Care integration and sustainability: digital and green skills for the health workforce

As societal and digital evolution occurs, leading to the emergence of new roles, health and care workers must rapidly change and adapt to safeguard patients’ well-being and their professional existence. Upskilling and reskilling initiatives can help them acquire new knowledge and skills to stay relevant in their roles and strengthen health systems. This focus session will delve into the significance of upskilling and reskilling the healthcare workforce, emphasising the link between the need for green and digital skills.

The need for sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in health systems is becoming more apparent as the effects of climate change continue to worsen. By incorporating green skills into their practices, healthcare workers can reduce health care waste, energy consumption, and pollution. This not only benefits the environment but also improves patient outcomes and reduces healthcare costs.

Furthermore, effective health system performance depends on better care integration, and digital tools and digital skills are indispensable in achieving that. In today’s world, digital transformation in healthcare is no longer optional. Healthcare organisations must embrace digital tools and skills to remain competitive and deliver better patient outcomes. Digital tools and skills can help healthcare professionals save time, reduce errors, and improve patient outcomes.

By building on preliminary results from the BeWell project, this focus session will present a pilot matrix focused on life-long learning, continued professional development, and continuous medical development programs surrounding digital skills. These programs can help healthcare professionals acquire new digital skills and stay up-to-date with the latest digital tools and technologies.

Do not miss the session on the skills needs of the health workforce with Prof Todorka Kostadinova, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, Accreditation and Quality at Medical University Varna; Prof Dr Ronald Batenburg, Coordinator of research programmes at NIVEL; Dr Michelle Falkenbach, Technical Officer at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; Ms Zoi Mylona, Programme Manager at the European Health Management Association; Mr George Valiotis, Executive Director at the European Health Management Association; and Dr Gemma Williams, Research Fellow at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The session is moderated by Dr Matthias Wismar, Programme Manager at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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This session is offered by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies