroke-pilots.
Important points in this intellectual exchange were the experiences gained from already active stroke-pilots as well as an examination of difficulties and opportunities concerning the technical support of stroke-pilots. Furthermore scientific aspects regarding the study-evaluation and training of stroke-pilots could be discussed.
We want to thank the German Stroke Foundation and hope to meet them again soon in Leipzig!
On May 22nd, 2019 we gladly followed an invitation to the info session „Kopfsache“, which is held three times a year at the FAW (Fortbildungsakademie der Wirtschaft) in Leipzig. Declared aim of this networking event is the intellectual exchange amongst patients, medical care professionals and interested individuals involved in the care of people with acquired brain damage.
In the course of a short presentation we were given the opportunity to present the PostStroke-Manager project and to discuss some aspects with the audience. Furthermore we were able to connect with therapists and other care workers and to discuss a whole range of questions with affected patients, which in turn will help to make the PostStroke-Manager patient-oriented from the start.
We want to thank everyone who took part in the event. We learned a great deal from those questions, which will be directly integrated back into the conceptualisation of our system.
© University of Leipzig, photographer Christian Hüller
On Wednesday funding for the PostStroke-Manager project was officially granted by the regional government of Saxony. Barbara Kleptsch, the saxonian Minister of social affairs and consumer protection, personally handed over the funding certificate to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Galina Ivanova, project coordinator at the Interdisciplinary Competence Center Biomedical Data Science, and Prof. Dr. med. Dominik Michalski, coordinator at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Neurology at the University Hospital Leipzig. The approximately two million Euro of public funding will be invested in a long-term preventive care system for stroke patients. Further support for the PostStroke-Manager project came not only from the minister, but also from Prof. Dr. med. Joseph Claßen, director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Neurology, and Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Wolf Nürnberg, representative of the German Statutory Pension Insurance Scheme of middle Germany.