About the Project

DigiCare Asia Project - Educating Students for Digitalized Health Care and Coaching of their Patients


Currently the digital skills and competences in supporting and coaching self-management is not commonly a part of the health care curriculum. Digital means are increasingly widely available in Asian society and give new opportunities for health services in supporting patients. The need for self-management support is increasing all the time in the current increasingly aging Asian society. Thus, a formally designed concept for learning the digital skills for supporting and coaching the self-management of patients is needed.


The aim of the project will design a DigiCare Asia model for facilitating health care students to learn how to support and coach self-management of patients more efficiently by digital devices and technologies. DigiCare Asia Model will be a generic model to fit in any local teaching or working culture in health care.

DigiCare Asia model will contain concrete objectives of learning digital health care for self-management of health, best teaching and training practises, and ways to implement in training in real-life environment, to develop skills and knowledge needed in digital nursing and coaching of self-management and evaluation criteria for digital skills in supporting and coaching of self-management.

Project steps

Project process: review of best practices, draft model, piloting, finalizing and publishing the model: model, handbook and community

The Project period is three years, from June 2019 to June 2022.


The concrete results of the project are expected to be the designed DigiCare Asia Model, based on best practices and tested through piloting, DigiCare Handbook, compiling the DigiCare Asia Model with examples for practical use in nursing education. Asian network widens the European DigiNurse Community, and continues to function as a platform and network of health care education experts.

The project aims to impact on the developent of digital health care skills of the students. As part of the piloting, students will be requested to use digital tools and technologies according to the principles in DigiCare Asia model. The activities of the students will be analyzed and used as evidence of the level of mastery in digital care.

The DigiCare model will contain objectives, best practices and evaluation criteria
The DigiDcare model will contain objectives, best practices in teaching and coaching and evaluation criteria for digital health care and support for patient self-management

The DigiCare Asia model impacts and gives a tool package to integrate teaching of the digital patient coaching skills within nursing education.


The project is Funded by Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for higher education Programme.

Partners and co-operators

Partner Universities are from Finland, Portugal, Bangladesh and Vietnam

  • Tampere University of Applied Sciences – TAMK. Coordinator
  • The Nursing School of Coimbra, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra – ESEnfC
  • Hanoi Medical University – HMU
  • Nam Dinh University of Nursing – NDUN
  • Khulna City Medical College and Hospital – KCMCH
  • City Medical College and Hospital CiMCH
  • Universal Medical College and Hospital UMCH