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How eLearning is Changing the Health Industry

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The health industry is currently in the midst of major shifts, from all directions.
Many of changes pertain not only to things like insurance and costs, but also operational shifts.
For example, in the stimulus bill passed in 2009, $19 billion was allocated for U.S. hospitals and doctors to spend on implementing electronic healthcare records. Additionally, those health professionals that don’t begin utilizing electronic records by the end of 2015 will face cuts in reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid patients.
That’s not the only way things are changing on the health horizon. Medical software used in hospitals and healthcare provider locations is also changing.
There’s also an influx of patients, particularly older patients, and doctors, nurses and other care providers are having to become more efficient, more effective and take on larger loads.
So how can we address that issue?
In much the same way the health records issue is being tackled—through technology.
eLearning is quickly becoming the preeminent way to  train members of the health community for a number of reasons.
A few of the reasons eLearning is ideal for the health industry include:

  • This type of learning content management system training and information delivery saves time and money. Employees aren’t sidelined to undergo expensive and time-consuming classroom training and can instead remain productive in their jobs while also receiving continual and in-depth training.
  • eLearning and learning management systems work incredibly well throughout all industries but particularly health professions because they allow for the use of multimedia elements like scenarios, providing an environment where it’s safe to fail while you learn.
  • There is no room for error amongst health professions. With the use of an LMS it’s possible to track the progress and level of knowledge retention received during training to prevent future issues or even disastrous mistakes.
  • There is a shortage of health professionals and by delivering in-depth, robust training it leads to doctors, nurses and others in the health industry who feel more capable and equipped to do their job, which means a higher level of retention and less turnover in hospitals and in doctor’s offices.

As the health industry faces modernized changes and technology-based shifts, it’s becoming increasingly evident now is the time to embrace similar ideas of technology in order to keep professionals in this industry well-trained and on the cusp of new knowledge.