Institute for Continuing Healthcare Education and Human Condition Enter into Partnership to Improve Healthcare Outcomes through Innovative CME Initiatives

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The Institute of Continuing Healthcare Education (the Institute) and Human Condition Health (HCH) have entered into a formal partnership to utilize their synchronistic strengths as educators, content experts, and technologists to develop unique, learner-driven continuing medical education for a variety of healthcare professionals.

The initial program will utilize HCH’s state-of-the-art biometric tracking system to identify learning gaps in real-time and deliver dynamically generated content to fill these gaps.

The Institute of Continuing Healthcare Education (the Institute) and Human Condition Health (HCH) have entered into a formal partnership to utilize their synchronistic strengths as educators, content experts, and technologists to develop unique, learner-driven continuing medical education for a variety of healthcare professionals.

With a long-term focus on improving patient outcomes, outputs from partnership are expected to initially focus on educating providers about the challenges of treating non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Future projects include initiatives centered around multi-sensory simulations of rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, athletic concussions, and a variety of ophthalmic conditions.

The initial program will utilize HCH’s state-of-the-art biometric tracking system to identify learning gaps in real-time and deliver dynamically generated content to fill these gaps.

“Today’s standard of care is not tomorrow’s standard of care, and that’s why continuing medical education done right is so important to the future of healthcare in the United States,” said David Boyer, MD, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California Medical School in Los Angeles. “Things shift so quickly that busy practitioners need information delivered to them that they can easily assimilate and implement. Introducing new models of learning is going to make us all better as doctors, and consequently make our patients better as well.”

Through this partnership, the Human Condition has agreed to create centerpieces of education through their technological capabilities. The Institute will utilize their in-house clinical expertise and work with faculty experts to build comprehensive educational initiatives that maximize the impact of their centerpieces (immersive simulators, innovative computer programming, etc.).

“Medical education has traditionally centered around staid, tired didactic lectures,” said Institute President Cathy Pagano. “Our goal as educators should be to go beyond telling healthcare providers what is going on with their patients by letting them truly feel what it’s like to be in constant pain, experience cloudy cognition, hear voices, or live with diminished vision. With the creativity of the Human Condition along with the Institute’s insight into the educational needs of medical professionals, I truly feel this relationship will open up a new chapter in medical education.”

Both the Institute and the Human Condition have a dedicated history of fostering improvement in patient care. In 2010, 64.3% of healthcare professionals who completed an Institute CME activity said they implemented at least one substantive change in the way that they deliver care to their patients. With its focus on innovative delivery methodologies and improved analysis of existing educational gaps, the Institute has set a goal of enabling change in 75% of its learners in 2011.

Human Condition’s work identifying challenges and developing new tools for global health care providers is based on modern tools such as rapid prototyping and biometric monitoring. Programs developed in remote health care clinics in both Rwanda and Sudan have led to unique approaches for education of healthcare workers by shifting perspectives of patient-centered care. Human Condition also recently launched the 4th generation of the HCX Platform, a biometrically enabled immersive simulation and content engine that will be the core of this new CME initiative.

“We are always looking for knowledgeable partners who understand that there needs to be new ways to think about tackling old problems,” said Peter E. Raymond, President and Chief Innovator at Human Condition Health. “We are able to develop tools, and share methodologies and technologies with doctors and other healthcare providers. It is at our core. The quality of care they provide is only going to be as good as the quality of education that they receive.”

About the Institute for Continuing Healthcare Education
The Institute is an independent, multi-accredited medical education provider that has built institutional healthcare partnerships and worked with thought leaders to develop and deliver effective continuing education since 1986. With in-house specialists in medical content development, adult education, and outcomes design, the Institute focuses on innovative ways to deliver education that addresses validated gaps in clinical care and resonates with healthcare professionals.

About Human Condition
Human Condition is an organization of problem solvers who use innovative technology to address problems for people. Recently featured by Wired, the New York Times, and CBS Evening News for their innovative healthcare solutions, Human Condition developed the world’s first fully immersive heart failure, as well as multiple sclerosis and restless leg syndrome simulators. Its staff focuses on using technology to tell a story and explain situations in unique ways that break down common barriers to learning.

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