Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Assessing Competencies Needed to Engage With Digital Health Services: Development of the eHealth Literacy Assessment Toolkit | Karnoe | Journal of Medical Internet Research

 


During the preceding decade, rapid change in health information technology has occurred. The changes have introduced new confounding variables into the health system.  Some of these attributes have allegedly contributed to physician burnout.

The use of EHRs, Artificial intelligence, diagnostic and treatment algorithms require a knowledge base for healthcare professionals.  OJT (on the job training) is not an efficient means to develop these skills. Competency for medical professionals is no longer limited to scientific and clinical skills. A new dimension has been added to the mix.

There are two cohorts that require training.

     1. Postgraduate physicians
     2..Undergraduate and trainees.

As time proceeds more undergraduates and trainees will obtain these skills during their formal years of training.  Likewise, postgraduate physicians will have obtained those skills during their formal training years/

Background: To achieve full potential in user-oriented eHealth projects, we need to ensure a match between the eHealth technology and the user’s eHealth literacy, described as knowledge and skills. However, there is a lack of multifaceted eHealth literacy assessment tools suitable for screening purposes.

Objective: The objective of our study was to develop and validate an eHealth literacy assessment toolkit (eHLA) that assesses individuals’ health literacy and digital literacy using a mix of existing and newly developed scales.

These measures are now an essential component of competency in medicine. 


JMIR-Assessing Competencies Needed to Engage With Digital Health Services: Development of the eHealth Literacy Assessment Toolkit | Karnoe | Journal of Medical Internet Research

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