Healthcare professionals are constantly challenged to remember and utilize large quantities of information; much of this growth has been spurred by the increased use of technology. This surge has led to improved and new computer-based tools for many healthcare activities and to an explosion in the marketplace of tools used in instruction and education of healthcare workers. For training and development, e-learning now plays a major role in delivering effective educational content to healthcare professionals.
Healthcare organizations that choose to utilize interactive, e-learning technology will benefit from the reduce costs formerly associated with travel expenses formally associated with sending employees to off-site locations or events. While collaborating with other professionals in the industry is still important, utilizing e-learning can help organization scale training across a singular platform that allows access to multiple personnel. Interactive presentations and systems can also attract and hold the participant’s interest and attention, enhancing their learning and retention gained from the course. This can be especially helpful when trying to ensure that employees meet compliance training standards on such topics as HIPAA, safety compliance, and blood borne pathogens.
E-learning platforms allow trainers to develop training can be completed at the employee’s own pace. The material can be modularized, which allows the learner to absorb small bits of information at a time. Many e-learning companies include a host of tools that can be used to reinforce the learning such as the option to submit PowerPoint slides, videos, create quizzes, engage in discussion boards, earn points and badges through a gamification process.
Learning & Development (L&D) teams for healthcare professionals should utilize e-learning systems that combine convenience with interactive technologies that integrate traditional learning modalities with the new technological approaches. Some students may prefer to download the material to make annotations; to accommodate this, some e-learning modules allow learners to make virtual notes directly in the lesson. Transitions between programs or screens, linking to the Internet and class sessions, downloading or printing of the course materials and saving of files or information for future classes or reference use should be simple and easy to use.
The presentation and delivery of the educational material should be easy and efficient to use and tailored to use by both healthcare professionals that have varying levels of technological skills. Also, because many organizations do not have a dedicated L&D department, it is important that the HR professional or individual in charge of training can easily add and delete material and track who has completed training. Much of this can be managed via e-learning systems that allow companies to add multiple facilitators, administrators, and include an automatic certification process upon completion of the training. The effectiveness of interactive learning systems is largely dependent upon the type or form of delivery used in combination with software that is easily used by both novice and expert users. Many healthcare organizations already utilize large and small types of communication systems routinely in the delivery of quality, high-tech healthcare to patients and their community.