Telemedicine, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled remote monitoring medical devices, 3D modelling in planning surgeries, blockchain electronic health records are just a few concrete examples of digital transformation in healthcare which have been reshaping how health professionals take decisions and work and interact with patients throughout the past years. This digital transformation that uses Industry 4.0 digital technologies to improve healthcare is referred to as Health 4.0.
In early 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, the importance of the use of such emerging technologies has become even more significant. We have seen millions of 3D printed medical devices being built from 3D scans and models for ventilator valves and visors that have prevented further spread and saved lives. Wearable sensors and devices with embedded Internet of Things (IoT) have made it possible to help monitor patients remotely and also aided with social distancing. Drones have been used to deliver vaccines across countries. These are just a few examples of how digitilisation has been helping the world at having technical solutions available fast at hand when they were needed critically.
At the same time, this continuous digitisation means that healthcare workers need to catch up with these continuously emerging digital technologies. Through the Digi4Health Erasmus+ funded project a novel digital training toolkit and e-learning platform have been developed to assist healthcare professionals and stakeholders in learning more about these technologies. The toolkit includes a number of practical case-studies where such technologies have been implemented including factual examples that have been used to combat COVID-19. The Digi4Health project is coordinated by MECB Ltd from Malta and includes another five partners from different EU Member states. Further information including access to free project resources is available from www.digi4h.eumecb.com.
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