Use of Educational Technology in Healthcare

by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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    00:01 Imagine healthcare education as a vast digital landscape.

    00:05 It's constantly evolving and leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance learning.

    00:10 Now, this is exciting implications for the informatics professional who's interested in information technology and education.

    00:18 Welcome to the world of educational informatics in health care.

    00:23 Now let's start with the concept of e-learning.

    00:26 Picture it as a vast digital library.

    00:28 It's filled with a multitude of books, and each one of them represents a different topic or skill to learn.

    00:34 E-learning leverages digital resources to create rich, interactive and an accessible learning environment.

    00:41 It's like having a 24/7 library at your fingertips, which gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace and at your own convenience.

    00:50 Healthcare organizations can use these platforms to provide and document employee participation and competencies that are required by their accreditation agencies.

    01:00 For example, the annual fire, HIPAA, and sexual harassment trainings are often provided through this medium.

    01:08 Within the digital library.

    01:10 Educational content can be delivered through various tools like tutorials, simulations, virtual reality, and even games.

    01:18 The most common of these in the health care world are tutorials like this one, that walk you through a specific topic step by step.

    01:26 A common example of simulations are obtaining regular CPR certification with practice on mannequins and simulator machines, rather than a traditional live classroom. Consider having an informative perspective on these tools.

    01:42 Knowing that simulations can increase learning, you're in a position to seek out these training opportunities or be a part of the team deciding which approach is best for what you want your employees to learn and demonstrate.

    01:55 But how do leaders know that educational content has been effective in preparing their employees for success? Well, similar to how a director knows that their actors are ready to perform in health care education performance measures are used to assess knowledge, skills, and attitudes of health care professionals.

    02:13 It's like a director providing constructive feedback to the actors, ensuring they're ready for the big stage.

    02:21 Keep in mind that providing education in the digital space has human resource and logistical implications.

    02:27 Every theater production requires a well-trained, compliant, and licensed team behind the scenes. Human resource staff use informatics tools to ensure employee training, adherence to standards and regulations, licensure, and continuing education units.

    02:43 CEUs are used to differentiate expertise and show that the healthcare professionals stay updated according to the standards of their unique professions.

    02:53 Logistically, providing education in digital ways can be complex as different employees need different educational courses, support , and monitoring.

    03:02 For example, the top surgeon of the hospital has very different training needs than the director of the laboratory.

    03:09 Both are medically trained but have different standards to meet.

    03:13 The surgeon will need specific continuing education in surgical techniques and research. The laboratory director will need clear training.

    03:21 Both will need HIPAA.

    03:23 Informatics professionals are often asked to help access, provide, and monitor that they both get the education they need to ensure quality care.

    03:32 From the expansive digital library to the performance on the big stage, each piece of educational informatics plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare education. It's the convergence of technology and education that's transforming the way we learn, grow, and evolve in the healthcare field.

    03:51 So, let's embrace this evolution and step into the future of learning.

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    The lecture Use of Educational Technology in Healthcare by Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN is from the course Healthcare Informatics.

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    1. Tutorials
    2. Simulations
    3. Virtual reality
    4. Games
    1. It can be used to meet accreditation competencies.
    2. It gives the ability to learn at one’s own pace.
    3. It includes simulations, tutorials, and educational games.
    4. It is only available on specific dates and times.
    5. It cannot be used for employee training.

    Author of lecture Use of Educational Technology in Healthcare

     Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

    Rhonda Lawes, PhD, RN

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