EU*US eHealth Work Consortium & Project
In September 2016, the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative was co-awarded funding to address the need, development, and deployment of workforce IT skills, competencies, and training programs for trained eHealth workers from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation grant program.
The EU*US eHealth Work Project, in cooperation with its Consortium members and a large stakeholder community, will work to measure, inform, educate and advance development of a skilled eHealth workforce throughout the European Union, United States and globally. The overall project goal is to create a legacy of digitally empowered health care professionals now and in the future.
This 21-month project, spanning from September 2016 to May 2018, awarded just under $600,000 dollars to the EU*US eHealth Work Consortium. Consortium member organizations include:
- Omni Micro Systems and Omni Med Solutions (OMS-UG) of Germany project coordinator
- European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) of Belgium
- Steinbeis Innovation (SIG) of Germany
- Stiftung Fachhochschule Osnabrück (FH OS), University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück of Germany
- Tampere University of Technology (TUT) of Finland
- HIMSS Foundation (project execution by TIGER)
Consortium stakeholders from left to right: (back row) Alpo Värri, Associate Professor, Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Stephan Schug, Chief Medical Officer at Ehtel, Toria Shaw, Manager of Clinical Informatics/TIGER Initiative at HIMSS, Ursula Hübner, Professor at the University Osnabrück Applied Sciences/TIGER International Committee Chair, Rachelle Kaye, Senior International Consultant at EHTEL, Johannes Thye, Faculty at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Hicham Abghay, Senior Project Manager of Steinbeis; (front row) Consortium project lead, Rachelle Blake, CEO/President/Managing Director at Omni Micro/Omni Med Solutions/TIGER Committee Member, and Angelique Blake, Vice President and Chief Operating Office at Director at Omni Micro/Omni Med Solutions.
The Consortium’s mission is to map skills and competencies, provide access to knowledge tools and platforms, and strengthen, disseminate and exploit success outcomes for a skilled transatlantic eHealth workforce. 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.
We are currently compiling global case studies to bring our survey and gap analysis findings to life with a focus on all states within the European Union. If you are interested in submitting a study on behalf of your program, academic institution or organization, please contact Toria Shaw, Senior Manager, Clinical Informatics, to learn more.
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.
Contact Toria Shaw, MSW, manager, clinical informatics, and TIGER project lead for this award, for more information on the project itself.