Digital growth in Austria

The digital transformation of Austria is ever-evolving: the country is constantly growing in different digital fields while taking many important steps and initiatives towards further improvement. 

One of Austria’s goals through further digitalization is to become one of the leading digital nations of Europe.  The country also aims to expand prosperity, job opportunities, and most importantly, to improve the overall quality of life in the long term.

According to the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), Austria ranks 10th among 27 EU Member States in 2021.

When talking about Human Capital, Austria performs above the EU average in all the indicators except ‘Enterprises providing ICT training’, in which, at 18%, Austria is slightly below the EU average of 20%. 

In connectivity, Austria performs very well on mobile coverage, with 50% of populated areas covered by 5G services which is a great accomplishment.

New technological developments affect every part of our daily lives. Austria is putting a lot of effort into trying to digitize many different aspects and details of Austria’s citizen’s life, including health and education system. Healt system digital solutions are a crucial innovation, especially during the pandemic and it makes the system more simple and available for everyone that needs it.

ELGA, Austrian initiative for unified electronic patient records, has been in use since 2014 and it is constantly growing in its reach and capabilities. The system offers an array of digital health applications and it is well connected to the financing system. E-Healthcare has many advantages that include boosting efficacy and reducing the cost of care. 

Today’s digitalization represents the biggest change in economic activity, employment and communications, and is fundamentally changing the way we live, interact, and the way we study.

Austria’s educational system is always trying to adapt to digitalized ways of education through new modern teaching skills and digital tools and applications. 

In the digitalization of public services, Austria is among the frontrunners. For example, the country scores high in the number of internet users connecting to e-government services: 81% compared to an EU average of 64%. In the open data readiness, Austria makes a score of 90% compared to the EU average that is 78%. 

The country wants to accomplish many priorities with further digitalization, some of which are creating new opportunities for growth, jobs, prosperity, and generally a better future for the country’s citizens. 

Furthermore, National Coalition wanted to enrich the work in Austria with implementing digital skills certification framework for upskilling across the country. This provided key lessons from practitioners and understanding points of consideration from across the community.

All in all, Austria’s digital transformation and growth open many new possibilities and changes for the future and it allows everyone to do a better and more efficient job in the environmental economy which is constantly changing due to the development of advanced technologies. (photo credit: Pete Linforth/Pixabay)