Session ID: 

EU/US Collaborations to Ensure a Capable eHealth Workforce

4:00pm - 5:00pm Thursday, February 14
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Patients, populations, workflow processes and communications are becoming more dependent on information technology, the data gathered and the information and knowledge extracted. Healthcare improvements and clinical care outcomes require the mining of the vast stores of data being gathered through these technologies. Information and communication technologies can be the catalyst for new and far-reaching forms of patient and consumer interactions. However, to harness this power, healthcare needs a globally informed and engaged workforce. Currently, evidence exists to support the idea that the healthcare workforce does not posses the competence to maximize these tools. A multipronged, international and interprofessional effort is needed to bridge this gap from the education pipeline to the bedside. This crucial conversation will begin to address options for building that bridge.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the current evidence available about the health information and technology/eHealth widening competency gap amongst healthcare professionals as healthcare becomes more digitally dependent
  • Appraise the efficacy and applicability of the three case studies to address the gaps in health information and technology/eHealth competency
  • React and respond to guided questions presented by the speakers which will be used to gain additional information from audience experience with programs that address the health information and technology/eHealth competency gap in healthcare professionals
  • Construct a roadmap for addressing the health information and technology/eHealth competency gap in the workplace in the EU and the U.S.


Associate Professor,
University of Alabama Birmingham,
Reader in Informatics and Telematics in Nursing,
Sheffield Hallam University