Digital teaching as an instrument for cross-location teaching networks in medical informatics: opportunities and challenges

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  • Nils-Hendrik Benning
  • Martin Haag
  • Petra Knaup
  • Dagmar Krefting
  • Otto Rienhoff
  • Markus Suhr
  • Inga Hege
  • Daniel Tolks

The increasingly digitized healthcare system requires new skills from all those involved. In order to impart these competencies, appropriate courses must be developed at educational institutions. In view of the rapid development of new aspects of digitization, this presents a challenge; suitable teaching formats must be developed successively. The establishment of cross-location teaching networks is one way to better meet training needs and to make the necessary spectrum of educational content available. As part of the Medical Informatics Initiative, the HiGHmed consortium is establishing such a teaching network, in the field of medical informatics, which covers many topics related to the digitization of the health care system. Various problem areas in the German education system were identified that hinder the development of the teaching network. These problem areas were prioritized firstly according to the urgency of the solution from the point of view of the HiGHmed consortium and secondly according to existing competencies in the participating societies. A workshop on the four most relevant topics was organized with experts from the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), the Society for Medical Education (GMA) and the HiGHmed consortium. These are: recognition of exam results from teaching modules that are offered digitally and across locations, and their integration into existing curricula; recognition of digital, cross-location teaching in the teachers' teaching load; nationwide uniform competencies for teachers, in order to be able to conduct digital teaching effectively and with comparable quality; technical infrastructure to efficiently and securely communicate and manage the recognition of exam results between educational institutions. For all subject areas, existing preliminary work was identified on the basis of working questions, and short- and long-term needs for action were formulated. Finally, a need for the redesign of a technologically supported syntactic and semantic interoperability of learning performance recording was identified.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberDoc56
JournalGMS Journal for Medical Education
Issue number6
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 16.11.2020

    Research areas

  • Health sciences - education, distance, medical informatics, computer unser training, teaching networks