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Secure Hospitals EU is an initiative, coordinated by Interspread GmbH, funded through the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which aims to support the development of digital skills and cybersecurity awareness for professionals in the field of medicine and healthcare. 

The initiative brings together stakeholders from the public and private sector, academia, industry, and healthcare institutions, including the European Commission, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Timelex, Fundació Privada Hospital Asil de Granollers, COOSS, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Wien, Johanniter International, and European Ageing Network amongst others. The project aims to raise awareness of cybersecurity, including the need for protection and most common cyber risks, for healthcare staff and organisations through the provision of tailor-made packages with training programmes for professionals in the field, combining different approaches to training. 

The initiative offers an Online Awareness and Information Hub, which seeks to offer information, materials, online/face-to-face training courses and technical solutions for cybersecurity in healthcare settings. As of December 2020, the training courses under the framework of the project are offered in several EU Member States: Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and also in the United Kingdom. The project also seeks to aggregate and analyse knowledge on existing cybersecurity practices and strategies across healthcare organisations and analyse and elaborate information in order to contribute to a common understanding of the technology amongst different practitioners. 

The initiative Secure Hospitals EU has been successful in raising awareness on cybersecurity practices and risks in Europe, with several related initiatives stemming from the original one: massive open online course (MOOC), online school for medical practitioners, and a self-assessment tool, Curriculum Wizard, to assess training needs and employees' cybersecurity understanding. The initiative is also carrying out several webinars and workshops online and in Europe, in addition to a summer school. So far, more than 100 training courses by different providers have been offered via the initiative in 14 languages and across 6 different topics of competence. The project is scalable and sustainable, and aims to build a map of best practices in cybersecurity, with which to guide medical professionals. 

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Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital technology / specialisation
Digital skill level
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Industry - field of education and training
Database and network design and administration
Software and applications development and analysis
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International initiative
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