Digital technologies can improve access to health services, reduce costs, increase the quality of healthcare and increase the efficiency of health systems. In order to facilitate the cooperation between the field of information technologies and that of medicine, the TEKWILL project, the National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC) and the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemitanu” signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It lays the foundations for a successful collaboration to develop the “Medtech Vertical 2021” – a comprehensive program designed to increase the opportunities of the ICT sector, promote digital education in the medical sector, support innovation and technological health services. The partnership comes in the context in which the COVID-19 pandemic reconfirmed the potential of technological entrepreneurship to diversify medical services and facilitate access or communication for healthcare professionals.
According to the Memorandum, its signatories aim to develop a series of joint educational programs for the upgrading of medicine, to connect the IT sector to the medical sector, to implement initiatives to create new opportunities, but also to strengthen USMF’s capacity to integrate digital innovations in education.
What are the provisions of the Memorandum?
In this context, the university will contribute to the implementation of educational and entrepreneurial programs, to be carried out by the TEKWILL project, to provide support for updating the curriculum developed within the project, to support the creation of programs dedicated to Medtech and the concept of E-health. In turn, the university will encourage teachers in continuing education to increase their ICT skills and adapt to the current needs of the labour market, as well as supporting public-private initiatives in the field of digital education and career guidance.
According to the document, the National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC) will provide assistance and advice in developing and organizing training courses, workshops, and other educational and training projects. The institution will promote innovation and applied research projects in the field of innovation and technology transfer by encouraging private sector participation in educational activities, research and product development. Likewise, ATIC has undertaken to contribute to the strengthening of the IT entrepreneurial culture at USMF and develop new updated courses or training programs that meet the needs of the industry at local, regional, national and international levels.
International partners support the development of technological entrepreneurship.
At present, all sectors are fundamentally re-evaluating their approach, seeking to apply digital innovation, oriented to the needs of society. Thus, certain areas can benefit significantly and can be transformed with the help of information technologies. Encouraging technological entrepreneurship for the development of different sectors is also among the priorities of the TEKWILL project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Sweden.
With the support of USAID and Sweden, “Tekwill” has been created in 2017 as the Center of Excellence of the ICT sector in Moldova, with the main goal of aligning the field with the requirements of the 21st century. To continue to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the IT industry and other strategic sectors of the economy, the center has expanded its current fields of activity, becoming in 2019 a complex project at national level. The basic objective of the TEKWILL Project, as a platform dedicated to the progress of the IT sector, is to ensure a major impact on the economic development of the country by improving the entrepreneurial and educational capacities of society members, but also the research and development potential of higher education, in line with the demand in the IT market