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EU*US eHealth Work Project

The overall goal of the EU*US eHealth Work project (Sept 2016 to May 2018) is to measure, inform, educate and advance eHealth and health information technology skills, work and workforce development throughout Europe, the United States and globally. In conjunction with stakeholders from the US, the EU and around the globe, it is surveying, mapping and analysing eHealth skills and competencies, providing access to knowledge, tools, resources and platforms, and strengthening, disseminating and exploiting success outcomes for a digitally skilled Transatlantic eHealth workforce. The project will utilise its “network of networks” to create an enduring legacy in eHealth workforce development. EHTEL is member to the project consortium.

EU*US eHealth Work Project

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Advancing Digital Skills in Healthcare

EU*US eHealth Work Final Conference

Wed, 25 April 2018, 11:00-18:00 CET
at Medical Informatics Europe 2018

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The EU*US eHealth Work Project, funded under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation grant program, continues work initiated under the EU-US eHealth Collaborative, begun in 2010 as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United States and European Union to increase transatlantic cooperation on health information and technology. With a global shortage of digitally skilled eHealth workers, gender disparities in interprofessional healthcare workers, and an increasing demand and heightened challenges for ICT-enabled healthcare services, the need for developing a robust educated healthcare workforce with digital skills is imperative. EU*US eHealth Work is working to measure eHealth needs, skills and training, educate eHealth workers through the development of a foundational curriculum, inform global stakeholders through interactive web tools and resources, and advance the field of interdisciplinary health informatics.


This Final Conference informed the global stakeholder community (live, on site and via remote access) about project milestones and achievements as well as the strategy to make project assets durable and sustainable. Through collaboration and support from MIE 2018 Conference hosts, the event embedded three building blocks (Part I, II & III) seamlessly into MIE 2018 proceedings for best stakeholder interaction. Part II and III have been live broadcasted and recorded.

Part I: Building a Digitally Skilled eHealth Workforce for 2020 and Beyond

Rachelle Blake, Omni Micro Systems-Omni Med Solutions (OMS) GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Stephan Schug, EHTEL, Brussels, Belgium
Ursula Hübner, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany

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Part II: EU*US eHealth Work Hands-on Demonstrations (BYOD)

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Part III: EU*US eHealth Work Interactive presentation of project achievements, milestones and outcomes

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Co-Chairs: Rachelle Blake, OMS GmbH, Germany / Stephan Schug, EHTEL, Belgium

EU*US eHealth Work Project Germany Stakeholder Event
Tue, 19 September, 7:30-9:00am CST/14:30-16:00 CET

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In order for users to utilise health IT properly, the healthcare workforce must possess the necessary competencies. Moreover, health IT has to be capable of supporting healthcare processes and applications. To this end, not only users but also developers have to possess the necessary competencies. This workshop is therefore dedicated to exploring education for digitalisation from different perspectives and takes the international viewpoint into account. The workshop is organised by different GMDS groups (WG Nursing Informatics and Präsidiumskommission „Curricula der Medizinischen Informatik“) together with the EU*US eHealth Work Project funded by Horizon2020 and the TIGER Initiative.


Remote Access: click here to access link visible above (copy/paste event number: 495 923 916 and password: EUUS19sept)

The project has been presented by

  • Rachelle Blake, Angel Blake, Omni Micro Systems-Omni Med Solutions GmbH, Hamburg, Germany/San Francisco, CA, USA;
  • Toria Shaw, HIMSS North America/TIGER Initiative, Chicago, IL USA.
  • Ursula Hübner, Johannes Thye, Hochschule Osnabrück, Germany;
  • Stephan Schug, EHTEL, Brussels, Belgium;
  • Alpo Värri, Technical University Tampere, Finland (remote)


EU*US eHealth Skills Collaboration Opportunity (Stakeholder Event & Webinar)

See recorded Webcast at (Adobe Connect)

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Interactively broadcasting a session of the 43rd Finnish Healthcare ICT Conference, the webinar publishes the results obtained so far in the EU*US eHealth Work project. The project aims at improving the digital skills of all people working in health care to make better use of technology and health information systems. The webinar will gather inputs from the global audience to advance the mission and achieve the goals of the project under the Horizon 2020 programme.

  • 12:00 CET: Presentation of the EU*US eHealth Work Project
    Rachelle Blake, Omni Micro Systems, Germany & USA; EU*US eHealth Work Coordinator
  • 12:30 CET: Results: eHealth Education Today
    Johannes Thye, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany
  • 13:00 CET: Foundational eHealth Curricula
    Alpo Värri, Johanna Tolonen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  • 13:30 - 14:00 CET: Webinar Pause / Coffee break on site
  • 14:00 CET: Resources, Tools and Certification in eHealth featuring the TIGER VLE
    Toria Shaw, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), USA

14:30 CET: Roundtable Discussion and Feedback: Next Steps for a Digitally Skilled Health Work Force
Moderator: Stephan Schug, European Health Telematics Association, Belgium
Opening Remarks: Hicham Abghay, Steinbeis 2i GmbH, Germany


  • Kaija Saranto, Professor in Health and Human Services, University of Eastern Finland Kuopio, Vice President of the International Medical Informatics Association
  • Sari Palojoki, University of Eastern Finland Kuopio
  • Elina Kontio, Turku Amk, Finland
  • Elina Rajalahti, Principal Lecturer, Laurea University of Applied Sciences. Finland
  • and all programme speakers (Rachelle Blake, Johannes Thye, Alpo Värri, Johanna Tolonen, Toria Shaw & Hicham Abghay)

The EU*US eHealth Work Project ..

  • Addresses eHealth skills for all healthcare workers in the EU, North America and around the globe and for the full spectrum of job roles, spanning clinical, social care, administration and informatics
  • Fosters those skills by … informing and educating to advance eHealth skills and workforce development.
  • Identifies the resources for eHealth competency education and training to make them visible and available
  • Download White Paper EU*US eHealth Works to Improve Global Workforce Development

Background to the EU*US eHealth Work Project

Today, it is criticial to enhance the experience and performance in the health information technology (HIT) ecosystem. In the digital environment, healthcare authorities are facing huge challenges in ensuring that their personnel have the appropriate skills to provide solid solutions to people's and patient's health. Where to find the appropriate digital skills training for your personnel – or even for yourself – wherever you are based, either side of the Atlantic?

EU-US eHealth Work is working to provide actors in the healthcare field with good ways to educate and hire e-qualified healthcare personnel. EU-US eHealth Work is the continuation of the 2013 -2015 EU-US collaboration on health information technology that formed a solid part of the EU-US Memorandum of Understanding In it, representatives of the European Union and the USA performed an analysis of health workforce IT competencies. The result was a computerised online tool and repository - the HITCOMP Tool and Repository .

Today, EU*US eHealth Work is working to:

  • Identify existing educational resources that help with developing IT competencies and create links to them.
  • Develop an online curriculum that provides the appropriate foundational education in eHealth/healthcare IT.
  • Provide an interactive platform to access both the necessary skills assessment and curriculum features.

EU*US eHealth Work Consortium members are:

  • Omni Micro Systems/Omni Med Solutions UG (Germany),
  • EHTEL (European Health Telematics Association - Belgium),
  • Tampere University of Technology (Finland),
  • Stiftung Fachhochschule (University) Osnabrück (Germany),
  • Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (Germany)
  • HIMSS Foundation, USA (project execution by the TIGER Initiative).

What is EHTEL's role in the project?

EHTEL is WP leader for WP5 dissemination and exploitation.

EHTEL sees EU-US eHealth Work as an opportunity for EHTEL members to be active participants in these activities. In particular, EHTEL members can:

To support these three activities, the EHTEL Secretariat has set up a taskforce composed of EHTEL members.

The project EUUSEHEALTHWORK is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727552 (call: H2020-SCI-HCO-13-2016).

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