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The EU-US Workforce Development Work Group is now Closed. However, we will continue to keep important resources available for you to use and distribute!

Thank You!
Thank you for attending the EU-US Workforce Development Closing Ceremony. If you were unable to attend, the recording is available here and the slides from the ceremony can be viewed here.

The Health IT Competency Interactive Tool and Repository
Visit our Health IT Competency (HITCOMP) Interactive Tool and Repository.
HITCOMP is a searchable database designed for educators, workforce developers, current and future workforce members, eHealth management, staffing experts and other interested parties in healthcare information technology/eHealth. The HITCOMP Tool and Repository can be used to compile information on skills and competencies needed for a variety of healthcare roles, levels and areas of knowledge. Currently, you can sort over 1000 competencies in five domains – Direct Patient Care, Administration, Informatics, Engineering/IS/ICT and Research/Biomedicine. Competencies are associated with a particular level of skill (Baseline, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert). Competencies are also mapped to over 250 health IT-impacted roles in Acute Care in each of the five domains.

There are two types of queries you can perform within HITCOMP: role based and competency based. From the Competency tab, you can perform a search from our database of competencies. With a competency search you can aggregate results by domain, by level, or within 33 areas of competency. From the Roles tab, you can perform a search of eHealth impacted job roles in healthcare. You can filter and sort your search by domain, by job type and service category, and by matching competency levels. You can also display the equivalent role in five European languages (English UK, French, German, Italian and Spanish). A description of each role is given. Finally, you can export your search results from either tab to a file for your own use.

Webinar Recordings and Presentations
All our archived meeting materials can be accessed here.

Scope Statement

  • Working to create strategies for the development of a proficient health IT workforce and assuring healthcare, public health and allied professional work forces have the technology skills needed to enhance their professional experience and performance with eHealth/Health IT.

Goals/Objectives

  • Assessment of the scope, scale and characteristics of the healthcare workforce in the US and EU eHealth capabilities.
  • Assessment of healthcare settings in the US and EU – current status and future trends.
  • Role based competencies, curricula for chosen scenarios in the US and EU. Perform analysis of competencies required by the diverse care workforce that include:
    • professionals in the field;
    • academic track for new professionals (pre-service) and those transitioning from other health disciplines and from mainstream ICT into the health sector;
    • all staff in healthcare delivery, management, administration and support.
    • allied healthcare teams; and
    • health IT professionals.
  • Identify or align learning resources that promote competencies identified in the US and EU.
    • Identify or align educational needs and learning resources (including baseline competencies).
      • Create a needs analysis that examines the current curricula and training which exists, identify the gaps, and develop solutions to bridge the gap (e.g. plan to develop new curricula)
  • Definition and agreement of common eHealth standards of competence and professionalism.


WG Documents Materials


WG Document and Description
WG Document
Riga e-Health Week Presentation (May 2015)

This was the third presentation of the results and deliverables to date of the EU-US Workforce Development Workgroup at eHealth Week in Riga, Latvia, on May 13, 2015. The presentation was entitled A Digital Solution to the EU-US Skilled Health Worker Shortage: The HITCOMP Tool and Repository. The presentation focused on the aggregation and synthesis of over 3,000 pieces of competency and role data into 1000 adopted competencies, from over 15 sources of information in five domains, pertinent to 250 healthcare roles in over 30 areas of concentration. We discussed how this large body of work led to development and population of the HITCOMP Tool and Repository, an interactive, open-source searchable database and tool designed for educators, workforce developers, current and future workforce members, eHealth management, staffing experts and other interested active in workforce development in healthcare information technology/eHealth. Presenters: Rachelle Kaye and Rachelle Blake.

Boston e-Health Business Marketplace and Conference Presentation (October 2014)

This was the second presentation of the EU-US Workforce Development Workgroup’s deliverables and results at the EU-US eHealth Business Marketplace and Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on October 22, 2014. This presentation, entitled The Learning Economy – The Foundation of a Robust Health IT Ecosystem, details how the work of the EU-US Workforce Development Initiative forms a key component of the Health IT Ecosystem, including providing structure, standards, competencies and a curriculum development springboard for a “learning economy” of health IT-impacted roles within healthcare. Presenters: Rachelle Blake, Mary Cleary, Michelle Dougherty and Stathis Konstantinidis.

Athens e-Health Week Presentation (May 2014)

This was the EU-US Workforce Development workgroup’s initial formal presentation of results to date at eHealth Week in Athens, Greece, on May 14, 2014, after our first eight months of weekly meetings. In this presentation, EU-US eHealth Cooperation Initiative – Workforce Development we discussed the background, goals, and initial work performed by the EU-US Workforce Development Community, including the selection of setting, the mapping of roles between the US and EU, and the compiling of the first 250 health IT/eHealth competencies within the Direct Patient Care domain. Presenters: Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACMI, Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA, and William Rudman, PhD, RHIA.



Work Group Members

To view biographies of our work group members, please open this Word document

Deliverables/Action

Deliverables Generated:
  • Identified and began development work in the Acute Care Setting
  • Mapped 250 Acute Care roles to comparable roles in both the EU and US (providing role name equivalents in five major EU languages)
  • Categorized roles into five domains (Direct Patient Care, Administration, Informatics, Engineering/IS/ICT, Research/Biomedicine)
  • Classified roles by HIT Skill Level (from Baseline to Expert) and Type
  • Compiled over 3000 HIT competencies and data components from over 15 information sources, analyzing, cataloging and refining them where necessary and appropriate for Health IT/eHealth
  • Associated domains, levels and one of 33 subject areas to each competency
  • Integrated Bloom’s taxonomy and adult learning principles into competencies
  • Synthesized data down to 1000+ HIT competencies (total), adopting each through a consensus-based process
  • From the resulting exhaustive database of competency information, developed and loaded competencies into the interactive HITCOMP Tool


Call to Action:
  • Skilled eHealth/health IT workforce and eHealth proficiencies
  • Assessment of the scope, scale and characteristics of the healthcare workforce in the US and EU – current status and future trends in terms of eHealth capabilities
  • Assessment of healthcare settings in the US and EU – current status and future trends
  • Role based competencies, curricula for chosen scenarios in the US and EU: Perform analysis of competencies required by the diverse care workforce – (a) professionals in the field; (b) academic track for new professionals (pre-service) and those transitioning from other health disciplines and from mainstream ICT into the health sector (c) all staff in healthcare delivery, management, administration and support
  • Identify or create curricula that addresses the competencies identified in the US and EU
  • Definition and agreement of common standards of competence and professionalism that identify “fitness to practice” health informatics and accreditation of professionals