Imedex Receives NAMEC’s “Best Practices in Collaboration Among CME Stakeholders” Award

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Imedex, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education and College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education, ArcheMedX, and breast cancer survivors recognized for a unique series of online CME-certified activities

This collaboration, in particular working with cancer survivors, was the most meaningful experience of my long career in CME. Patients’ stories and experiences effectively supplemented clinical content, making it practical and ‘real’

On January 12, 2016, Imedex, LLC, based in in Alpharetta, GA, and its collaborating partners, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education and College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education and ArcheMedX, were awarded NAMEC’s Best Practices in Collaboration Among CME Stakeholders Award. The National Association of Medical Education Companies (NAMEC), a professional association dedicated to providing representation, advocacy, and education for medical education companies, recognizes best practices, or ideas and processes that can be implemented by its members, each year.

Planned and developed through an innovative collaboration between Imedex, several breast cancer (BC) survivors, ArcheMedX, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Center for Continuing Education, College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education, College of Public Health, and Community Breast Health Navigator Program, this multi-faceted collaborative initiative, Enhancing Treatment of HER2+ Breast Cancer: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improve Shared Decision Making Regarding Neoadjuvant Therapy, was funded in part through an educational grant from Genentech.

The goal of this initiative, which includes 6 highly interactive online activities powered by the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform, was to facilitate the appropriate use of neoadjuvant (pre-operative) therapy, as well as the implementation of a multidisciplinary, patient-centered team approach by clinicians (including physicians, surgeons, pathologists, nurses, case managers, and navigators) who care for patients with a specific type of BC in the US.

The collaboration was innovative and successful in many ways. Working with non-traditional stakeholders is unique and lead to more focused and relevant content, including the voice of patients adds a moving and impactful element to educational content, and by utilizing the ArcheViewer, the partners were able to deliver a more impactful online learning experience, resulting in high completion rates and significant improvements in knowledge and competence among the clinicians who participated.

“This collaboration, in particular working with cancer survivors, was the most meaningful experience of my long career in CME. Patients’ stories and experiences effectively supplemented clinical content, making it practical and ‘real’,” says Karen Overstreet, EdD, RPh, FACEHP, CHCP, Senior Director, Medical Affairs at Imedex.

Preliminary results of this educational initiative were presented during the International Cancer Education Conference in Tucson, AZ in October 2015. Designed to meet the needs of the busy clinicians, the complimentary activities are available on the Imedex E-learning Center at elc.imedex.com. See the results of the innovative, award-winning collaboration at http://elc.imedex.com/ELC/Activity-Search.aspx?search=HER2.

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About Imedex®
Imedex is an industry leader in providing certified, independent continuing medical education to health care professionals. With 4 Certified Healthcare CPD Professionals on our team, we develop high quality scientific programming that translates the latest research into clinically-relevant information. The activities have exceptional organization and outstanding educational value, with a proven sustained impact on disease management. Our activities focus on improving patient care around the world. With more than 50,000 E-learning experiences annually and more than 97,000 live meeting participants since 2001, Imedex truly educates the global healthcare community. At Imedex, education is the best medicine.® For more information on Imedex, visit http://www.imedex.com.

About the University of Nebraska Medical Center
A vital enterprise in the nation’s heartland, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has its eye on improving the future of health care in Nebraska and beyond. As Nebraska’s only public academic health sciences center, UNMC is committed to the education of a 21st century health care work force, to finding cures and treatments for devastating diseases, to providing the best care for patients, and to serving our state and its communities through award-winning outreach. UNMC also is committed to embracing the richness of diversity, and is a major economic engine for the state of Nebraska. Led by Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, UNMC has six colleges and two institutes, serving about 3,700 students in more than two dozen programs. UNMC’s primary care program was recently ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and its physician assistant program was ranked ninth. The university’s physical therapy, pharmacy, and public health programs also are ranked among the top in the country. For more information on UNMC, visit http://www.unmc.edu.

About ArcheMedX
ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform, that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences. ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas. Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit http://www.archemedx.com.

About NAMEC
NAMEC was founded in 2002 by four medical education professionals and their companies and has since grown exponentially. There are hundreds of medical education and communications companies (MECCs) in the United States; approximately 110 are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). As a result, MECCs play a crucial role in educating thousands of medical professionals and patients each year, ultimately affecting millions. In the past, there has been no organized voice for MECCs. In the ever-changing and complicated medical education and communications environment, NAMEC functions as a representative and advocate of our industry. For more information on NAMEC, visit http://www.namec-assn.org.

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