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Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 22-24, 2021 | Singapore

Iris Meyenburg Altwarg

Potential Speaker for Nursing Research Conferences 2021- Iris Meyenburg Altwarg
Iris Meyenburg Altwarg
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany
Title : Technological and digital innovation changes the nursing professionalism by maintaining human touch


Creating the Background for Change
Patient care has become a primary focus and leveraging the recent technological development in the clinical applications would certainly play a major role in future patient care and monitoring. This abstract describes some of the technological and digital innovative changes that enhance Nurse- Patient relationship and human touch as well through the availability of adequate time. Currently, health care professionals are working in an environment with higher physical overloads that leads to psychological stress. In addition, demographic changes and the massively growing shortage of specialists compel the demands for the use of new technologies to provide high quality care and most importantly patient safety.
Traditional Solutions
The traditional nursing process involves assessment, diagnosis, planning and outcomes, implementation, and evaluation. This routine and process is dictated solely by prescribed procedures and by the accomplishment of nursing tasks. Addressing improvement in nursing workflow is essential to improve nursing interventions and finding the right balance of information science in conjunction with nursing science is a key for success. Innovations in human-technology interaction can be used to support nursing professionals in inpatient and outpatient care, to improve the performance, patient stability, satisfaction, coping skills and mental stability.
Information Technology to Nurse (IT2Nurse)
This can be considered in 3 main categories:

  • Assistance of qualified personnel through innovative technologies: In particular, transport and service robots, lifting aids, intelligent sensors for beds and emotional robots, automated data transmission etc.
  • Replacement of skilled personnel by innovative technologies: Introduction of primary systems in closed loop in medication management like germs transmission reduction through fully automatic systems and UV light Robotic.
  • Process support and empowerment: From exit and fall prevention to sensor-controlled orientation lighting, standing aids and balance promotion.

Successful use of MTI (Machine Technology Innovation) – The Three Corner stones

Circulation of knowledge
Consistent interaction between stakeholders and circulation of knowledge in a triangle pattern (practice, research and education) enables an equal exchange of knowledge from different perspectives is required for an effective application orientation and possible acceptance.
Acceptance of technology
Through the use of technology, the nurse can become more familiar with people under their care. Nurses should learn how to adapt to advancing technology and how to supplement and enhance their skills. Combining artificial intelligence with the experience, knowledge, and critical thinking skills of nurses would result in making better clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making which improves patient care at lower costs.
Practical suitability and effectiveness
Artificial intelligence can also be used to automatically detect threats and problems related to patient safety. However, Compassion and Empathy are very difficult to model in machines. Human nurses can react to the unpredictable aspects of humanness, particularly including the emotional contexts of the situations.


Iris Meyenburg-Altwarg, cand. rer. biol. hum., Diplompflegewirtin, RN, EFQM Assessor, 
· Managing Director of Nursing at the “Medizinische Hochschule Hannover” (MHH)  and Managing Director of the Academy of Nursing Education at the MHH
· President of ENDA (European Nurse Directors Association) since 2009
· Visiting Professor at the Southern Medical University – Shenzhen Hospital (SMU-SHZ) 
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China  and Leader of the “Sanming Project” 2017-2021 at the SMU-SHZ
This project involves the development of Further Education in Midwifery, Intensive Care, Anaesthesia and Operation Theatre at Master Level (Curriculum & Implementation)
· Consultant – Nursing and Healthcare at home and abroad including Germany, China, Ukraine, Croatia and Turkey  and Ghana
· Expert Reviewer, since 2014, for the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) “Projects – Nursing and Technology”


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