AMA of­fers plat­form for EHR training

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - By Rachel Z. Arndt

The Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion last week con­tin­ued its push to en­sure that doc­tors-in-training are equipped to prac­tice in medicine's dig­i­tal age by teach­ing them how to use electronic health records.

The pro­gram, cre­ated by the In­di­ana Univer­sity School of Medicine and the Re­gen­strief In­sti­tute, will pro­vide stu­dents ac­cess to misiden­ti­fied and dei­den­ti­fied EHR in­for­ma­tion, fill­ing a gap in med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion that’s be­com­ing more ap­par­ent as EHR use grows.

The Re­gen­strief EHR Clin­i­cal Learn­ing Plat­form uses records from 11,000 pa­tients, al­low­ing med­i­cal stu­dents to use dig­i­tal records for pa­tient care and broader-scale tasks, such as pop­u­la­tion health man­age­ment and ad­dress- ing the so­cial de­ter­mi­nants of health.

Let­ting med­i­cal stu­dents go through school with­out learn­ing how to use EHRs is “com­pa­ra­ble to a physi­cian leav­ing med­i­cal school with­out learn­ing how to use a stetho­scope,” Dr. Su­san Skochelak, the AMA's group vice pres­i­dent of med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, said dur­ing an AMA call to an­nounce the plat­form.

The plat­form, part of the AMA’s ef­forts to cre­ate the “med­i­cal school of the fu­ture,” draws data from Eske­nazi Health. It was de­vel­oped with a $1 mil­lion AMA grant to the IU School of Medicine to work with the Re­gen­strief In­sti­tute.

IU med­i­cal stu­dents have used the plat­form for more than a year, and that UConn School of Medicine and South­ern In­di­ana Univer­sity School of Nurs­ing have added it to their cur­ric­ula. Now, the plat­form is be­ing ex­panded to other U.S. med­i­cal schools.

The plat­form is the lat­est ef­fort from the AMA to get med­i­cal schools to in­cor­po­rate EHRs into their cur­ric­ula. In 2015, the AMA in­tro­duced a pol­icy to en­cour­age EHR ed­u­ca­tion. Some schools al­ready of­fer­ing EHR training use sim­u­lated data. But such sys­tems “were de­signed to train users on the sys­tem, not to de­liver ed­u­ca­tion con­tent,” said Lisa Welch, Re­gen­strief’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­ager.

Re­gen­strief plat­form data “more closely sim­u­lates what stu­dents are go­ing to deal with in real-life prac­tice,” said Dr. Blaine Take­sue, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of clin­i­cal medicine at IU and a Re­gen­strief research sci­en­tist. “Be­ing able to fil­ter data to iden­tify what the pri­or­i­ties are” is essen­tial, he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.