CHICAGO (September 8, 2016) – With burgeoning global demand for skilled healthcare workers, the HIMSS Foundation joins other members of the EU*US eHealth Work Consortium to address the need, development and deployment of workforce IT skills, competencies and training programs. This new 18-month project, spanning from September 2016 to February 2018, is being funded from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation grant program, which awarded just under $600,000 dollars to the EU*US eHealth Work Consortium.
Background on the EU*US eHealth Work Project: The HIMSS Foundation became a member of the Omni Micro Consortium in late December 2015 to help respond to the grant opportunity and develop a proposal by the mid-February 2016 deadline. Under this grant scope of work, TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) will execute project deliverables on behalf of the Foundation.
In June 2016, the proposal was accepted, and in September, the Consortium received the funding with members, in addition to the HIMSS Foundation, that include:
- Omni Micro Systems and Omni Med Solutions (OMS-UG) of Germany project lead
- European Health Telematics Association (ETHEL) of Belgium
- Steinbeis Innovation (SIG) of Germany
- Stiftung Fachhochschule Osnabrück (FH OS), University of Applied Sciences of Germany
- Tampere University of Technology (TUT) of Finland
The members launched the EU*US eHealth Work Consortium and Project, with a timeline in place to begin work in fall 2016, with the initial meeting set for the end of September in Hamburg, Germany. Each organization will play a unique role in executing project deliverables. Following the kick-off meeting, additional information will be forthcoming about project schedule and deliverables.
The grant funding addresses the demand for trained eHealth workers in the European Union, United States and around the globe for the full spectrum of job roles, spanning clinical, social care, informatics and administration.
The overall goal of the EU*US eHealth Work Project is to measure, inform, educate and advance eHealth and health information technology skills, work and workforce development throughout Europe, the United States and globally.
With this global scope of work, TIGER will manage:
Compilation and further development of country specific case studies
- Analysis of the gaps between current state and needs for eHealth skills and education
- Development of an integrated, interactive competency and knowledge website platform, perhaps through TIGER’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
- Coordination/hosting of a US-EU Collaboration Event, which may be held at HIMSS17
“TIGER is an ideal partner for several reasons: many members of the international committee reside in Europe; we intend to capitalize on our international competency synthesis project work underway; and finally, this initiative is far reaching – we have strong global alliances with healthcare professionals rooted in the heart of care delivery, education and training,” said Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS-FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS North America.
“We are so very excited to now have the opportunity to embark on this new journey in workforce development with Horizon 2020 and the EU,” said Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA, CEO/president and managing director, Omni Micro Systems/Omni Medical Solutions, and TIGER committee member.
Contact Toria Shaw, MSW, manager, clinical informatics, and TIGER project lead for this award, for more information on the project itself.