The development of novel healthcare systems based on ICT requires greater collaboration between healthcare professionals and patients, as well as technological experts, in order to identify those data and information that provide value in the provision of health services, ruling out what is harmful, not validated or certified, untested, or which can be counterproductive for the patient in the management of their health, as well as protecting all fundamental human rights involved. There is a lack of technologic experts or engineers that know well the specific ethical implications of the healthcare applications, and many healthcare center managers are reluctant to all the changes that the technology integration implies.
In this context our partnership recognized that ICT entrepreneurs and future employees of healthcare sector need to increase their technological skills and ethical competencies for what concern how digitalization health innovation can be implemented in a humanistic manner. To face these needs, ATHIKA proposes to create an innovative approach for training and support, aimed at increasing the successful implementation of ICT innovations and initiatives for the European healthcare sector companies and ventures.
ATHIKA will conduct a set of advanced training programs, involving academia, public health entities, SMEs, startups, entrepreneurs and business consultants. The variety of partners profiles will provide a complete perspective of the sector and will enable the identification of the most urgent challenges. Partners will guide students during the trainings and a competition with students from different HEIs and backgrounds collaborating in the development of novel technical and ethical-compliant solutions. ATHIKA will combine the training and competition activities with a set of workshops and symposiums exchanging the project results, knowledge and lessons learnt between the partners, students and other health sector stakeholders all across Europe.