Care Innovations in the Healthcare Sector

Work fields of the iso-Institutes - Current & completed projects

The health and social sector has been exposed to diverse and dynamic developments for many decades. Therefore, questions for the appropriate health and care provision for citizens or their social integration have to be posed and answered anew. This is primarily the task of stakeholders in health and social policy, and at the same time, service providers of different branches are striving to adapt their organisational structures and practical approaches to new social needs with a constant effort to innovate. In order to find sustainable solutions for the future, both stakeholders with political responsibility and the providers of help and support services depend on scientific expertise.

This is our area of expertise. The iso-Institute boasts an expertise of over 30 years in research and design projects. Our R&D in this field are aimed at practitioners and we also support and accompany managers, project leaders and employees in the development and implementation of sustainable innovative and creative solutions. Beside this, we provide addressees from politics with planning and decision-making instruments that will help them to promote care concepts (e.g. cross-sectoral approaches) and strategic interventions based on scientifically founded results.

Methodologically, our research area is oriented towards the respective requirements of the specific projects. The quantitative evaluation of effectiveness is a central task in many of our projects, whereby we do not exclusively evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of specific funding measures and programmes, but we also use quantitative evaluation as an instrument to assure quality management and to enable organisational development. Furthermore, qualitative evaluation is among others performed in structural and process analyses of innovative projects, through which transferable concepts for action are developed. Beside studies and scientific accompanying research, we also carry out process and organisational consultations.             

Current Projects

  • The Analysis of Accessibility in Bavarian Hospitals

    Laufzeit: Dezember 2020 – März 2022
    „Vorhaben zur Analyse der Barrierefreiheit an bayerischen Krankenhäusern“

    The aim of this project under the lead management of East Bavarian Technical University Amberg-Weiden is to make an assessment of the implementation of accessibility in Bavarian hospitals. In order to meet the complex requirements, the project is an interdisciplinary cooperation of experts from different fields: architecture, social science and medical technology. The final objective is to provide recommendations for action for the design of barrier-free hospitals.

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  • Scientific and Professional Support of Model Measures for Improvements in Long-Term Care

    Laufzeit: Oktober 2017 – September 2022
    Wissenschaftlich-fachliche Begleitung der Modell- und Informationsmaßnahmen zur Verbesserung der Versorgung Pflegebedürftiger

    The aim of this model programme of the German Federal Ministry of Health is to promote the further development of the German Nursing Care Insurance. It is intended to expand the range of services (including special target groups), to improve the quality of existing services, to enable the use of services and to implement a new definition of the nursing care.

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  • Further Development and Expansion of a Social Space-oriented, Integrative Care Structure for Elderly People and People in Need of Care in Saarbrücken-Brebach" in the Model Programme SGB XI § 45 c para. 5

    Laufzeit: September 2019 – August 2022
    Weiterentwicklung und Ausbau einer sozialraumorientierten, integrativen Versorgungsstruktur für alte und pflegebedürftige Menschen in Saarbrücken-Brebach“ im Modellprogramm SGB XI § 45 c Abs. 5

    With the project "Further Development and Expansion of a Social Space-oriented, Integrative Care Structure for Elderly People and People in Need of Care in Saarbrücken-Brebach" in the Model Programme SGB XI § 45 c para. , Diakonie Saar is pursuing the goal of making low-threshold care and relief services more accessible to people in need of care and in their immediate living environment. The focus is on securing self-determined living in a familiar environment - also in the case of need for care - as well as relieving the burden on caring relatives.

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  • Supporting Digital Care Processes for the Design of Good Interaction Work (ProDigA)

    Laufzeit: April 2020 – März 2023
    Versorgungsprozesse digital unterstützen für die Gestaltung guter Interaktionsarbeit (ProDigA)

    High-quality care for people with complex neurological diseases, such as stroke or multiple sclerosis, is characterised by intensive exchange between the patient and the service providers involved in the care process. Physical and mental limitations, which can change constantly during the course of the disease, require continuous adaptation of the aids and remedies, the vital medications as well as therapeutic offers and household-related services.

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  • Sektorenübergreifender Einsatz gewohnter Betreuungskräfte für Demenzkranke (SEBDem)

    Laufzeit: Laufendes Projekt: Dezember 2021 - Mai 2022
    Sektorenübergreifender Einsatz gewohnter Betreuungskräfte für Demenzkranke (SEBDem)

    Demenzkranke haben einen hohen Bedarf an Betreuung, Beaufsichtigung und Tagesstrukturierung. Auf diese Bedarfslage hat der Gesetzgeber im SGB XI mit der Finanzierung von Betreuungsangeboten reagiert. Wenn sich Demenzkranke einem Krankenhausaufenthalt unterziehen müssen und sich damit in den gesetzlichen Regelungskreis des SGB V begeben, können sie derzeit jedoch noch keine Betreuungsangebote nutzen.

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  • Process Support in the Project "Hospice and Palliative Culture in Catholic Institutions and Services"

    Laufzeit: Februar 2020 – Juni 2022
    Prozessbegleitung im Projekt „Hospiz- und Palliativkultur in katholischen Einrichtungen und Diensten“

    The present pilot project aims to further develop the hospice and palliative culture in Catholic Institutions and Services. To this end, cross-sectoral networks are being established in the regions of Saarbrücken and St. Wendel. Within the framework of the project, a jointly developed basic instrument that is designed to identify hospice and palliative needs of seriously ill and dying people and which is to enable coordinated cooperation with all those involved in the care system is to be implemented. Furthermore, the goal of this project is to establish a common hospice-palliative understanding.

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  • PfleMeO: Pflegeeinrichtungen – Mental ermunternde Organisationen

    Laufzeit: Juni 2022 - Oktober 2024
    PfleMeO: Pflegeeinrichtungen - Mental ermunternde Organisationen

    PfleMeO: Pflegeeinrichtungen - Mental ermunternde Organisationen

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  • PerHeart: Personalized ICT solution to reduce re-hospitalization rates in heart failure elderly patients

    Laufzeit: September 2020 – August 2023
    PerHeart: Personalized ICT solution to reduce re-hospitalization rates in heart failure elderly patients

    Herzinsuffizienz (HI) ist die häufigste Einzeldiagnose für Klinikeinweisungen und gehört zu den häufigsten Todesursachen. Die Mehrheit der Erkrankten ist älter als 65 Jahre, wobei die demografische Entwicklung und die verbesserten Überlebenschancen bei kardiovaskulären Erkrankungen die Bedeutung der Herzinsuffizienz als Belastung des Gesundheitssystems künftig noch verstärken wird. Hinzu kommt eine sehr hohe Rate von Wiedereinweisungen (Rehospitalisierung) dieser Patient*innen. Die Verringerung von Wiedereinweisungen zur stationären Behandlung ist demnach eine wichtige Aufgabe zur Entlastung des Gesundheitssystems. Hier setzt das europäische Projekt PerHeart an: Durch den Einsatz von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT) soll die Gesundheitsversorgung von HI-Patienten nachweislich verbessert und die Rehospitalisierungsrate der Betroffenen signifikant verringert werden.

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  • AI-at-Home – Artificial Intelligence at Home

    Laufzeit: Dezember 2020 – November 2022

    The aim of the present project is to develop a self-learning system for an age-appropriate living that will be able to predict the individual probability of incidents – in particular dangerous situations – by means of Algorithms of Artificial Intelligence (AI Algorithms). These incidents include dementia or depression, increased risk of falling and acute complaints. For this purpose, thanks to data mining, predictors can be identified that will make individual predictions of incidents possible with help of adaptive models. That in turn will enable elderly people or their relatives to be warned at an early stage.

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  • Evaluation of the "Programme to Improve the Life of People with Dementia" (PORTICUS)

    Laufzeit: April 2019 – Mai 2022
    Evaluation zum “Programme to Improve the Life of People with Dementia” (PORTICUS)

    Dealing with dementia patients is still primarily characterised by repression, taboo, and a lack of knowledge. Porticus has supported projects within the framework of a programme that aims to address this dilemma and that show ways in which society can be made more dementia sensitive. The focus is on people with dementia and their relatives, the general population and professional groups working with dementia patients. The projects work on different objectives and use different methods.

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  • Evaluation of the Federal Programme “Local Alliances for People with Dementia“

    Laufzeit: September 2021 - Dezember 2024
    Evaluation des Bundesprogramms „Lokale Allianzen für Menschen mit Demenz“

    The topic of dementia is increasingly moving into the focus of the general public hence more and more people are directly or indirectly affected by the disease. Considering the decreasing resources on one hand and the time-consuming care of people with dementia on the other hand, an optimisation of the networking of informal as well as professional help is coming into focus. Significant impulses for innovation are expected through a creative linking of such assistance and by promoting cooperation between professionals, relatives and laypersons.

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  • Survey on the Situation of Outpatient Care Services in the Saarland

    Laufzeit: Mai 2021 - September 2021
    Erhebung zur Situation der ambulanten Pflegedienste im Saarland

    Providing care for care-dependent people is a major challenge. Outpatient nursing care services play a decisive role in ensuring an appropriate care for people in need of assistance in their own homes. However, since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, the work of outpatient nursing care services has become much more complicated. In order to get an overview of the current situation of the outpatient nursing care services in Saarland, the iso-Institut is conducting a survey on behalf of the Arbeitskammer des Saarlandes (Saarland Chamber of Labour) and the Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di) (United Services Union).

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Completed Projects





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