Chile needs 2,000 new professionals to start the digital transformation in health

Chile needs 2,000 new professionals to start the digital transformation in health

The challenge is that Epidemic Imposed on health systems around the world, and it has proven Urgent need To integrate technology and foster change in care models for the benefit of users. to me World Health Organization (WHO)It is one of the most important developments for 21st century society.

It is estimated that thanks to technology, a billion people could benefit from better coverage, a billion people will be better protected from emergencies, and a billion people will be healthier. This is what is called a goal ‘Three thousand million’Set forth in the WHO Program 2019-2023.

To realize these benefits, Chile must progress on Determine the country’s strategy And training of professionals and technicians who are able to implement it.

In 2017 the state did through Corfu, With the support of five universities and various actors in the ecosystem, the National Center for Health Information Systems (CENS), With the aim of overcoming gaps and accelerating crossing this development.

The Building advanced human capital in the field of digital health It is an aspect that has been overlooked by the vast majority of countries according to the World Health Organization itself. And our report is no exception: a report from the Corfo Technology Center estimated that we lack 3,500 professionals and technicians dedicated to this challenge.

To do this, CENS has developed two pillars – validated by the ecosystem and partner universities – that will make it possible to reduce this gap. The first is Reference competencies model in health information systems (The only one of its kind in Latin America) and the second one defines five job profiles that seek to boost digital health in Chile.

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Both tools aim to provide the state with the critical mass that facilitates Local adoption of technologies. Through training, certification programs and multiple training, the goal is to achieve a total of two thousand new professionals and technicians in 2022, well prepared and willing to implement technology for application in clinical and management aspects.

It A new training-work routeThe aim of which will be to promote the development of workers in the health sector, in the public and private spheres, and who will be responsible for embodying measures to implement a digital strategy at the country level. This is precisely one of the structural flaws in which we must also come forward with clear definitions.

For this reason, CENS- is in its new stage of development such as Technology CenterDeveloping a clear roadmap that is consistent with the expectations resulting from digital transformation.

Citizens need to understand this Digital transformation is positive, Necessary, important and – in some cases – urgent. At the ecosystem level, all stakeholders must work to incorporate the latest tools that help maximize the benefits for users. Because in its implementation it will be solutions to some of the biggest pains and challenges that our health system faces and will face in the coming decades: the expected and urgent improvement of the Chilean health system.

* DrExecutive Director of the National Center for Health Information Systems (CENS)

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