Toolwire and Midwest Consortium Unveil First-of-its-Kind Student Enrollment Tool

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Experiential platform introduces program prospects to six Health Information Technology (HIT) roles

This innovative tool improves program sustainability by enabling us to dedicate more time and resources to our most essential mission: providing students with the highest quality educational experience possible.

Toolwire, a global leader in experiential learning solutions, and the Midwest Community College Health Information Technology (HIT) Consortium have developed a first-of-its-kind recruiting tool that will help the Consortium meet the growing demand for HIT professionals. The partners will introduce this innovation to other community colleges seeking to improve program sustainability at the upcoming Innovations Conference in Philadelphia on March 4-7.

Research shows that the demand for skilled Health Information Technology workers is projected to grow faster than any other profession. Studies suggest that while the current need is now for 100,000 additional Health IT professionals, that number could increase to 150,000 over the next five years.

In order to help meet this demand, the Midwest Consortium and Toolwire developed a rich media, interactive student enrollment portal that will generate a stream of new and qualified prospective students to feed the Consortium’s HIT program.

This interactive immersive experience will give prospects a realistic view of what a career in Health IT will be like. Characters within these authentic, “day-in-the-life” work settings interact with users in a multi-path experience that takes them on short guided tours of six workforce roles identified by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT.

At the end of the experience, these individuals submit basic background information and indicate the training roles that most interest them. This information is then automatically distributed to a database, configured by Toolwire to notify the Consortium when students submit applications. The online platform also tracks analytics, which may ultimately reveal usage patterns indicative of prospects most likely to succeed in the program.

“By helping the Consortium to address recruitment and placement efforts more efficiently and effectively, this innovative tool improves program sustainability by enabling us to dedicate more time and resources to our most essential mission: providing students with the highest quality educational experience possible,” commented Norma Morganti, Executive Director, Midwest Community College Health Information Technology (HIT) Consortium, Cuyahoga Community College.

“This ‘Vestibule Learnscape’ concept came about when we were looking for a way to create some real-life scenarios depicting a day in the life of a Health IT professional. Think of a train station lobby with tracks or a waiting room with multiple doors leading to various job roles/career paths,” said Steve Lynch, Director of Learning Solutions at Toolwire.

“Establishing effective student enrollment and retention strategies is critical to the long term sustainability of learning institutions today,” commented Cameron D. Crowe, Executive Vice-President, Toolwire. “This innovative application of our Toolwire Learnscape platform for the Midwest Consortium is just one example of the many ways that our experiential learning technologies are helping our partners to grow and succeed.”

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About Toolwire
Toolwire is a learning solutions provider specializing in products and services for experiential learning. Serving global leaders in both the private sector and Higher Education, Toolwire’s core competencies include developing media-rich educational content and providing Learning-as-a-Service that fully supports the needs of learning institutions. Toolwire Learnscapes, StudentDesktops, Scenarios, and LiveLabs provide the quickest, most effective way to develop skills and enhance student success. These innovative learning solutions enable organizations to provide "virtual internships" across a broad range of subject areas including Health Care, Business, Education, STEM, First Year Experience, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.toolwire.com.

About The Midwest Community College Health Information Technology Consortium
The consortium is addressing a pressing need in the health care job market by recruiting and training people for the growing field of health information technology (HIT), also called health informatics. The HIT consortium provides training in six work force roles to support electronic health records implementation and consists of 17 large innovative community colleges in 10 Midwest states. Through leading-edge curriculum and a program consisting of both campus-based training and distance learning, the consortium’s goal is to recruit and train a minimum of 2,700 health informatics professionals and students annually. For more information, please visit http://www.mwhit.org.

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