Recently, I was talking with a top tier EHR trainer at a very large regional health system. She told me that while their EHR vendor had a strict requirement for all trainees to take the standard EHR training courses, including eLearnings and classroom training, when a team of Emergency Department clinical staff began to use the new EHR they were unable to efficiently and effectively apply what they had learned. Why? Because they were so lost they didn’t know where to begin.
According to Wikipedia, “E-learning (or eLearning) is the use of electronic educational technology in learning and teaching.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-learning ) But “e-Learning” is frequently as simple as a few PowerPoint slides with a simple test to take at the conclusion of the slides.
Static PowerPoint based eLearning gives you assurance that your staff has seen the material. They have probably even understood some of the information. But this modality gives you no insight into whether or not the staff can apply what they’ve learned in a realistic, job-oriented scenario.
In contrast, adaptive or virtual immersive training provides adequate integration, realism and immersion (the learner must engage with their full focus to make it through the training) that you will know for certain that your staff is ready to go.
According to Wikipedia, “immersion into virtual reality is a perception of being physically present in a non-physical world. The perception is created by surrounding the user of the VR system in images, sound or other stimuli that provide an engrossing total environment.” In layman’s terms: when your staff has experienced Virtual Immersive Learning they have already worked with your new EHR in their actual work role.