Digital Skills Training for Health Care Professionals in Oncology
DigiCanTrain implements a new digital skills training for cancer health care workforce in Europe by supporting the development of more effective, person-centred health care, digital cancer care services and the use of contemporary eHealth technology.
Cancer is one of the most common diseases in Europe. In 2018, 3 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 28 EU member states. In a very short time, healthcare in Europe has also been faced to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic showed the potential of digitalization to transform the way health care is delivered and therefore building resilience and bringing efficiency, transparency, and convenience on health care services.
Correctly used eHealth technology can be a useful tool for facilitating a dialogue among health care professionals (HCPs) and meet health and care needs of people affected by cancer. Digital technology is an inevitable part of the future of European healthcare. Despite the current use of e-technology, its positive effects and its potential, most health professionals feel insufficiently trained to deal with the digital revolution.
The project aims at up-skilling and re-skilling the health care workforce in the cancer care setting. This supports the development of effective, person-centred health care, digital cancer care services and the use of contemporary eHealth technology by the HCPs.
The project also contributes to shaping the lifelong learning dimension in higher education (EQF levels 6-8) by integrating micro-credentials to accompany ECTS and CME credit systems. The purpose of the project is to design, pilot and evaluate DigiCanTrain education and training programme for trainers, clinical and non-clinical HCPs. The ultimate goal is to improve access to continuing professional education, increase digital skills and the use of eHealth technology of clinical and non-clinical health care professionals working with people affected by cancer.
The DigiCanTrain kickoff was successfully held in Turku, Finland on 23-24 March 2023.