E-learning in healthcare: why is it so important?

27th May 2016

E-learning in healthcare: why is it so important?

In our latest blog we take a look at the rising demand for online resources in the healthcare industry

As with many sectors, incorporating technology to decrease costs and enhance performance has become essential to the healthcare industry. This month, our very own Managing Director, Simon Jackson, wrote about the importance of e-learning for the June issue of THIIS magazine.

The article discussed how the use of online platforms and the internet itself has transformed the sector, not only for health practitioners dealing with patients but for those managing personnel as well. It has long been recognised that the appropriate time and resources to train staff are critical, but finding a cost-effective solution to provide it has proven a persistent challenge. Technology however, finally appears to have the answer, and it brings a myriad of benefits to the table.

Trends and techniques are ever changing and new innovations are constantly surfacing in healthcare, but the reality of a face to face training programme is time consuming, costly and vastly impractical for an already stretched workforce.

Against this backdrop, e-Learning can provide the perfect platform for a reliable and consistent spread of information, keeping everyone up to date with the latest developments.

The same online learning techniques have also allowed the healthcare sector to make recruitment and training more engaging to both existing and new staff, offering a new stage for professional discussion and a networking community.

It provides an efficient way of targeting specific groups as e-Learning portals are not a “one size fits all” platform, but rather a tailor-made and flexible tool designed to meet the needs of its users, inspiring confidence and productivity. It can be used to deliver identical standards of training to professionals right across the country, or implement detailed programmes for certain staff in select locations.

It has already proven to be a highly effective tool for the provision of core medical training for one, which includes ongoing education around issues such as harm prevention and patient safety, and the importance of this cannot be overstated. It is of course fundamental that health practitioners are well informed and up to date on every possible procedure or resource that can assist their patients.

It’s something that both public and private healthcare providers in the UK have already recognised, as many have now begun to invest in online education platforms. The NHS, for example, has taken e-Learning to the centre of its Health Education England program, integrating a system called Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

Equally in the private sector a number of leading companies have have been investing in new technology-based training platforms. Our own Frontier eTraining tool for example, is an online training portal that companies can implement to offer bespoke training to their employees on all aspects of needle exchange and harm reduction, and has already been adopted by a wide range of facilities.

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When we look at the wider picture it’s clear that the industry is finally catching up with the digital age when it comes to training. It is fundamental however that all parties become aware of the full potential such technology can offer in order to explore all the benefits such tools can bring to the sector. As a way to train, learn or just catch up on the latest health news, online platforms have become ubiquitous and part of every process in the industry.

It’s clear that these digital platforms for education in healthcare are the new growth and development engines for the industry. Look out for the full article in June’s issue of THIIS magazine!