The Erasmus+ DISH project

The University of Valencia, Polytechnic University and Hospital La Fe committed to the digitalization of Healthcare sector

Since 2018, The University of Valencia (Polibienestar Research Institute), Polytechnic University (ITACA-SABIEN) and Research Institute of Hospital La Fe work together in DISH (Digital & Innovation Skills Helix in Health), a project funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme.

During the first stage of the project, the consortium of partners has focused mainly on defining and describing the three main concepts on which this project focuses: 1) On-the-job training, 2) Creation of learning innovation units, and 3) Assessment as a process. In addition, an analysis of the needs of health professionals in relation to their digital skills has been carried out in each of the country partners, in order to adjust to the real needs of the sector, state Gertrudis Fornés Romero (researcher at Polibienestar).

At this stage of the project, specifically, in the Spanish context, the content of a training course for health professionals (mainly primary care) on the use of an online training platform, the prescription of digital resources and a scorecard for Type II Diabetes Mellitus is being finished and refined. According to Soledad Giménez and Andrea Gil (nurse at La Fe University and Polytechnic Hospital and researcher at La Fe Health Research Institute who collaborate jointly in the clinical section of the course) this training will take place this year and due to the current pandemic situation, it has had to be adapted to be taught online and is currently being evaluated by the Valencian School of Health Studies (EVES) with the aim of providing an official certification to whom decide to participate in the training.

The last year was complex and turbulent for society in general, but for the health sector in particular, showing us again the need to bet on the training of our professionals in digital tools, state Vicente Traver, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. And this is one of the commitments of the DISH project consortium partners: to provide training adapted to the needs and times of healthcare professionals, increasing their digital and innovation skills so that they can benefit from the use of e-health solutions already available in the market, improving the provision of care.

The Spanish version of this article can be found here.