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Laurea is taking part in a project that develops a European master’s degree for digital transformation in health care

Laurea UAS sets out to develop a new master’s programme in specialised digital skills for the health care sector in co-operation with consortium partners from Greece, France and Portugal.

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Laurea UAS is one of the main partners of the European project that is developing a new master’s degree programme, called Master of Managing Digital Transformation in the Health Sector. The new integrated and interdisciplinary programme will equip professionals with the competencies needed to develop digital services in the health sector.

– Healthcare and social welfare sectors are undergoing strong changes both nationally and internationally. Customers can make more and more use of digital services to maintain their well-being. This requires new expertise from both the social and health care professionals who use the services and the multidisciplinary professional groups developing digital services, says Project Manager Outi Ahonen from Laurea.

The programme will be developed in a transnational and intersectoral project during 2022–2026 led by Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon. The project consortium won the European Advanced Digital Skills competition of the Digital Europe programme launched by the European Commission. 

In addition to Laurea and Iscte, the project integrates the following partners: Aristothelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, Universite Gustave Eiffel, Telecommunications Institute, Whymob, Lda., Clinipower Finland Ltd, Mundiserviços – Companhia Portuguesa de Serviços e Gestão, Lda.  All of these consortium partners will participate in developing the programme using their innovative pedagogical and technical skills, building on projects that have already been implemented within the consortium.

The objects of the project are the development of training references for level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework in the digital health sector, the creation of a multidisciplinary learning ecosystem, and the introduction of a pedagogical model that prioritizes problem-oriented learning strategies supported by digital tools. The starting point of the goals is to qualify students who have graduated from the fields of healthcare, social services, business administration, and information and communication technology (ICT) as developers of digital services in the healthcare sector.

Representing four countries, the consortium partners ensure relevant skills and knowledge for the implementation of the project, namely: engineering, organisation and clinical expertise in the health sector, service design, pedagogy, management, advanced technological and digital skills.

In addition to the eight main partners, there are  several associated partners in the project: Health Cluster Portugal, Thessaloniki Women Association With Breast Cancer "Alma Zois", Finnish Diabetes Association, European Network Of Living Labs Ivzw, The Union For Senior Services – Valli, Portuguese Red Cross, Adhd Hellas, Hovi Group Oy.

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