The Erasmus+ DISH project

Interprofessional Education for Capacity Building in Digital Health Online Workshop

The Interprofessional Education for Capacity Building in Digital Health workshop, organized by the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM), has been aimed at opening a deep reflection on the educational instruments needed to build capacity in digital health in Europe with acceleration of digitization in the health and social care sectors.

Held on November 19th 2020 and with the partecipation of more than 40 attendees, the workshop allowed the participants to become familiar with the aspects of mobility, collaboration and exchange in the field of life-long interprofessional education across Europe, with the EFMI Accreditation and Certification (AC2) Programme, and with the need for interprofessional education focusing on the work of EUSEM in the emergency care setting.

In the panel discussion devoted to highlighting the state of play across Europe in relation to the  educational initiatives in digital health, two have been the initiatives presented by Natalia Allegretti from ECHAlliance, DISH Dissemination and Communication Manager, in this relation: in addition to the DISH project, the EU Health Policy Platform Thematic Network ‘Profiling and training the healthcare workers of the future’ has been introduced to the attendees.

Both initiatives are addressing, at different levels, the critical role of the health workforce in the debate about health systems transformation and the need to equip them with the necessary skills set to successfully face this change.

The policy prospective offered by the Thematic Network  will be  concretized in a Joint Statement, under finalization in this days, aimed at informing a common strategic discussion on the health care education needs, training and planning for the future of the care and cure, identifying the necessary multidisciplinary competences for the professionals operating in this filed, as well as the areas where EU collaboration and best practices sharing are more needed.

The presentation of the DISH project gave to the workshop’ audience a more operational view about the tools and ongoing project actions aimed at creating the necessary “missing link” between the progressing digitalization of national health systems and the lack of required skills through the implementation of professional education and training programs. The three DISH “concepts”, the Learning Innovation Unit, the “On-the-Job” Training and the Assessment of Competences and Skills have been introduced underling how, concretely, their implementation and use will support the health and social care professionals in becoming and remaining digitally capable.

Animated by a lively exchange of questions and answers between the attendees and the panellists, the workshop has been structured to present to the audience how the the changing education landscape in digital health calls for interprofessional learning programmes, digital skills and multidisciplinary skills to answer to the continuously evolving needs of technological implementations in the healthcare field.

A digitally capable health and social care staff is one of the most important enabling factors to successfully face the healthcare systems paradigm shift challenge.