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Policy Dialogue
European Year of Skills: The opportunities for health

Wednesday, 26 April 2023


Henriette Hansen
EU Project Manager, South Denmark European Office  
Istvan Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Matthias Wismar
Programme Manager, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Raluca Painter
Head of Unit, Labour Market, Education, Health and Social Services, DG REFORM, European Commission
Zoi Mylona
BeWell Programme Manager, European Health Management Association


Elizabeth Kuiper
Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well-being Programme

With the emergence of digital tools and the digitalisation of health comes the need to upskill and reskill Europe’s healthcare workforce. Considering demographic changes, the digitalisation of healthcare offers an opportunity to improve the efficiency, accessibility, and quality of care, easing a transition to new care models centred on people’s needs. Digital tools can also streamline cumbersome and repetitive tasks, reducing the workload of overstretched health workers. However, if not utilised correctly, the potential of health digitisation will not be realised. Without the required skills and knowledge, digital tools threaten to create additional burdens for healthcare workers to the detriment of patients.

In the context of the European Year of Skills, this CHES in-person Policy Dialogue will address the challenges health digitalisation presents to the healthcare workforce. What action is needed to ensure healthcare professionals are equipped with the skills required for the digitalisation of the health sector? How can the EU support member states in this endeavour?

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