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Dr. William Kearns Discusses E-Health Technology Competencies for Health Professionals at the Medicine 2.0 Conference

Dr. William Kearns, with colleagues from Canada and the Netherlands, presented the findings from a two-day collaborative workshop on competencies for professionals working in home-based care.   Their findings revealed that health care professionals working in home care require 1) a subset of composite skills and 2) technology-specific competencies to develop the necessary aptitude in eHealth care. Educating health care professionals with the necessary skill training in eHealth care will improve service delivery and optimise the eHealth care potential to reduce costs by improving efficiency.  Embedding eHealth care competencies within health care professional training and education ensures that the benefits of new technologies also are realized within the larger context of exisiting public sector systems of care.
 
For more about these findings, see the article or contact Dr. Kearns at kearns@usf.edu.