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Bridging the digital gap: how the healthcare workforce can obtain innovative and digital skills – DISH Final Conference

March 30 @ 14:30 - 17:30

The DISH – Digital & Innovation Skills Helix in Health consortium is pleased to invite you to the project final conference taking place online on Wednesday, 30 March 2022 from 14.30 to 17.30.

The DISH project aimed to provide health and social care professionals with the appropriate digital skills to be successful in the current digitalised healthcare sector. The project has developed an innovative and collaborative approach that uses three tools: a planning tool; the on the job training tool; and the assessment tool.

Over the past 3 years, the DISH project worked across 6 countries to provide hands-on practical training to several health and social care professionals. This conference will be an opportunity to look back at the achievements of the project, reflect on lessons learnt, share case studies and policy recommendations to facilitate the uptake of the DISH methodology for the upskilling of the health workforce.



14.30 – 14.40:     Introductory remarks
  • Welcome by Mr George Valiotis, Executive Director, EHMA, Belgium
  • Overview of the DISH project by Ms Trine Ungermann Fredskild, DISH Project Coordinator, Denmark

14.40 15.00:     Session 1 – Digital skills for the health workforce of the future
  • Keynote speech by Ms Maya Matthews, Head of Unit ‘Performance of Health Systems’, DG SANTE, European Commission, Belgium
  • Q&A session

15.00 – 15.40:     Session 2 – The DISH approach to digital innovation implementation processes
  • An overview of the DISH methodology: the three tools by Ms Henriette Hansen, EU Consultant & Project Manager, South Denmark European Office, Denmark
  • The preparation tool for Innovation and Digital Skills Adoption by Mr Thomas Karopka, Senior Project Manager, BioCon Valley GmbH, Germany
  • The On The Job Training tool by Ms Lone Boysen Lauritzen, Head of the Department of Heart Medicine, Sygehus Sønderjylland, Denmark
  • The Assessment tool by Dr Gertrudis Fornés Romero, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Q&A session

15.40 – 15.55:     Break

15.55 – 16.35:     Session 3 – The DISH tools in action: case studies from partner countries
  • Case study on a cross-sectoral project introducing video for planning discharge saves time and resources in Denmark by Ms Sabine Paasch Olsen, Learning and Research Center, Sygehus Sønderjylland, Denmark
  • Case study on implementing electronic door locks through co-creative planning in municipal home-based care in Norway by Ms Susanne Eriksen, PhD-student, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
  • Case study on an interprofessional project for the introduction of a digitally supported sepsis screening at the University Medical Center Schleswig in Germany by Ms Susanne Krotsetis, University Hospital of Schleswig Holstein, Germany
  • From the healthcare employers’ perspective: adopting the DISH approach by Ms Sara Fasoli, Project & Membership Relations Officer, European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association (HOSPEEM) and Member of the DISH European Reference Group, Belgium
  • Q&A session

16.35 – 17.25:     Session 4 – Recommendations to enhance the digital skills of the health workforce
  • Overview of the policy recommendations identified by the DISH project by Prof Christine Oye, Professor, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
  • Panel discussion with
    Mr Ber Oomen, Interim Executive Director, European Specialist Nurses Organisation (ESNO) and Member of the DISH European Reference Group, The Netherlands
    Dr Eszter Kovacs, Assistant Professor, Health Workforce Planning Knowledge Centre, Semmelweis University Health Services Management Training Centre, Hungary
    Mr Kazimierz Murzyn, Managing Director, Klaster LifeScience Krakow, Poland

17.25 – 17.30:     Closing remarks
  • Ms Trine Ungermann Fredskild, DISH Project Coordinator
  • Mr George Valiotis, Executive Director, EHMA



March 30
14:30 - 17:30




European Health Management Association (EHMA)
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