Skills for Health Thematic Innovation Ecosystem

Skills for Health Thematic Innovation Ecosystem

Starts at:

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 - 09:00

Ends at:​

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 - 10:30

Skills for Health Thematic Innovation Ecosystem

Building resilient health and care systems: preparing the health workforce for the digital future

About this event

Today’s digital health and care landscape is one of telehealth, electronic health records, data analytics, public health surveillance systems and artificial intelligence. Yet, health and care professionals often lack the knowledge, skills, equipment and support necessary to adapt to this new environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for digitally-enabled and -supported health systems, as well as digitally-capable health and care professionals.

A country’s ability to cultivate a digitally skilled and innovation-ready health and care workforce is one of the most important factors underpinning national success in digital health.

This second Skills for Health Ecosystem event will examine specific digital needs and challenges through the lens of three target groups: citizens and carers, health and care practitioners, digital health specialists. It will further address:

  • PLANNING – how to identify the skills for health needs
  • NOW – outline key strategies and perceptions from ecosystems
  • FUTURE – explore the future workforce skill needs
  • ACTION – establish the next steps for the Skills for Health Ecosystem

The event begins at 10AM Central European Time (6PM Australian Eastern Standard Time).


RMIT – Acknowledgement of Country

Introduction and Welcome

  • Andy Bleaden, Director of Ecosystems and Memberships, ECHAlliance

Survey Results and Highlights from Ecosystems Around the Globe – Skills for Health Snapshot

  • Caroline Strudwick (Southern Denmark Ecosystem) International Specialist Advisor, Team Coordinator, Business Development, Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark
  • Kerryn Butler-Henderson (Melbourne Australia Ecosystem), Director Digital Health, RMIT University

Determining Skill Needs

Case studies

Rehab|DK is a user-friendly digital rehabilitation solution with +700 video-based training exercises designed to give users access to their at-home training program when and where it suits them. The solution supports an individualized, monitored and integrated rehabilitation process from the immediate post-op rehab at the hospital to the municipal rehabilitation services. The solution includes PROM data entered by the patients, which gives the healthcare professionals access to information about which exercises the patient has done, whether they are following the plan and data about pain development and potential new issues and challenges. Kristoffer will provide insights into the digital solution now – and in the future – with a perspective on the users from different target groups across patients, relatives, municipal care staff, physiotherapists, GPs and hospital staff.

Sleeptite is an innovation and technology company with a focus on creating world-leading products for the connected bedroom of the future, whether it be in a home, hospital, prison, barracks, or boarding school. In July 2018, Sleeptite (alongside project partners: RMIT University and Sleepeezee Bedding Australia) received a Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) Grant from the Australian Federal Government, to develop a non-invasive, aged care resident, night-time monitoring, and alert system named REMi. Sleeptite’s REMi is a world-first ‘nearable’ technology that enables the aged care workforce to non-intrusively monitor residents during the night and receive alerts at critical moments such as if a resident falls, is at risk of falling, is at risk of getting pressure sores, or if other health parameters change. REMi has proven to detect respiratory and heart rate data in the lab and will soon enter a sleep diagnostic trial with researchers from Flinders University and RMIT University. Sleeptite has also designed, developed, and commercialised innovative adjustable beds, mattresses, and other sleep-related products.

Interactive Breakout Sessions

  1. Citizens and carers
  2. Health providers; other health and care workers
  3. Specialist digital health workforce

Closing Remarks and Announcement of next Skills for Health Thematic Innovative Ecosystems

Organised by:

ECHAlliance – European Connected Health Alliance is a Global Connector for Digital Health, facilitating multi-stakeholder connections around ecosystems, driving sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care.

The South Denmark Ecosystem – The Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark is the central division for health innovation in the Region of Southern Denmark. We support the hospitals, social and psychiatric facilities and pre-hospital services in the region in developing sustainable health and social care services that tackle current and future challenges. With innovation as our central focus, our work always starts with the needs of the users and we employ co-creation to develop strong solutions that add value for the citizens and for the health- and social care sector. The Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark coordinates the regional ecosystem and the activities in the ECHAlliance and the EIP on AHA (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing).

Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem – The first Australian Ecosystem within the ECHAlliance network and was launched in Melbourne in November of 2019. It brings together a community of stakeholders to find common solutions to health challenges in our region, aiming to break down silos, transform healthcare delivery and create economic growth. Through sharing knowledge, best practices on health policy, health models, health innovations, health trends across the globe, the Alliance and Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem serves as a gateway to international networks. Hosted by RMIT University and leveraging the RMIT European hub, the Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem participates and supports research partnerships and industry engagement.

RMIT’s ECP Post COVID-19 ‘A Healthier Start’ Initiative – focusing on mental and physical health, and the technological digital, scientific, social, and business innovations leading to effective prevention, control, and treatment of disease.


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