November 1, 2018By Lance Baily

Wolters Kluwer Executive: “Simulation is Transforming Healthcare Learning”

Healthcare IT News writer Jessica Davis recently published an interview with Cathy Wolfe, Wolters Kluwer Health Learning, Research and Practice CEO and President who shared that “Advanced technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence and virtual simulation are transforming adaptive learning models in ways that optimize learning and improve knowledge retention”. This is a great article to share with higher administration to demonstrate the trend of healthcare organizations investing in staff development to support evidence-based care, which can improve outcomes, reduce care variability and help with high reimbursements”.

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“Outcomes and staff retention are driven, in part, by providing access to lifelong learning to advance skills and knowledge,” said Cathy Wolfe, Wolters Kluwer health learning, research and practice CEO and president.

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To get the most out of the technology, clinical educators must tailor evidence-based training and orientation programs while keeping pace with the demand and high turnover rates among clinicians, Wolfe noted. “They must also focus on longer-term knowledge acquisition and continuing education. Supporting live instructor-led training with a robust library of customizable online lesson plans and assets eliminates these challenges by leveraging the highly effective flipped classroom model to build upon nurses’ knowledge and grow their expertise over time,” Wolfe said.

“Integrating these lifelong learning resources with nursing decision support and best practice-based guidance at the bedside can reinforce knowledge retention and impact care outcomes and quality performance through standardized, evidence-based care,” she continued. To Wolfe, these same models should be applied to providers, as well. The idea should be to educate providers on the way to deliver the right evidence at the right time for the best diagnosis and treatment.

Traditional medical school education relied heavily on memorization. Wolfe said that Wolters Kluwer is working to support medical school faculty in shifting into a new educational model that will support providers in developing crucial critical reasoning skills. To get there, educators need to engage students with adaptive quizzing, case studies and virtual anatomy, she explained.

Wolfe took it a step further: “I think we will see more augmented reality and virtual simulation in education to give students more exposure to a wide variety of real-life clinical experiences. I see opportunities to apply some of what we’ve learned from educators to the practice market as clinicians try to keep up with so many new developments in medicine while also maintaining their qualifications,” said Wolfe.

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