Why hospitals should embrace online learning

online learning for hospitals

Healthcare sector today is undergoing rapid transformation in terms of quality service delivery, technology, operations and workforce management. One of the key concerns that the hospitals face today is that ‘whether the hospital staff is well aware of the latest developments in their field and if they have the necessary training with the equipment and procedures’. Though our healthcare industry has advanced in various aspects, one of the many factors that remain an obstacle in the path to better healthcare is high employee turnover rate. 

To avoid employee burnout, we need to have in place a solid and robust system to nurture, encourage, train and uplift their morale. Structured and effective induction and training programs can help new employees become productive quickly and adapt to the organization’s methods and culture. Skill development plays an important role in improving employee productivity. Hospitals need an end-to-end solution to deliver training, incorporate assessments, and provide real-time reports. They also need to implement a set of compliance parameters, especially related to training for continued learning.

The traditional modes of delivery of knowledge in the industry have certain limitations. Apart from the cost of physical infrastructure, their reach and efficiency do not feed well to the modern healthcare environment, where treatment, equipment, technologies, ethical obligations and regulations change constantly. Frequent classroom trainings can create an additional burden on the staff.

Improved Patient Outcome

Healthcare is one of the industries where online and blended learning is replacing traditional classroom learning at a great pace. As fast as it is spreading across industries, online learning justifies the pace by being cost effective, efficient, convenient and having greater reach. Online learning can happen on mobile devices or computers and can be accessed anytime and anywhere. The learning methodology can heavily leverage the learning management system (lms) to improve the learning outcomes, by making it interactive, comprehensive, tailored and engaging. This leads to a motivated and adept workforce, which in turn brings about improved patient care.

advantages of online learning for hospitals

Data driven paperless assessments and time optimization

One significant advantage of online learning in healthcare industry is the evaluation of individual and group learning. With an lms based learning, administrators can track and analyse the progress with great ease, unlike in the paper based learning. Error free reports can be generated with a few clicks and are stored in the system for future reference. Reports can be simple as well as ‘course completion rate’ and can be granular to the level where we get insights on how individual learners are faring on particular topic and what learning methodology is most effective. This also means documentation for audit and compliance purposes is easy and simple, unlike in traditional mode of training where we need to pull out old log books and scan through worn out papers.

Cost effective and efficient

It’s one of the greatest advantages of online learning, learning management systems like iPC Health bring down the overall long term cost of learning and training in a hospital, as it doesn’t need physical space in hospital premises allocated for training, no travel required, and no paperwork. Training efficiency increases as learners engage with interactive courses and enjoy the liberty of time and place to access learning. The content in iPC Health is sourced from global authorities in healthcare domain and provides the best and  latest information. The platform is designed for multi purpose learning; like induction, training, continuous learning and compliance training.

As we see online training can provide a windfall of advantage for healthcare learning and training, the adoption rates at organizations are rising worldwide, it’s even more beneficial for developing economies like India, owing to cost and infrastructure advantage it provides. It saves on cost and time, helps improve patient outcome, provides efficient learning with greater reach, can be used for a wide range of documentation purposes, and can be used for a variety of other training and as a common source of information.

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