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What’s Next in the Evolution of Interactive Learning in Healthcare?

This blog post concludes our series about interactive learning featuring HealthStream’s partner, EBSCO Health.

The healthcare industry is changing how it educates and develops employees to meet varying learning demands and likely workforce shortages. One new development in this transformation is the use of interactive learning, a learner-engaging approach to healthcare education that redefines the roles of teacher and student and directly involves students in decisions about their own training. HealthStream recently interviewed partner EBSCO Health’s Chief Nursing Officer, Diane Hanson, RN, BSN, MM on the use of interactive learning and trends we are likely to see in this field over the next several years.

How do you think interactive learning will evolve in the healthcare industry over the next 2-3 years?

Hanson: The application and integration of interactive learning will continue to evolve in healthcare as outcomes demonstrate the success of using this approach. Healthcare is shifting its focus to deliver value amid cost challenges. This requires new approaches to care delivery, patient engagement, and use of healthcare resources. Providers are now taught to practice in multidisciplinary, high-performance teams, using simulation to perfect their skills and outcomes to guide course corrections. Supporting inter-professional learning and team-based care requires a multi-modality approach to teaching-learning. Evidence-based content delivered within the clinician workflow will further support ongoing education and application within the care process and within context of a real situation. Healthcare systems will evolve their infrastructures to incorporate the use of interactive learning closest to where the care is delivered to support both clinician and patient education and learning engagement.

Evolution of the health professions academic classroom will continue to improve the use of interactive learning approaches. Keeping the next generation of learners engaged, improving graduation rates, and supporting successful transition from school to practice will continue to be a strong focus. Interactive learning will evolve to include more virtual classroom experiences, simulation using real person and mannequin scenarios, interactive e-learning, and virtual reality gaming technologies. The professor/instructor role will continue to evolve combining the best of the “sage wisdom” with the interactive collaborative coaching approach, personalizing education based on learner-focused needs. Technology platforms will evolve to support multi-modality curriculum delivery mechanisms personalized for each learner, as well as concurrent use of high quality content to support interactive classroom engagement.

About Diane Hanson RN, BSN, MM; Chief Nursing Officer, EBSCO Health, and Editor in Chief, Dynamic Health

imageDiane Hanson is the Editor in Chief of Dynamic Health at EBSCO Health. In this role she provides leadership direction for nursing and allied health reference and clinical decision support strategies for the organization. After spending several years working in a hospital organization in various clinical and leadership positions, Diane has been focused on improving quality and evidence-based practice at the point of care through clinical decision support, health informatics and analytics. Diane brings over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, most recently as Vice President of Product Strategy & Management at Vizient Inc. Previously she served at Elsevier as General Manager within their CDS division and with Eclipsys (Allscripts) in an EVP leadership role. Diane is a published author and speaker on evidence-based practice and clinical decision support. She holds a degree in nursing from Grand Valley State University and a Masters in Management degree from Aquinas College.

Read the complete article from which this blog post is an excerpt.


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