Distributing data skills in medicine
Technology is increasingly at the heart of healthcare and its future. Data is opening up new opportunities for improved care through life-changing science, monitoring devices, better diagnostics, and optimised clinical pathways.
These developments create new challenges for medical professionals. In addition to the essential knowledge and experience of medical practice, new skills are required to understand, analyse, interpret, and utilise data sets and respond critically and creatively.
In our research into current medical training, it is clear that formal training is not keeping up with rapidly changing technological advancements, leaving young professionals lacking in these essential skills. In addition, developing greater multi-disciplinary collaboration across medical teams will support the use of data and improve effectiveness.
So, how might we provide every qualified medical professional with the critical, technical, creative and human-centred skills to understand and work with data as part of their future practice?