Successful and secure digitized healthcare requires highly qualified personnel. In order to help obtain trained personnel, the SMITH Consortium is establishing training and continuing education programs in the field of medical informatics and related technical interfaces. Experienced professionals, but also students and young professionals can educate themselves for current needs. In order to bundle the various education opportunities, the Joint Expertise Center for Teaching (SMITH-JET) was established within SMITH. The working group brings together the expertise and experience of the consortium partners from academia, research and industry, as well as the newly created Data Integration Centers, and ensures that the current expertise and newly gained experience flow into the education andtraining of new employees and students.
The rapid development of digitization is opening up a range of new, promising opportunities in medicine and healthcare. This progress requires experts with digital skills. Medical professionals must be equipped to competently apply the new technologies in diagnostics and therapy. Healthcare personnel with knowledge about information technology interfaces can better handle health data on a daily basis for the benefit of patients. At the same time, the experience gained from caring for people and their health concerns can support the development of new technologies relevant to their care. But computer scientists also need expertise in the special features of medicine in order to develop methods that are adapted and secure for the healthcare sector. In order to establish new forward-looking innovations, knowledge of the most modern tools of informatics as well as of medical terminology is indispensable. This is the only way to achieve digitally supported, individual patient care.
SMITH wants to enable the dialogue of the professional groups through suitable qualification measures, new professorships and the formation of junior research groups, and thus release the potential that lies therein. In order to design, develop and establish educational opportunities, experts from medicine and health, computer science, pedagogy and the natural sciences from the different SMITH locations work together in the Joint Expertise Center for Teaching, SMITH-JET for short.
With the participation of SMITH-JET, three new part-time medical informatics master’s degree programs have been created at the university locations of Aachen, Jena and Leipzig. In addition, medical applications, subjects in informatics courses are being further developed, and continuing courses are being designed for the urgently needed digital skills education in medical studies. Employees of the SMITH partners can take advantage of further training opportunities or continue their education while working. For this purpose, the SMITH-JET media library with teaching and learning material is provided online.
The education, training and continuing education programs are oriented to the needs of healthcare institutions, IT departments as well as industry and their dynamic developments. In order to keep pace with this development, SMITH-JET, in cooperation with the consortia DIFuture, HIGHmed and MIRACUM of the Medical Informatics Initiative and the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS e. V.), has intensively dealt with the learning objectives of medical and informatics teaching. In this context, the learning objectives should, above all, always be up-to-date, centrally accessible and suitable for different types of degrees.
The planned and already implemented qualification measures are only possible in a network. The partners in medical informatics teaching therefore come together in regular workshops to help shape the digitization process in medicine and healthcare through a vibrant network in Germany and beyond.
As a basis for the ongoing development of medical informatics teaching, SMITH-JET is creating the universally accessible learning objective navigator HI-LONa (Health Informatics – Learning Objective Navigator). SMITH-JET thus makes a decisive contribution to the development of medical informatics teaching of the future.
The link to the HI-LONa learning objectives catalog will be available here shortly.
Agile development of learning objectives
Assignment of current learning objectives to course offerings
Targeted search of course offerings based on learning objectives