Automating Time-Consuming and Error-Prone Manual Nursing Management Documentation Processes

Haas O, Hutzler M, Egginger TH, Maier A, Rothgang E (2021)

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2021


Original Authors: Oliver Haas, Michaela Hutzler, Thomas H. Egginger, Andreas Maier, Eva Rothgang

Book Volume: Publish Ahead of Print

DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000790


A German regulation requires nursing managers to document patient-nurse ratios. They have to combine heterogeneous hospital data from different sources. Missing documentation or ratios that are too high lead to sanctions. Automated approaches are needed to accelerate the time-consuming and error-prone documentation process. A documentation and visualization system was implemented. The system allows nursing managers to quickly and automatically create the documentation required by the regulation. Interactive visualization dashboards assist with the analysis of patient and staff numbers. The developed method was effectively used in nursing management tasks. No changes to the information technology infrastructure were needed. The new process is around 35 hours per month faster and less error-prone. The documentation functionality automatically reads the required information and correctly calculates the documentation. The visualization functionality allows nursing managers to assess the current patient-nurse ratios before the documentation is submitted. The method scales to multiple wards and locations. It calculates the sanctions to expect and is easily updatable. The proposed method is expected to decrease nursing administration workloads and facilitate the analysis of nursing management data in a cost-effective way.

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Haas, O., Hutzler, M., Egginger, T.H., Maier, A., & Rothgang, E. (2021). Automating Time-Consuming and Error-Prone Manual Nursing Management Documentation Processes. CIN - Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Publish Ahead of Print.


Haas, Oliver, et al. "Automating Time-Consuming and Error-Prone Manual Nursing Management Documentation Processes." CIN - Computers, Informatics, Nursing Publish Ahead of Print (2021).

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