E-Health technology competencies for health professionals working in home care to support older adults to age in place
competencies, nurses, professionals, technology, CanMEDS, health care, eHealth, health information technologies, ambient assisted living, mobile health
This paper describes the health care professionals' competencies and requirements needed for the use of eHealth technologies to support elderly adults to age in place. In addition, this paper underscores the need for further discussion of the changing role of health care professionals working in home care within the context of emerging eHealth care technologies. The findings are of value to local and central government, health care professionals, service delivery organizations, and commissioners of care to use this paper as a framework to conduct and develop competencies for health care professionals working with eHealth technologies.
The demand for care is increasing, whereas in the near future the number of people working in professional care will not match with the demand for care. eHealth technology can help to meet the growing demand for care. Despite the apparent positive effects of eHealth technology, there are still barriers to technology adoption related to the absence of a composite set of knowledge and skills among health care professionals regarding the use of eHealth technology.
Barakat, A., Woolrych, R., Kort, H. S. M., Sixsmith, A., & Kearns, W. D. (2013). E-Health technology competencies for health professionals working in home care to support older adults to age in place: Outcome of a two day collaborative workshop. Medicine 2.0, 2(2), e10-e-12. doi:10.2196/med20.2711