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Volume 2: Issue 1

The ICanFunction mHealth Solution (mICF): A project bringing equity to health and social care within a person-centered approach

By Stefanus Snyman, MD; Olaf Kraus de Camargo, MD, PhD; Heidi Anttila, PhD; Sabina van der Veen, MPH; Hillegonda Stallinga, PhD; Thomas Maribo, PhD; Jaana Paltamaa, PhD; Joanne Valerius, PhD; Matilde Leonardi, MD, PhD; Catherine Sykes; Petteri Weckström; Dirk Wagener; Darelle van Greunen, PhD

Systems for health must evolve to become learning systems, facilitating the implementation of Universal Health Coverage, the integration of social and health services, and the democratization of health data to put service users at the center. The ICanFunction mHealth Solution (mICF) is described and its application explored. mICF’s primary aim is to empower service users to achieve health equity through communication of their needs and aspirations with service providers. Furthermore, mICF has potential to become a tool to enhance interprofessional teamwork and to provide meaningful data for policy development to attain health equity.

Micro-credentials and the shifting healthcare ecosystem

By Kathryn Jackson, RHIA; Rebecca Holton, CFRE; Susan Hart-Hester, PhD, RHIA; and William J. Rudman, PhD, RHIA

As professional roles within the healthcare ecosystem continue to shift, and their associated competencies and skills evolve, new training modalities and validation processes must be identified. Changes to the roles and functions of the members of the interprofessional care team have left employers seeking ways to efficiently train and redeploy workers to provide high-quality patient care. Team members will be required to take on new responsibilities, including leading interprofessional teams, as well as coding and associated systems, and value-based care and reimbursement. This article explores the development, validation, and implementation of micro-credentials as a means for new and incumbent workers to demonstrate mastery of knowledge obtained through training, including online micro-learning modules.

New and needed research to understand credentialing needs and continued competence

By Roy A. Swift, PhD

From healthcare to manufacturing, U.S. industry sectors are undergoing seismic shifts. The continual introduction of new technologies is transforming industry needs, necessitating new skills and job roles, and requiring workers to reskill and upskill rapidly. This article highlights findings from a U.S. manufacturing research study that is relevant to health care and other industries facing a skills mismatch. In addition, it explores the need for new research examining the continued competence of the workforce in a climate of life-long learning.

Healthcare Workforce in India: the reality and emergence

By Sabu Karakka Mandapam, M.App.Sc, PhD

The growing healthcare delivery system in India is facing many challenges, notably the availability of a skilled and technically-competent healthcare workforce. Reports estimate that 7.4 million skilled workers are needed to provide healthcare services in India - a shortage is reflected in nearly every healthcare disciplines. With the determination of achieving Universal Health coverage by 2020, India has introduced one of the largest Health Insurance schemes, under the National Health Protection (NHP) Mission, offering coverage to 500 million people. The success of many healthcare initiatives like NHP requires the support of skilled and technically competent manpower. The need for two million doctors by 2030, a shortage of 2.5 million nurses, and a supply/demand gap of 6.5 million Allied Health workers demonstrate the necessity for a major transformation in health education in the professional sector in India. This article explores various dimensions of existing and future demands on the healthcare workforce in India.

Mission at Work: The Lake County Eco-System – Partnerships within a community

By Gina Schuyler

Supporting partnerships is a primary focus of the re-authorization of the Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century (Perkins V) has a focus of partnerships within the community. The Act encourages Career and Technical Schools to work closely with their local workforce boards, business and industry and local community colleges. Even though this Act was recently re-authorized, this supportive partnership already exists in Lake County, IL. Lake County has the potential to be the model for the new vision of this re-authorization.