Digitalisation needs to support the frontline nursing workforce

Digitalisation needs to support the frontline nursing workforce

Posted on June 19, 2018

The role that new technologies will play in shaping the future is well-known to the European Commission that has decided to launch a first ever Digital Europe programme and invest €9.2 billion to align the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027 with increasing digital challenges.

As emphasised by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, the impact of digitalisation on healthcare is huge. However, to ensure a smooth transition, it is crucial that digital tools place citizens at the core of the health and social care delivery process. In this context, in their coaching roles, nurses play a fundamental role in empowering patients and increasing citizens’ trust towards eHealth solutions, thanks to the close relation they establish with the patients and their families.

Nurses can make a significant contribution to boost value-based ecosystems, supported by technology, and being part of a culture that empowers patients to evaluate qualitative health outcomes. Therefore, frontline nurses need to be fully involved in the co-design of eHealth tools.