The Bertelsmann Foundation has published a new study on the use of technology in long-term care. The publication “Potentials of Care 4.0: How technological innovations in long-term care can ease the burden and change job satisfaction” is available free of charge at https://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/de/publikationen/publikation/did/potenziale-einer-pflege-40-all
“Are robotic systems the means of choice?” In the series “Facts Check Robotics in Care” (in German language), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research puts prevailing opinions and views to the test and asks experts to comment on them.
The first published commentary comes from Prof. Dr. phil. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler from the Institute for Health Research and Education at the University of Osnabrück, the coordinator of the BeBeRobot project.
On 26 February 2021, the first PhD colloquium within the funding line “Robotic Systems for Care” took place as a video conference. The colloquium was held in the “unconference” format, also known as Open Space Technology.
The first Networking Symposium of the funding line took place on 25 February 2021. The thematic focus of the first networking symposium was on nursing, nursing science and nursing ethics perspectives on “Robotics for Nursing”.
Under the title “Robotische Systeme für die Pflege” (“Robotic Systems for Nursing”), the nursing science partial expert opinion “Autonomous Assistance Systems in Nursing: Potentials and Limits from a Nursing Science Perspective” has now been published as a book (Hülsken-Giesler/Remmers 2020, V&R-Verlag). The nursing-scientific line of argumentation is once again presented in a much more differentiated manner in this publication than in the overarching TAB report (Kehl 2018).
For more information, see: https://www.vandenhoeck-ruprecht-verlage.com/themen-entdecken/psychologie-psychotherapie-beratung/medizin-pflege-neurowissenschaften/pflegewissenschaft/54997/robotische-systeme-fuer-die-pflege
On April 23, 2020, participants from ten interdisciplinary collaborative projects of the BMBF funding line “Robotic Systems for Care” gathered online for a virtual kick-off event. An overview of the funded collaborative projects can be found at: https://www.technik-zum-menschen-bringen.de/foerderung/bekanntmachungen/robotik-pflege
On January 23, 2020, the Commission on the Report on the Elderly handed over the Eighth Report on the Elderly to the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Dr. Franziska Giffey. Further information can be found online at: https://www.achter-altersbericht.de/.
The German Ethics Council published its statement on robotic systems in the context of care on 10.03.2020. Information on the statement and the statement itself can be found online at: https://www.ethikrat.org/themen/aktuelle-ethikratthemen/robotik-und-pflege/
At the beginning of 2020, the Institute of Sociology at the Technical University of Berlin published an anthology on the topic “Genesis and Consequences of Care Robotics – The Constitution of an Interdisciplinary Research Field” with Beltz Verlag. Information on the volume (table of contents and reading sample) can be found online at: https://www.beltz.de/fachmedien/soziologie/produkte/produkt_produktdetails/39105-genese_und_folgen_der_pflegerobotik.html
The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV Spitzenverband) has published volume 15 of its series of papers entitled Modellprogramm zur Weiterentwicklung der Pflegeversicherung (Model Program for the Further Development of Long-Term Care Insurance) under the title “Digitalization and the Need for Long-Term Care – Benefits and Potentials of Assistance Technologies”. The text is available online at: https://www.gkv-spitzenverband.de/media/dokumente/presse/publikationen/schriftenreihe/GKV-Schriftenreihe_Pflege_Band_15.pdf