What Are Inter-Professional eHealth Competencies?

Authors: Johannes Thye, Toria Shaw, Jens Hüsers, Moritz Esdar, Marion Ball, Birgit Babitsch, and Ursula Hübner

As health IT supports processes along the entire patient trajectory and involves different types of professional groups, eHealth is inter-professional by nature. The aim of this study, therefore, is to investigate which competencies are at the intersection of the individual groups of health professionals. 718 international experts provided relevance ratings of eHealth competencies for different professional roles in an online survey. Communication and leadership proved to be important competencies across all professions, not only for executives. None or very little differences between professions were found between physicians and nurses, between IT experts at different levels and between IT experts and executives. However, there were a number of competencies rated differently when contrasting direct patient care specialists with executives. These findings should encourage organizations issuing educational recommendations to specify areas of shared competencies more extensively.