“TruDi” is touring through Bavaria! Institutions in the Bavarian social economy can now apply for a very special on-site visit: Starting in February 2022, the Institute for Information Systems (iisys) at Hof University of Applied Sciences will visit interested institutions with a truck for digitization, or “TruDi” for short, in order to specifically introduce employees to new technologies and relieving application possibilities for their professional practice. Hof University of Applied Sciences is a partner in the project “pulsnetz.de – gesund arbeiten” (pulsnetz KI), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) as part of the “Future Centers AI” program.
Shortage of skilled workers, high fluctuation, heavy physical and psychological workload of employees with a simultaneous increase in people in need of care and assistance – these are the currently aggravating challenges of the social economy.
Using the potentials of artificial intelligence
“But only healthy employees can care for, nurture and support people in need of help. Healthy working is therefore of importance to society as a whole.
The potentials of digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have so far been little used in this context – we want to change that!”Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff
The potentials of digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have so far been little used – we want to change that,” says Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff, vice president of teaching at Hof University of Applied Sciences and head of the research group “Innovative Healthcare” at iisys. And further: “pulsnetz KI aims to relieve and strengthen employees in the social economy through digital and AI-supported applications. They learn and test how to use these new technologies, develop competencies and confidence in them.”
The TruDi Roadshow – free of charge and flexible to use
In order to demonstrate the new technology as efficiently as possible on site and make it tangible, a truck will visit interested institutions starting in February 2022 – completely free of charge. The “TruDi Roadshow” offers the opportunity to get to know modern technologies for everyday work and to try them out for yourself. Together with experts from the research group “Innovative Health Care” at Hof University of Applied Sciences, up to six nursing staff, educators, etc. try out the technologies in practice. In parallel, the staff of the Hof University of Applied Sciences helps to develop ideas for their use in everyday work in the respective institution. In an introductory and a final workshop of 90 minutes each, the topics are deepened for all participants. “Six hours are planned for the day with TruDi. In the preliminary discussion with us, we agree on how to use this time as sensibly as possible in terms of the facility. Splitting it over several days is also possible in principle,” says Prof. Dr. Wolff.
Examples of innovative technologies
The range of technology presented is immense: for example, exoskeletons can be used to try out the healthiest carrying and lifting techniques. A sensory floor reports falls, and a software-controlled, health-oriented duty roster design will also be presented. Similarly, virtual reality goggles that can entertain, distract or relax patients during a procedure can be tried. An equally available interactive table projection encourages children or residents of a care facility to move and communicate with each other. And that’s far from all that “TruDi” has on board.
Interested institutions in the social economy can now register here for the roadshow and workshops. The offer is free of charge.
About “pulsnetz.de – healthy work”:
The Regional Future Center KI “pulsnetz.de – gesund arbeiten” (pulsnetz KI) aims to make employees in the social economy fit for the working world of tomorrow. The goal is to relieve and strengthen employees through digital and AI-supported applications. Hof University of Applied Sciences is also involved in the project with the newly founded research group “Innovative Health Care” at the Institute for Information Systems (iisys). Under the project management of the Diakonisches Werk Baden, ten organizations are cooperating for a successful implementation of the project. The target groups of the project and the workshops & truck show are caregivers, educators, social counselors and the corresponding managers. A total of three “Trucks of Digitalization” are traveling through 4 German states: Berlin & North Rhine-Westphalia (Contec GmbH), Bavaria (Hof University of Applied Sciences) and Baden-Württemberg (Diakonie Baden).