DISH – Digital &Innovation Skills Helix in Health

A wide range of eHealth solutions have been developed and proposed so far, with the objective of ensuring good quality care, despite the decrease of resources to the demographic demand. Some of these solutions are already aiming at supporting health care workers to ensure more transparent communication channels and empowering patients and relatives to better participate in their own health. However, many of these solutions are not deployed to a full potential within the health care providers, namely for lack of sufficient digital skills to make solutions work well across sectors and in a multidisciplinary environment.
The Erasmus+ DISH project will address this key challenge by establishing a triple helix partnership consisting of health care providers, educational institutions and enterprise representatives in each of the 6 countries involved in the project. To these national ecosystems, two wide-European organisations (i.e. European Connected Health Alliance, ECHAlliance, and European Health Management Association, EHMA) are added to promote wide dissemination and stakeholders’ involvement.

The objective of the DISH project is therefore to look into the present and future skills needs, in order to succeed with the necessary digitalisation in the sector, and will on that basis develop, test and present different concepts, which will provide health care staff with innovation readiness and digital skills, enabling them to better see the opportunities in how and where to apply eHealth solutions.
The project aims to provide real-life solutions to everyday situations; thus the trainings will be presented as a “on the job training concept”, where simulation in a secure and less stressful environment is an important aspect. In each country a minimum of 100 health care staff will be involved in the learning innovation unit and receive training in the testing phase in order to test usability. Each participant will receive a certificate of participation with an assessment and acknowledgement of the skills and competences that they have obtained.
The overall aim of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the EU 2020 Strategy as well as the main goals of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) in terms of skills development and job creation. The project responds to the “Agenda for New Skills and Jobs”, equipping future and present staff in the health care sector with the right skills to face the challenges in the sector.
Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Instituto de Investigación Polibienestar (UV) and The Health Department Valencia-La Fe (IISLAFE) will work on test sites, and creating the learning innovation units. They will also work together to carry on the training for health care staff.

About the project
DISH is a pan-European Sector Skills Alliance led by the Region of Southern Denmark (Hospital of Southern Jutland), and brings together 19 organizations in total. The consortium is well balanced in terms of involvement from healthcare providers to academia, as well as public and non-profit organizations:

  • Southern Jutland Hospital (SHS) – Denmark
  • South Denmark European Office (SDEO) – Denmark
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) – Norway
  • University College Lillebaelt (UCL) – Denmark
  • Welfare Tech – Denmark
  • Norwegian Smart Care Cluster (NSCC) – Norway
  • Vaksdal Municipality – Norway
  • The Health Department Valencia-La Fe (IISLAFE) – Spain
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) – Spain
  • Polibienestar Research Institute – Spain
  • European Health Management Association (EHMA) – Belgium
  • European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) – Ireland
  • NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – United Kingdom
  • Edge Hill University (EHU) – United Kingdom
  • E-Health Cluster LTD – United Kingdom
  • Lübeck University (THL) – Germany
  • BioCon Valley GMBH (BCV) – Germany
  • University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) – Germany
  • John Paul II Hospital (JP2) – Poland

DISH project has received funding from the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, Action Type: Sector Skills Alliances (SSAs). The aim of this specific action is to design how to tackle skills, aligning vocational education and training (VET) systems with labour market needs.


DISH project has received funding from the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, Action Type: Sector Skills Alliances (SSAs).

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