The job of healthcare professionals is not easy. Emergencies can strike any minute, so they have to be ready 24X7. Also, with the increasing changes in healthcare products, services, solutions, and reimbursement policies, the need for frequent clinical training becomes a must for healthcare professionals to be up-to-date. But, it is difficult for them to frequently allocate time for training sessions as they are often busy with emergencies. So, how do you ensure that healthcare professionals are trained from time-to-time, to improve their clinical skills, which impact the overall quality of a health system?
Let us look at 3 digital learning solutions that will help healthcare professionals get trained frequently.
According to Edgar Dale’s Cone of Learning, 2 weeks after the training session, learners remember only 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, and 30% of what they see. But surprisingly, learners remember 50% of what they see and hear, such as demonstrations or videos. While the number of people watching YouTube per day has been up by 40% since March 2014, a breathtaking 100 million hours of video is watched per day on Facebook. These statistics show how effective videos are for better retention of information and how interesting they can be for learners.
Develop short videos of the latest clinical information, methods, and best practices, which are not more than 10 minutes in duration. Such videos will help you ensure your healthcare employees are up-to-date with the necessary information, while they are on their jobs, as it does not ask for much of their valuable time.
Everything now-a-days is moving to mobile devices, even books. Digital books or eBooks, are getting popular. People have been buying them as they are comparatively cheaper than their paper counterparts. Also, special devices are being introduced to encourage the usage of this eco-friendly format. EBooks become even more engaging and interesting with interactive elements such as audio, video, and external links embedded in them.
Create different eBooks covering the clinical information, methods, and best practices in each. Your healthcare employees can go through these eBooks on their mobile devices whenever they find time – during the lunch break or while commuting.
We all believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. Don’t we? If that is so, imagine how effective an infographic can be, which is a combination of both graphics and information. They help you communicate complex concepts and ideas in simple and easily digestible pieces, so that learners can easily retain and recall information. As the information in an infographic is to-the-point (need-to-know information), learners do not have to spend much of their valuable time to go through paragraphs of content.
Create infographics which display complex clinical procedures, treatment or diagnostic methods, and safety precautions. These infographics can be accessed on their mobile devices and give them the freedom to update themselves in a short span. They can also be used as posters at common workplaces.
While these methods help you train employees quickly and update their knowledge and skills, they also act as refresher training. They can also be used as on-the-job support as any of the above mentioned formats do not take much of a healthcare professional’s time.