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On 21 November 2020, the CPME Board adopted the ’CPME Policy on Digital Competencies for Doctors’ (CPME 2020/100 FINAL).

Digital health technologies are changing the way health and care are delivered, reshaping medical practice and the patient-doctor relationship. Digital health literacy (DHL) of healthcare professionals is a crucial component of efficient and effective transformation of health care.

With this policy paper, CPME intends to highlight that doctors should possess strong digital skills framed and adapted to their medical specialty. At present, neither the practicing health professionals nor the generation in training are adequately prepared.

To benefit from the opportunities offered by digital solutions, in particular due to educational shortcomings during the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors need to understand how digital solutions will support or augment their capabilities. They need to be involved in the early stages of their development and understand technologies’ limitations as to form realistic expectations and reduce misconceptions about their role and usefulness. They need to ensure appropriate professional oversight over clinical validation, while remaining cautious on the overreliance of technology.