The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in Digital Healthcare, aims to provide the skills needed to bridge the gap between health and technology knowledge and prepares the personnel involved in Italian private and public healthcare services, by providing digital-technological methods, tools and competencies concerning the healthcare sector, within the reference regulatory framework, for the purpose of developing and adopting patient-centred solutions that can meet the requests of the public, while developing new business opportunities.
The multi-disciplinary course provides the competencies necessary to overcome the gap between health-related knowledge and digital-technical skills, to support the correlation between the changes to the healthcare ecosystem and the development and introduction of digital solutions backed by health-based evidence. This goal – which is even more necessary after the Covid-19 pandemic – is promoted by the digital transformation process provided for by the PNRR for the Italian healthcare services, within Mission 6.
The course units of the Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in Digital Healthcare allow attendees to develop knowledge and competencies on digital healthcare methods and tools, within the reference regulatory framework, and with particular focus on users.
Participants will be provided with the basic elements that characterize the current context of the Italian health services sector in order to identify possible future scenarios, as well as to recognize the potential, limitations and development prospects of digital tools applicable in the field of health care.
Students will be able to select the use of the multiple tools of digital health care in relation to the needs of the different types of users/caregivers to be considered; to design the introduction of a process of “digital transformation” of health care services; and to plan its implementation both from the organizational point of view and in terms of developing the skills of operators and users.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in Digital Healthcare is addressed to personnel involved in Italian private and public healthcare services.
Career opportunities include public and private healthcare units and research institutes, other companies belonging to the healthcare ecosystem (e.g. pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnological manufacturing companies), as well as healthcare organizational and IT consultancy firms.
For healthcare service employees, upgrading their competencies in the digital healthcare sector can enable them to carry out cutting-edge tasks by using new technologies and developing a new way to interact with patients.
Furthermore, they can work in the design and implementation of PNRR programs, and in the fields already provided for by community funding for the healthcare sector.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in Digital Healthcare includes topics divided into the six following Thematic Areas (TA):
TA 1: CURRENT SCENARIOS AND MAIN EVOLUTIONARY LINES OF THE ITALIAN NHS AND SRG
- The evolution of the NHS and SRG
- New healthcare service organizational models
- Complex patient classification systems to develop the Population Health Management
- Healthcare system government information – Part 1
TA 2: (STATE-OF-THE-ART) HEALTHCARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
- Healthcare system government information – Part 2
- Medical devices, wearable devices and sensors
- IT security
- Man-machine interface: user-friendly systems
TA 3: DATA-DRIVEN HEALTHCARE
- Big Data and their potential
- Data quality and governance (open data)
- Data integration and secondary use
- Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence
- Medical decision-making support software
TA 4: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR
- New technologies
- New media for support, communication and training
- Patient engagement
TA 5: INTRODUCTION AND SUSTAINABILITY OF HC DIGITIZATION
- Digital change design
- Digital change introduction
- Digital change competencies
- Digital healthcare costs/benefits
TA 6: ETHICAL-LEGAL ASPECTS
- Ethics and responsibility of digital healthcare operators
- Data privacy, transparency, and information use
- Apps as medical devices
The general ranking of merit for the academic year 2023/24 will be published on the Italian page of this Master according to the timing provided in the Call.
Yes, previous credits will be recognized for applicants with post-graduate titles or professional experiences in line with the Second-level Short Specialisation Degree (up to 20 CFU, and for documented professional experience up to 12 CFU).
The course includes 352 hours of lessons, 40 hours of practice, 160 hours of traineeship, and 150 hours of project work. Lessons will be held on weekends, on Friday and Saturday. In-person attendance is required, even though a dual mode will be allowed. The lessons will be held at the Oncology and Gastroenterology Surgical Science Department – DISCOG. There will also be hands-on and small-group research activities. The lesson calendar is being defined and it will be notified as soon as available. Besides the lessons, there is also the option of doing a traineeship at one of the affiliated Institutions or Companies, or to complete a project work. At the end of the course, attendees will be required to complete and discuss a final dissertation on the topics covered by the Master.