"Health care transformation begins with education & awareness. Otherwise, how can we expect EHR adoption to drive improved productivity, better outcomes, or higher quality of care?" Selene Kepila
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 5, 2010
CareData Solutions Corporation (http://www.caredata.biz)has launched a new online Electronic Health Record training course that combines web-delivered didactic content with access to fully functional EHR software.
Delivered via CaredataEDU.com, the Electronic Health Record training course supports the requirements of the National Health Career Association’s® (nhanow.com) recently established Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification (CEHRS®). This advanced eLearning solution includes content from recognized experts and publishers, full access to CareData’s web-based Electronic Health Records system, augmented by up-to-the minute information and documents from regulatory bodies and leading experts in the field. No additional textbooks are needed.
CareData founder and Chairman Selene Kepila says "the company’s objective is to support health care providers’ transition to a modern data-driven, information sharing paradigm by helping the grass-roots health care workforce perform effectively in this new environment.” According to Ms. Kepila, CareData’s real-world experience developing and implementing Electronic Health Record and Personal Health Record software “enabled us to create a training course based on the reality of working in the field. Theoretical knowledge isn’t enough. Using the actual EHR is a big part of the course because it will make learners much more valuable to potential employers.”
The CareDataEDU eLearning platform is appropriate for any learning environment, from instructor-led classroom situations to independent self-directed eLearning. It includes Learning Management System access, Web 2.0 tools for students and instructors, and SCORM deliverables for institutions running Moodle™, Blackboard™, Angel™ or similar eLearning platforms. Learners can access all course material, including the EHR, from any computer with internet access.
The course targets nearly 500,000 paraprofessionals being educated each year in the fields of Allied Health and Nursing, along with those already employed by providers who have adopted or will soon adopt Electronic Health Record technology.
“Every Allied Health Program, along with the colleges, universities, medical schools and nursing schools charged with educating medical professionals, must ensure that graduates understand modern medical office workflow and the integration of interoperable electronic health records technology in the hospital and physician’s office,” says Dr. Barry Newman, CareData’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Educational Services. “One of the biggest obstacles to the adoption of Electronic Health Record systems is the lack of properly trained Clinical Medical Assistants, Medical Office Assistants, Certified Nursing Assistants, Vocational Nurses and other paraprofessionals.”
Initially, CareData’s plain-English EHR will be the “virtual” laboratory where students can obtain practical and transferable experience. CareDataEDU will soon add simulation software from other vendors covering both ambulatory and hospital-based applications, thereby answering the call by the Office of the National Coordinator for non-vendor-specific Health IT training resources. This will enable students to become familiar with specific products that may be adopted by the local practice or institution where they find employment. “Ultimately,” says Dr. Newman, “we will expand the scope of the course by adding a revenue cycle management/practice management component to give learners an end-to-end understanding of both the new technology and the new workflow made possible by Health Information Technology - fulfilling the vision of Presidents Bush and Obama dating back to 2004.”
CareData Solutions Corporation is the developer of the CareData Electronic Health Record System, including Advanced Patient Tracking software, and GlobalPatientRecord.com, a Personal Health Record (PHR) for patients and disease management resource for Payors.