With about 10,000 employees, the UKE is the third-largest employer in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. About 2,400 of them are medical specialists and researchers, while more than 3,100 work as nurses and
therapists. Together with its University Heart Center Hamburg and the Martini Clinic, the UKE has more than 1,730 beds.
As the first university clinic in Europe, the UKE has introduced a hospital-wide electronic patient file facilitating a paperless clinical routine. In 2011, the UKE was certified as the first fully digital hospital in Europe. Also, the UKE is the only German hospital where the entire information network of the electronic patient file has been inspected and certified by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in accordance with IT baseline protection – for its handling of confidential patient information according to the highest standards.
Centrally stored data may be accessed at any time and from any place in the clinic by doctors, therapists, and nurses involved in the treatment process via a strictly regulated and certified security system. Thus, the patient file is available wherever our patient is to be cared for.
Also, prescriptions of medication and their documentation are performed completely paperless thanks to the electronic patient file. Every day, the computer-controlled system packages 12,000 individual doses of medication for patients into bags at the clinic’s pharmacy. At the ward, the nurse administers the drugs only after checking the patient bracelet – ensuring a maximum degree of patient safety.
The international IT-Awards is given to companies with high technology standard after extensive examination. No other hospital has achieved this award before.