The Erasmus+ DISH project

Competences of "the future” are needed right now

Some time ago, experts noticed that in an age of rapid progress, vocational schools and universities are should educate young people for jobs that do not yet exist. This was especially important for the health care sector as trends (such as globalisation, ageing, development of technology and artificial intelligence, virtual collaboration and information exchange, overload with data make the need for completely new skills to meet those challenges. Some skills used today to deliver health care, may soon disappear, be replaced by technology, or simply no longer be needed.

In the “Future Work Skills 2020” report, the authors emphasise that the development of new media and the rapidly increasing amount of data open a new era in which you need to learn to think and act anew. Extreme longevity has been stipulated in the report as the first driver of change in the nature of careers and learning.

What one needs to learn outside medical knowledge?

In 2014,  561 doctors in the US were asked what competencies they needed to successfully practise medicine in the future. They indicated:

– Interpersonal communication skills – over 90%

– Using IT tools to improve care – 81%

-Managerial knowledge in the field of leadership, strategy planning and financial management – 74%

-Expertise in care – 74%

This is confirmed by other research: interpersonal skills, originality of reasoning, system and design thinking, the ability to critically judge, analyse data and make decisions are always important. Amongst this, digital competencies are very important.

Some of the “competence of the future” has been essential in medical professions for a long time – such as “sense-making”, analytic thinking or social intelligence. The same relates to the ability to constantly learn and train – something that has been part of medical practice and has been critical in this profession for a long time.

Some skills – such as the use of new media, applications, virtual cooperation or intercultural competence – should be educated if we want to be optimistic about the future.

What are a new competences of the future 2020

New competencies of the future are interrelated. For example, virtual cooperation involves using new media, thinking critically, and analysing large amounts of data. Social intelligence and communication skills determine this cooperation. Critical competencies have been defined in the Institute for the Future.

Here are some of the examples, especially related to the new digital health paradigm:

-Sense-making, i.e. the ability to perceive information out of data that is important in the decision-making process. Knowledge of what and how to research, observe reality, collect, analyse and interpret data. It is a human-only ability that differentiates us from even intelligent machines. It is particularly important when working with artificial intelligence, which can assist a doctor, due to doubts regarding the negative effects of using AI when data used to create algorithms contain errors.

-Processing large amounts of information, translate statistical data into abstract concepts, and read their meanings are very important in data digitisation and better access to patient information.

– Using new media while maintaining professional relationships with peer doctors: while the young generation has, almost from birth, the ability to use mobile applications,  the elderly have to learn it.

-Working remotely – is a critical competence related to both the ability to work in a group and the ability to effectively use technology, even as simple as document sharing in a cloud.

-Interdisciplinarity – involves the ability to navigate in various, sometimes seemingly unrelated, areas. This also applies to areas such as innovation management or economics and finance. A Deloitte Center for Health Solutions survey* of doctors and patients shows that hospitals need innovative leaders and employees who are brother-in-law with technology and can analyse data.

How to learn about digital skills innovations in the health care sector?

While the DISH project covers all of the above stipulated, the overall concept especially relates to the last point – interdisciplinarity. The project’s main objective is not only to provide health care professionals with digital skills but also to address innovation readiness, implementation, and change management skills to ensure that digital solutions in the health care sector are implemented, applied, and exploited to their full potential.

We will be exploring these issues in the Digital Skills panel during the Career in Life Science session on the Life Science Open Space 2021 in November this year ( Leaders of the project will gather in Krakow to discuss the progress and learnings from all partners of the DISH project. In addition, it will be the opportunity to share the results with a larger, international audience participating in the LSOS’21 event. 

The Life Science Open Space is an international forum for ideas, challenges and opportunities for innovation for health and quality of life. It is an event where scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and administration meet to find partners for joint projects and development.

LSOS’21 online program includes four thematic tracks (Special Interest Groups): Digital Health, HealthTech, Bioeconomy, Healthy Food, Beauty & Lifestyle, and three business paths: Business Development, StartUp Scene and already mentioned Career in Lifesciences. This special session will be transmitted live from the event studio and allow the audience to engage in the discussion by posting questions or commenting on the chat. 

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