Technology & Innovation
Conference Presentation: Destination: Patient Outcomes – Our Journey to Improving Patient Care
The Value Add of Virtual Technologies in CE
Monday, January 22
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Palazzo E
Physician Credits: 1.0
Nursing CE Credits: 1.0
Pharmacy Credits: 1.0
ACPE UAN: 0809-9999-18-087-L04-P (Knowledge)
Senior Vice President, Educational Partnerships
Med Learning Group
New York, New York
Lauren Welch, MA
VP, Outcomes and Accreditation
Med Learning Group
New York, New York
Rolando Brual, RPh
Consultant, Medical Education Grants
Eli Lilly and Company
The CME industry continues to face the challenge of engaging learners in a manner that improves overall educational outcomes and supports the conversion of knowledge into practice in an impactful way, with didactic lecture showing limited reach. Adapting to the latest technologies available can help CME overcome this challenge by providing a more diverse, immersive learning experience.
For example, virtual reality (VR) is currently applied in a variety of ways in the healthcare industry, such as helping surgeons visualize a surgery, helping to relax chronic patients, allowing long-term patients to participate in outside activities, supporting rehabilitation of traumatized nervous systems and making repetitive motion exercises more fun.
It is important that CME stays apace with innovations in the healthcare setting as part of our overall mission to improve the quality of care delivered and ultimately improve patient outcomes. As more healthcare practitioners utilize virtual technology in training and practice, their awareness of its impact leads to greater expectations for immersive education. With this in mind, MLG conducted extensive research on the impact of immersive virtual technologies, such as 3D and VR animations, on medical education. Based on our literature review, we have found such technologies can 1) improve engagement; 2) enhance recall; and 3) facilitate greater comprehension. Many in the educational setting thus believe the immersive educational experience offered by virtual technology is poised to be the new and most impactful way of disseminating education and information.
Based on these findings, MLG, with initial support from Eli Lilly and Company, began incorporating 3D and then VR and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies into its CME programs, allowing participants to enter a patient’s body, view disease pathophysiology, the mechanism of action of different therapeutic agents, and the impact of comorbidities and adverse events. Moreover, post activity, participants have the opportunity to download the animations and order 3D or VR glasses. Participants can then view the animations together with colleagues, patients, and caregivers, furthering collaboration in care and engaging the patient and their care team in the decision making process. As Mary Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy said, VR “is going to be instrumental in the training and education of not just health care workers and medical professionals, but also patient education” by helping them visual what procedures and treatments will do for them, which can substantially increasing by-in and adherence.
The results and feedback from MLG’s 3D and VR programs to date demonstrate the central role CME can play in bringing these innovative and engaging experiences directly to the patient to ultimately improve patient outcomes. Given the success of these programs and the exceptional nature of this type of education, MLG is seeking to highlight this innovation at the 2017 annual meeting. At this session, MLG will lead an interactive discussion regarding the incorporation of virtual technology into CME, looking at both the how-to and the educational impact of these resources. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a variety of the educational technologies, including virtual and augmented reality tools.
- Discuss use of virtual technology to enhance engagement, improve recall and facilitate comprehension
- Design a program utilizing a 360-degree approach to educate patients and HCPs that helps close the educational gaps between physician perception and patient reality
- Explore ways to further utilize the latest technologies in CPD