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Developing digital skills to improve healthcare


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© Eklund, 2019

Digital technologies have revolutionised the health and social care industry over recent years, so it's vital that health workers understand how to use and make the most of them.

That's why the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) in Finland has developed a project called DIGIOS (Developing digital know-how in social and health care education and services in Kainuu) to help teachers, managers and staff who work in the industry to develop their digital health skills.

As well as creating a new educational pathway from vocational training to higher education which focuses on eHealth and digital technology, DIGIOS has also developed a new care pathway for long term ill patients which integrates telemedicine across the social and health care services, and rates efficiency with a Balance Score Card.

DIGIOS does not just educate health professionals in the basics of digital technology, it also offers managers support to lead the changes required to integrate new technologies into working processes, and coaching for staff to help them to change their working routines to incorporate new digital skills.

Taneli Rantaharju, Senior lecturer and Study programme coordinator in ICT at the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, calls DIGIOS "...a concrete example of successful and rewarding multidisciplinary collaboration", while Marita Pikkarainen, Development Director at the Kainuu Social and Health Care Joint Authority calls it "...the new way to work – work smartly with patients."

Project name DIGIOS
Duration 2017 - 2019
ESF contribution € 347,069.00
Total budget € 462,761.00
Participants 78
Country Finland
Organisation Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK), Kainuu Vocational College (KAO) & Kainuu Social and Health Care Joint Authority
Social Media Facebook: @kajaaninamk Twitter: @KajaaniAMK Instagram: @kajaaniamk
Contact details Ms Kirsi Moisanen
+358 44 7101276
Related links 1.1.1. Opening pathways for work
1.6 Digital agenda