Poland's Ministry of Health is organising trainings to boost the ICT skills of senior staff at health care organisations across the country. A series of lectures and workshops is combined with an e-Learning portal to teach medical staff and management about Information and Communication Technologies. The ministry aims to reach at least 1440 health care professionals in an effort to increase their ICT use.
The workshops were announced on 12 September, at a workshop in the Centre for Health Information Systems (Centrum Systemów Informacyjnych Ochrony Zdrowia) in Warsaw. The workshops will run until the summer, and will be organised in twelve provincial capitals.
The courses are open to health care professionals who have contracts with the regional branches of the National Health Fund and to those that provide publicly-funded health care services, such as general practitioners, dentists and midwives.
The the Centre for Health Information Systems published a course schedule in which the training is dived into five blocks. It starts with an overview of ICT health care infrastructure in Poland and identifies barriers and drivers of technological development. A second block is dedicated to the digital management of medical records, including regulations and security. The third part focusses on hospital information systems (HIS) and in a fourth, attendees will learn more about the benefits of electronic health systems. The fifth block introduces the e-Learning platform, including practicing the use of patient records, HIS and telemedicine applications.
Along with presentations and the e-Learning platform, the organisers will organise discussions with the attendees. The e-Learning modules will be kept available for at least three years, writes the Centre for Health Information Systems. That way, those who do not have the time to attend the workshops, will also be able to receive training.
Participation in the training is free. Workshops will be given in Białystok, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Olsztyn, Poznan, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Warsaw and Wroclaw. The project is co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.