MediSend International Utilizes Nida System to Train Biomedical Repair Technicians for Developing Country Hospitals

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Graduates of the MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program return to developing country hospitals with the skills to properly install, repair, maintain and operate life-saving biomedical equipment.

Widely recognized for the development and use of technology in its mission to improve healthcare in developing countries, MediSend International is now utilizing innovative training equipment and courseware from Nida Corporation in the MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program. Graduates of the program return to developing country hospitals as BMET qualified biomedical repair technicians with the skills to properly install, repair, maintain and operate essential biomedical equipment. Offering the most comprehensive computer-assisted technical training available, Nida Corporation is the primary provider of basic electronics training for all branches of the US Military.

"Our program is a highly intensive and hands-on six-month education and training curriculum. The Nida system is a valuable supplement to our comprehensive electronics courses," says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, " Knowing the critical tasks that our trainees will perform when they return home, we are constantly striving to provide the best technical training possible."

Currently, ExxonMobil, a major partner in MediSend's Biomedical Repair Training Program, is sponsoring trainees from Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Chad. The trainees are acquiring practical experience on Nida's performance-based training equipment in MediSend's state-of-the-art biomedical repair training laboratory. The system allows them to work at their own pace experiencing hands-on electronic trouble-shooting, while instructors are able to monitor their progress through an instructor portal.

Dr.Costel Rizescu, MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program Director, recognizes the benefit that the Nida system offers in teaching trainees from developing countries with varying degrees of skills and experience. The system permits instructors to tailor courses to meet specific needs of individuals and/or groups of trainees.

"The Nida system has increased our efficiency in delivering training," says Dr. Rizescu, "Teaching with computer-aided instruction provides the trainees with a hands-on learning environment, promoting higher retention of technical information compared to standard methods."

The recipient of the venerable CIO 100 Award for three consecutive years, MediSend (http://www.medisend.org) continues to employ the latest technologies in its multi-dimensional approach to improving community health in developing countries.                        

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