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Ute Karbach

Ute Karbach
University of Cologne | UOC · Institute of Medical Sociology, Health Services Research, and Rehabilitation Science (IMVR)

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Ute Karbach knows the daily routine in hospitals from her years of professional experience as a nurse. As a healthcare researcher, she is particularly interested in the development and implementation of innovative healthcare concepts.
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July 2009 - present
University of Cologne
  • Head of Department Health Services Research


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Projects (6)
More and more hospitals are using electronic instead of paper-based patient records. By using an electronic patient record (EPR), health data can be stored, retrieved and modified on digital media and workflows should be simplified. The results of the study will enhance the knowledge about the changes in collaboration and clinical workflows which have to be regarded when implementing EPR. Based on the qualitative and quantitative data, a manual with recommendations for the introduction of electronic patient records in hospitals will be prepared. Research questions: The aim of the study is to uncover the social consequences of the EPR on interprofessional collaboration. In addition, the study examines to what extent EPR has an impact on clinical workflows with regard to central dimensions such as total workflow time or number of process steps. For further information see: https://www.imvr.de/en/research/#ecoco (English) https://ecoco.uni-koeln.de/ (German)
AdAM “Application for a Digitally Supported Pharmacotherapy Management System” (AdAM project—original German acronym for the project) is a project funded by the Innovation Fund of the German Federal Joint Committee (grant no 01NVF16006). In the setting of outpatient care by general practitioners (GP), a digitally supported and evidence-based clinical decision support system (CDSS) for polypharmacy management was implemented in the project AdAM. The AdAM efficacy study is a stepped-wedge cluster-randomized controlled trial (cRCT) with open cohorts conducted in general practices in the German region of Westphalia-Lippe from 2017 to 2021, accompanied by a process evaluation study. The intervention contains a specially developed software, which offers physicians digital support to improve the quality, safety and coordination of pharmacotherapy and healthcare management. - The Institute of Medical Sociology, Health Services Research, and Rehabilitation Science of the University of Cologne will conduct the formative evaluation of the new AdAM form of healthcare, thus presenting which factors conducive and restrictive to implementation may be observed in the application of this digitally supported pharmacotherapy management from the perspective of participating primary care physicians.