You’ve read some blogs, downloaded the curricula report, and had a demo. Now you want to learn a little more so you can share a summary with others on your team the key takeaways about the platform. Even if you haven’t done the above, this is a good place to start.
I’ll spend a few minutes below giving you the high-level summary that you can share with colleagues and administration to help when deciding if an EHR platform for your program is the right for you.
Let Me See
Our EHR Clinical Learning Platform is a web-based EHR modified for academic use by students and instructors. Requirements are internet access and a browser. Users can essentially use the platform anywhere.
As I’ve stated in other posts, we don’t train students to use our version of an EHR–we are helping students to learn to drive a real clinical EHR system just like the ones they will graduate to as future providers. Our teaching EHR is the vehicle you safely and securely learn on before you begin driving the company car (EPIC, Cerner, McKesson or the 600+ other systems) in your future role.
The system is complete with:
- +12K Renamed real patients and providers (millions more available)
- Clinical Decision Support
- Order Entry
- Charts/ Notes/ Observations
- Curriculum Management
- Patient Identification
- Interprofessional Education Tools
- Population Health
- Evaluation and Reporting
…and SO much more on one learning platform for medical and allied health profession students.
Deliver content through prompts and alerts at any point with students who are using the EHR.
Administration tools make it easy for faculty and administrators to develop their own cases or import existing case content to be delivered in our platform.
Evaluating a student’s progress based on all the information that is captured during their session within the platform can be displayed for evaluation.
It can also link out to additional resources and prompt for additional learning activities.
The platform gives students from different disciplines the opportunity to discuss a patient within the application in real-team or statically and save the thread to the patient’s record.
Our built-in communication window (shown in the red square in the upper right corner) allows for simulations of transitions of care inside the platform as medical, nursing, pharmacy, and other allied health interact on a patient.
That’s A Lot of Patients
As stated above, there are a lot of patients available for learning in our platform. Over 12,000 at current count inside the EHR can be used for curricula. That’s right…over 12K renamed patients and providers with all their great notes, observations, orders and more. We have the ability to add many more patients to your program based on your curricular needs.
Students have gaps in the quantity and variety of patients that they will encounter during their medical training–especially during the pre-clinical years. Why not fill that gap with a learning and access inside a platform with a population of great patient cases? Seriously, why not? I’m surprised when I talk with schools about this issue. We have the solution and have created the environment. Speaking of environments, we have thousands of patients with a variety of clinical encounters in the ED, Clinic, and Hospital. Your curriculum needs it, so we have it in our EHR clinical learning platform. Lots and lots of patients for learning.
Tell Me About Pricing
Pricing for the platform is going to be between $7-15 per user per month. Think simple use-cases (case presentation, order entry, chart review) for $7 up to $15 for very complex (sophisticated CDS configurations, unique evaluations, custom development, etc…). The average programs have users paying per month:
There is a one-time Implementation Fee to get the platform set-up, your team trained on the platform, single sign-on connected, and curriculum established.
Those are the main two costs (users + implementation) for getting started with our platform. There are other services and power user training available as well as the opportunity to do some custom development for the platform. The typical program is just going to have the above stated costs.
How Long to Implement
We can get a school set-up and on the platform in a few weeks. The set-up of single sign-on will depend on the local IT department at the school and their timelines. We have seen these set-ups typically take a couple months to get tested and completed by both sides.
Training can be completed in-person or online. It is up to the school to determine what makes the most sense for your group. It does cost a little more to send our group out or to have your group come in to do training live with our Training department here at the Institute on our EHR teaching platform.
The development of curriculum and subsequent rollout is probably the largest piece of the implementation puzzle. Does your school already have patient cases or curricula that would be enhanced by our EHR platform? If the answer to that question is yes, then the timeline for an implementation is much shorter. We do have some curriculum examples and existing curricula that could be used as a jumping off point if you do not have existing curricula or a plan. The curricula development is an ongoing process in our experience. We typically recommend schools plan for at least 3 months in this area to work with our team on getting the curricula right for use in our EHR clinical learning platform.
So, there is some variability in implementations and their respective timelines. Schools can begin using the platform as quickly as a few weeks to investing as much as 6-12 months before rolling out with students.
A pilot is an alternative to rolling out with multiple classes. I would be happy to discuss your situation at your program and your plans for adding an EHR in the classroom or simulation lab with students. Please contact me to get that scheduled or answer any of your other questions.
Below are some helpful links to get more information or to simply get started with a demo.
You are going to have questions. Our platform is great for students and faculty who want to get an EHR in the hands of students during the pre-clinical years of medical school as well as with allied health profession programs. We are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to leave your comments below or email me for a quick response.
Sr. Product Manager – Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform
Regenstrief Institute – Clem McDonald Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI)
About the Author
Brian Stout is a senior leader in marketing and product at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. He is an authority on using EHRs in Medical and Allied Professions Education. He leads product and builds amazing learning platforms for one of the nation’s most seasoned (since 1972) and innovative electronic health records in the country. An advocate for learning and professional development, he is continuing his education with a Masters in Data Science from Indiana University. You can follow him on Twitter @TeachingEMR and LinkedIn or other social platforms under ThinkStout.