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  • OS12 - Expanding Digital Competencies Through Education (ID 18)

    • Event: e-Health 2017 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Clinical and Executive
    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 6/06/2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 206B
    • OS12.05 - Accelerating eHealth Integration in Medical Education¬† (ID 252)

      Candace Gibson, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Western University; London/CA

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      Purpose/Objectives: Medicine has entered the digital era. In Canada, this change is clearly reflected by 77% electronic medical record (EMR) adoption in physicians' practices, and continued growth of hospital information systems. The proliferation of patient portals, use of the Internet (and particularly social media) to search for and exchange health information by clinicians and patients alike, and the growing number of health and wellness mobile apps open new possibilities to engage patients in their own care but also introduce new challenges for professionalism. Current and future clinicians need information skills and knowledge in order to be effective in a digital technology-enabled environment. To address the challenges facing medical practice and education, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), with support from Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), has built a peer-leader educator network across Canada that identified and published Canada’s first eHealth competencies for undergraduate medical education in 2014. AFMC and Infoway also created a series of national eHealth faculty development (eHealth FD) workshops delivered in Spring 2016 targeted to medical educators and residents to raise awareness of informatics and eHealth competencies. Webinar participants asked for more resources in French as well as English, particularly in the form of teaching tools, tips, case studies and clinical examples that can bridge knowledge learned in the classroom setting with the realities of the clinical setting.

      Methodology/Approach: Education is essential to better prepare our medical learners (students and residents) to practice in modern, technology-enabled, clinical environments. Yet, educational interventions that address the challenges are limited. In this phase of the project the eHealth team focused on developing the requested teaching tools (resources, case studies, and clinical examples) to address the goals and challenges of designing and introducing eHealth topics into the undergraduate medical curriculum.

      Finding/Results: Members of the panel will present the learning materials developed for the eHealth resource toolkit and housed in the AFMC's Canadian Healthcare Education Commons (CHEC). We will describe the process of case development and show with an example (use of emails between clinician and patient) how this case can be introduced at the beginner level, intermediate, and advanced levels with more complex learning outcomes and competencies for advanced learners and practicing clinicians. In the panel presentation we will give an overview of the available resources and how best to search and find relevant materials, demonstrate the completed case example, describe steps taken to work with the Medical Council of Canada to include eHealth competencies in medical school examinations, and during discussion ask participants for examples from their own institutions and ideas for further incorporation and integration into the medical curriculum.

      Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations: eHealth is not just another component to add into the medical curricula; rather it is the way in which medicine will be practiced in the future. The AFMC-Infoway eHealth project is an example of a national-level initiative with collaboration across medical organizations and faculties to address these issues as well as to develop learning and educational resources and promote competency and accreditation standards.

      140 Character Summary: This eHealth Resources Toolkit (AFMC-Infoway) provides essential tools to prepare medical learners for practice in technology-enabled clinical environments.

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