Germany has seen a rapid rise in the number of cases in local hospitals. The increase in the number of outpatient emergency treatments that could also have been provided by a primary care physician has been disproportionate. The consequences are overcrowding in emergency rooms, an increase in the risks of care using limited resources and increasing costs of emergency treatment. The OPTINOFA project therefore aims to introduce strict and differentiated direction of emergency patients into outpatient and inpatient treatment in the emergency room through structured initial assessment with regard to the urgency of treatment and the required level of emergency care.
Artificial intelligence based assistance services will be provided for preclinical and clinical emergency physicians and for practicing doctors on call and will supply structured, web-based initial assessments in real time. The EdTec Lab is responsible for the design, development and testing of the artificial intelligence methods and applications that will be used. This will take place in close cooperation with the University Medical Facility in Göttingen and with Heilbronn University. The artificial intelligence based assistance services will be trialed in clinics in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Thuringia and Saxony.