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The DISH project was awarded as Best Poster at the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference

The DISH project participated in EHMA 2021, the Annual Conference of the European Health Management Association. DISH submitted an abstract titled ‘Digital & Innovation Skills Helix in health – The DISH project’, authored by Ms Trine Ungermann Fredskild and Ms Sabine Paasch Olsen, that was selected for a poster presentation and was then recognised by winning the EHMA Award for Best Poster.

The EHMA 2021 Annual Conference took place online through the lens of Lisbon on 15-17 September 2021. The conference brought together over 400 healthcare stakeholders including academia, research, health and hospital managers, healthcare professionals, policy and decision makers, and industry representatives. The theme of the conference was ‘Health Management: managing the present and shaping the future’ with a focus on discussing solutions to managing services in the post-COVID future. EHMA 2021 articulated around six subthemes: Governance and leadership; Person-centredness and care integration; Managing the digital transformation; Improving healthcare access and outcomes; Environmental sustainability of health services; and Health workforce.

Earlier in the year, the DISH project submitted an abstract for consideration under the subthemes Managing the digital transformation and Health workforce. The abstract was evaluated alongside over 200 other submissions by an independent expert panel and selected for a poster presentation.

During the conference, the DISH poster was presented by Ms Sabine Paasch Olsen. The presentation took place during a dedicated poster pitching session. Each poster presenter had three minutes to pitch their research in front of the conference audience. The posters were also available for consultation for all delegates, and the authors could be contacted via the conference platform for further questions and feedback on their research.

Every year EHMA awards three prizes to abstracts presented at the conference: best European paper, best non-European paper, and best poster. The awards are assigned by an independent jury panel who attends the various presentations and assesses the abstracts. The DISH poster won the EHMA Award for Best Poster and was announced during the conference Closing Ceremony.

The DISH abstract is available in the recently published EHMA 2021 Abstract book (page 91) and will also soon be published in the Portuguese Journal of Public Health.

The DISH poster can be consulted here.

The poster pitch can be watched here.

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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