About the Project
Both the European Union and the United States continue to work to encourage more effective use of digital skills and information technology and communication (ICT), in delivery of health services, including disease prevention and health promotion.
In order to accomplish this, as part of the Standards and Interoperability Framework (S&I Framework) of the US Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC-HIT), the US and EU (under the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communication – DG Connect) collaborated and formed a Workforce Development Workgroup in August 2013. This workgroup was founded as part of a formal Memorandum of Understanding between the US and EU signed in December 2010. This workgroup consisted of a TransAtlantic community of public and private sector industry professionals; educators; eHealth, healthcare information technology and informatics professionals; clinicians; and subject matter experts in information technology and communication in the healthcare sector.
This community worked together to identify approaches to achieving common goals for achieving a robust supply of highly proficient eHealth/health IT professionals and assuring health care, public health, and allied professional workforces have the eSkills needed to make optimum use of their available eHealth/health information technology. Additionally, this work identifies, addresses and bridges the gaps between competency and knowledge deficiencies among all staff in healthcare delivery, management, administration and support to ensure universal application of ICT solutions in health services. The workgroup completed Phase I of its work in May 2015.
Phase II of the work stream began in September 2016 with the commencement of the EU*US eHealth Work Project, a European Commission-funded project under the Horizon 2020 program to advance digital skills development for workforce members in the healthcare sector. The EU*US eHealth Work Project has a four-fold mission: to measure, inform, educate and advance eHealth skills, education and knowledge throughout the European Union, United States and globally. HITCOMP is a key component of that mission, as it ties together education, skills, competence and advancement for all members of the healthcare workforce.
Omni Micro Systems – Omni Med Solutions co-developed and maintains HITComp as an open-source platform available to all members of the eHealth and digital communities on a global basis. Please direct all inquiries regarding HITComp to: firstname.lastname@example.org