IT Assistance System to improve the Disinfection of Hands in German Hospitals

According to a 2015 study by the Charité, 23,000 people in Europe die as a result of an infection involving multi-resistant germs, and these numbers are rising. The main reason for the spread of these germs, for example MRSA, is a lack of hygiene of those employed in health service centres in dealing with patients. The causes lie in a lack of awareness of the problem, excessive workloads and the lack of time associated with these, and a lack of qualifications of the carers involved.

The goal of the HEIKE project is to develop a new, technology-assisted options which support the attending hospital carers in patient care, thus increasing their compliance with regard to hand disinfection.

A mobile, networked disinfectant dispenser and augmented reality technology are fundamentals. The technologies will be further developed during the project and integrated into a system which automatically recognizes the actions carried out on the patient and provides additional information based upon this. The measures carried out will be automatically recorded in the system, which will reduce the administrative overheads for operative personnel.

See project website for further information.

Project Partners

FZI Computer Science Research Centre
Institute for Laser Technologies in Medicine and Measurement Technology
Fürstlich-Fürstenbergisches Care Home Hüfingen
Hahn-Schickard Villingen-Schwenningen
Hahn-Schickard Institute for Micro Assembly Technology
Furtwangen University – Institute Man, Technology and Participation
University of Ulm – Institute for Psychology & Paedagogy – Department of Social Psychology
Institute for Construction Technology and Technical Design at the University of Stuttgart

Duration: 06/2016 - 12/2018

The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Economy, Labour and Housing within the framework of the innBW – Innovationsallianz Baden-Württemberg AZ 7-4332.62-FZl/47 funding stream. HFU is contracted to provide research and development.


Prof. Dr. Peter König
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Dean of studies Physiotherapy
Deputy Chairman Institute Man, Technology and Participation
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920 2955
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.05
Email: koep(at)

Prof. Dr. Ing. Christophe Kunze
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Professor for Assistive Health Technologies, Chairman - Institute Man, Technology and Participation
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2583
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.04
Email: kuc(at)

Anastasia Lebedeva
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Member of academic staff
Tel: 07723 920-2939
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.01
Email: leva(at)