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Basic digital skills and education are required for all disciplines in the healthcare workforce. The level of eHealth and health IT skills needed depends on the place of education, the profession, the amount of technology used in healthcare in the country and even the personal interest for IT skills. Basic computing skills have increased with the use of personal devices (laptops, smartphones, other devices); however, especially in developing countries or in those with developing healthcare infrastructures, for example, in some smaller European states and global regions, workforce members need to be better adapted to the digital healthcare world.  Also, bridges need to be built between the healthcare and information and communications technology (ICT) domains.

To fulfil this need, the EU*US eHealth Work Project has developed a Foundational Curriculum for the workforce in the EU and US. The curriculum provides foundational skills for health IT and eHealth topics, but also provides an overview of the healthcare process for a professional in ICT.  The foundational curriculum serves as a material for independent studying as well as provides a mechanism for an instructor-led course, which can be used in lectures remotely or in a classroom setting. The curriculum is objective-based and provides activities and exercises to ensure retention of information.  The learning process within the foundational curriculum is not only conceptual, but also provides experiential learning opportunities so that learners can apply the theoretical components they study to real-life scenarios they may encounter on the job.  All Foundational Curriculum units can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

The Health IT Workforce Curriculum (also called “ONC Curriculum”)[1] has been a valuable source and inspiration for the foundational curriculum material; however, the final content has been extensively complemented from several other scientific and validated sources to fully cover the needs of the baseline and basic skills in Health IT.[1] Developed by Oregon Health & Science University, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under Award Number IU24OC000015.

Objectives for the Foundational Curriculum align with HITComp baseline and basic competencies.  Completion of the Foundational Curriculum should provide basic digital skills competency in eHealth.  Below, you will find a table listing the HITComp areas of competency and the corresponding Foundational Curriculum units that contain those competency areas.
Foundational Curriculum preview

Click here for an excerpt of the Medical Terminology unit (C2M2U6)

Click here for an excerpt of the Health Informatics Principles unit (C4M7U2)

(excerpts open in a new window, at EU*US eHealth Work Project Consortium member EHTEL’s website: www.ehtel.eu)

wdt_IDArea Of CompetencyFoundational Curriculum Unit # (see keys below for more information on each module and unit)
1 Access to Information, Protected Health Information, and Health Information Management C4M6U1, C4M6U2
2 Administration/General Mgmt/Governance C1M1U2, C10M18U1
3 Business Process Design/Workflows C2M3U1
4 Care Coordination C2M2U1, C2M3U2
5 Clinical Decision Support and Pathways C5M9U1, C5M9U2
6 Clinical Practice and Workflows C2M2U1
7 Coding and Terminologies C2M2U5, C2M2U6
8 Collection of Data/Knowledge Mgmt (Library) C8M14U1, C8M14U2
9 Communication and Change Management C10M20U2, C10M20U3, C10M20U4
10 Patient Access and Engagement/PHRs C7M12U1



Key: Foundational Curriculum Modules

The following table provides details about each module listed in the “Foundational Curriculum Module” column above. The Foundational Curriculum for eHealth is now online at http://ehealthwork.eu/fc/overview.html.  All units can be accessed individually and directly by clicking on the links in the table in the List of All Clusters, Modules and Units at the bottom of this page.

wdt_IDModuleClusterModule NameModule and Unit Description
1 1 eHealth  Introduction to eHealth An overview of the people, places and processes of eHealth. This course includes an introduction to key concepts and components of eHealth and healthcare. Units include: Introduction to eHealth, The People of eHealth: Roles of eHealth Workers, and The Places of eHealth: eHealth Settings (C1M1U1, C1M1U2, C1M1U2)
2 2 Clinical Process Clinical Practice and Documentation This module provides an overview of how clinicians practice medicine and document care, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others on the allied health team. It also covers clinical workflow basics. The module also includes medical terminology basics. Units include: Clinical Practice and Workflows, Clinical Documentation Basics, Clinical Documentation Principles, Clinical Documentation Requirements, Medical Terminology Basics and Medical Terminology Concepts (C2M2U1, C2M2U2, C2M2U3, C2M2U4, C2M2U5, C2M2U6)
3 3 Clinical Process Business Process and Workflow Design This module details the fundamentals of business workflows and process in a clinical environment, as well as clinical workflow design and redesign. Includes coordination of care, care planning and clinical pathways. Units include: Business Process Design and Business Process Redesign and Care Coordination as Part of the Clinical Workflow (C2M3U1, C2M3U2)
4 4 ICT Process Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Information Systems Overview This module provides a basic overview of computer systems, software and hardware devices, including architecture, data organization and structure; networking and programming basics; as well as terms related to information systems and computing. Units include: Information and Communications Technology Basics and Information and Communications Technology Concepts (C3M4U1, C3M4U2)
5 5 ICT Process General HIT Knowledge/System Use This module provides a continuation of the overview of computer systems with an expansion of general health information system knowledge, use and application into health information technology (HIT) and informatics. Unit: Information Systems and Programming Basics (C3M5U1)
6 6 Informatics Health Information Management, Legal and Coding Topics In this module the management of health information is explored, including access to information, protected health information, confidentiality and system management. This module also includes legal, risk/compliance and ethics topics related to eHealth. It also includes medical coding concepts and billing and reimbursement, financial and account management. Units include: Health Information Management Basics, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Finances and Revenue Cycle, Legal, Risk, Compliance, and Ethics Concepts, and Introduction to Medical Coding (C4M6U1, C4M6U2, C4M6U3, C4M6U4, C4M6U5)
7 7 Informatics The Informatics Process and Principles of Health Informatics This module is an overview of the informatics process with an introduction to the principles of health informatics. Units include: Health Informatics Basics, Health Informatics Principles and The Health Informatics Process (C4M7U1, C4M7U2, C4M7U3)
8 8 EHR Systems Working with Health IT Systems This module provides an introduction to the electronic health/medical record system, including organization-wide as well as departmental systems. This also include system development and implementation/system lifecycle management. Units include: Introduction & Overview: Components of Health IT Systems, Types of EHR Systems: Acute Care Organizational and Departmental Systems, and Non-Acute Care Systems, Principles of System Implementations, Optimizations and Upgrades, and System Maintenance (C5M8U1, C5M8U2, C5M8U3, C5M8U4)
9 9 EHR Systems EHR Modules – Medications, Allergies, Clinical Decision Support and Order Entry In this module clinical modules of the EHR will be covered, including medication administration, documentation and reconciliation; electronic prescribing; allergies documentation; clinical decision support including flags and alerts; and computerized provider order entry. Units include: Medication Administration, Delivery and Reconciliation Systems, Allergies, Alerts and Flags – An Introduction to Clinical Decision Support Systems and Provider Order Entry (C5M9U1, C5M9U2, C5M9U3)
10 10 System Connectivity Interoperability, Interfaces and Integration of eHealth This module provides a brief overview of data interoperability, including health information exchange, interfaces and integration. Also, includes standards and protocols including basic organizational methodologies of HL7, ISO and other standards organizations. Units include: Interoperability, Interfaces, Integration of eHealth and Standards and Protocols (C6M10U1, C6M10U2, C6M10U3, C6M10U4)


List of All EU*US eHealth Work Project

Foundational Curriculum Clusters, Modules and Units

with Links Providing Access to All Units

Cluster Name Module name Unit Number/ Link Unit Name
eHealth Introduction to eHealth C1M1U1 Unit 1: An Overview of eHealth
C1M1U2 Unit 2: The People of eHealth:  Roles of eHealth Workers 
C1M1U3 Unit 3: The Places of eHealth: eHealth Settings 
Clinical Process Clinical Practice and Documentation C2M2U1 Unit 1: Clinical Practice and Workflows
C2M2U2 Unit 2:  Clinical Documentation Basics
C2M2U3 Unit 3: Clinical Documentation Principles
C2M2U4 Unit 4:  Clinical Documentation Requirements
C2M2U5 Unit 5: Medical Terminology Basics
C2M2U6 Unit 6: Medical Terminology Concepts
Business Process and Workflow Design C2M3U1 Unit 1:  Business Process Design and Business Process Redesign
C2M3U2 Unit 2:  Care Coordination as Part of the Clinical Workflow
ICT Process Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Information Systems Overview C3M4U1 Unit 1:  Information and Communications Technology Basics
C3M4U2 Unit 2:  Information and Communications Technology Concepts
General HIT Knowledge/System Use C3M5U1 Unit 1:  Information Systems and Programming Basics
Informatics Health Information Management, Legal and Coding Topics C4M6U1 Unit 1:  Health Information Management Basics
C4M6U2 Unit 2:  HIM: Healthcare Administration
C4M6U3 Unit 3: HIM: Healthcare Finances and Revenue Cycle
C4M6U4 Unit 4: HIM: Legal, Risk, Compliance, and Ethics Concepts
C4M6U5 Unit 5: Introduction to Medical Coding
The Informatics Process and Principles of Health Informatics C4M7U1 Unit 1:  Health Informatics Basics
C4M7U2 Unit 2:  Health Informatics Principles
C4M7U3 Unit 3: The Health Informatics Process
EHR Systems Working with Health IT Systems C5M8U1 Unit 1:  Introduction & Overview: Components of Health IT Systems
C5M8U2 Unit 2:  Types of EHR Systems: Acute Care Organizational and Departmental Systems, and Non-Acute Care Systems
C5M8U3 Unit 3: Principles of System Implementations, Optimizations and Upgrades
C5M8U4 Unit 4: System Maintenance
EHR Modules – Medications, Allergies, Clinical Decision Support and Order Entry C5M9U1 Unit 1:  Medication Administration, Delivery and Reconciliation Systems
C5M9U2 Unit 2:  Allergies, Alerts and Flags – An Introduction to Clinical Decision Support Systems
C5M9U3 Unit 3: Provider Order Entry
System Connectivity Interoperability, Interfaces and Integration of eHealth C6M10U1 Unit 1:  Interoperability
C6M10U2 Unit 2:  Interfaces
C6M10U3 Unit 3: Integration of eHealth
C6M10U4 Unit 4: Standards and Protocols
Telehealth, Telemedicine and mHealth C6M11U1 Unit 1:  Telehealth and Telemedicine
C6M11U2 Unit 2:  mHealth
Patient and Device Integration/Research Patient Centered Interactions, Population Management and Public Health Informatics C7M12U1 Unit 1:  Patient Identification, Enablement and Centered Interactions
C7M12U2 Unit 2:  Population Management in eHealth
C7M12U3 Unit 3: Public Health and Public Health Informatics
Research, Biomedicine and Device Development C7M13U1 Unit 1:  Research and Biomedicine Concepts in eHealth 
C7M13U2 Unit 2:  Medical Technology and Device Development
Data Collection of Data and Knowledge Management C8M14U1 Unit 1:  Collection of Data
C8M14U2 Unit 2: Knowledge Management
Data Analytics, Modeling and Reporting C8M15U1 Unit 1:  Data Analytics
C8M15U2 Unit 2:  Data Modeling
C8M15U3 Unit 3: Data Reporting
Safety and Security Quality and Safety in eHealth C9M16U1 Unit 1:  eHealth Quality Concepts 
C9M16U2 Unit 2:  eHealth Safety Concepts
Data Protection and Security in eHealth C9M17U1 Unit 1:  Data Protection
C9M17U2 Unit 2:  Data Security
Leadership & Management Administration, Leadership and Management of eHealth C10M18U1 Unit 1:  eHealth Management
C10M18U2 Unit 2:  eHealth Administration and Leadership
C10M18U3 Unit 3: Policies and Procedures in eHealth
Project and Resource Management C10M19U1 Unit 1:  Project and Program Management in eHealth
C10M19U2 Unit 2:  Staffing and Resource Management
Management of Issues, Communication, Change and Stakeholders C10M20U1 Unit 1:  Issue Management
C10M20U2 Unit 2:  Communication Management
C10M20U3 Unit 3: Change Management
C10M20U4 Unit 4:  Stakeholder Management
Teaching, Training and Education in eHealth C10M21U1 Unit 1:  Learning Concepts in eHealth
C10M21U2 Unit 2:  Teaching and Training Concepts in eHealth