Students are filing into the classroom. It is a frigid morning in January here in the midwest. The snow is coming down outside. Everyone is trying to warm up from the walk across campus. The students in the room are not your typical collection of students. We have students from the medical school, as well as nursing, and social work. This is an interdisciplinary group of students working in a special program for Interprofessional Education (IPE) here at Indiana University as part of Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant. Another team on campus is working on a curriculum that will include working with pharmacy students in West Lafayette and Indianapolis through a partnership with Purdue’s College of Pharmacy, and they are meeting on another date and time.
These young health professionals are going to be working together as a group over the next month with a curriculum that includes an EHR. That EHR clinical learning platform is developed for students in classrooms like yours using our Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform (also known as the Teaching EMR), to reinforce collaboration in a team environment while caring for pseudo-anonymized patients. The students will be learning how technology developed for use in the EHR will facilitate transitions of care–all using an innovative EHR platform designed to provide better care for patients. The EHR has been enhanced to improve how medical and allied health professions students work together as a team in these special interdisciplinary learning cases. Students and the educators will have access to a small clinic of patient cases of about 12,000 patients in the system today. The IPE curriculum team has developed learning activities, quizzing, and evaluations of the teams’ and students’ performance for a select set of patients.
Education in the health professions is changing along with how we care for patients. The tools for curricula are improving as we incorporate technology into the classroom to enhance the interactions of educators and students. Rather than standing around a model like the cover photo courtesy of the IWM.org.uk archive, students from multiple disciplines are caring for pseudo-anonymized patients collaboratively inside an EHR. In this team environment, the students don’t necessarily have to be meeting at the same time, in the same classroom. It can span geography and time while allowing for continuous collaboration on the care of these virtual patients.
Interprofessional Education EHR
My background is in healthcare technology and systems. I’m certainly not an expert in IPE, but I’m privileged to work with Dr. Deb Litzelman here at the Regenstrief Institute who is part of a group working on IPE curriculum at Indiana using an EHR.
Debra K. Litzelman, MA, MD, MACP
D. Craig Brater Professor of Global Health Education Indiana University School of Medicine
Associate Director, Indiana University Center for Health Service and Outcomes Research,
Associate Director, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute
My team and I work with Deb and Dr. Blaine Takesue to develop a platform for educators and students to safely and securely use our EHR in the classroom without the risks to patient safety or security of their private health information starting back in 2013. They received a grant from the AMA for the Accelerating Change in Medical Education (ACE) to develop a virtual health system for students. That system has grown beyond the 9 campuses at Indiana and has now been used in many other medical and allied health profession programs across the United States.
The American Medical Association has been so impressed with the development of the platform at Indiana, that they are collaborating with Regenstrief to help bring this EHR clinical learning platform to more medical schools. It is our hope that the community around this platform will continue to grow as we positively impact the change in medical education for students today and into the future.
Dr. Litzelman is one of the three presenters on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) webinar series “Innovations in Medical Education” discussing on January 29th, 2018 how Indiana University is using technology (our teaching EHR) with the students at Indiana for interprofessional education in the classroom.
If you are interested in how other education programs are “Using technology to teach team-based care” this webinar is worth the investment of time. According to the details on the webinar registration,
“This webinar discusses the innovative use of technology including the EHR and telemedicine to incorporate students into interprofessional education teams.”
Attendees of the webinar should leave the program with the following learning objectives from the information on it.
- Think through barriers institutions face in successfully implementing interprofessional education
- Learn about innovative technologies schools are using to overcome those barriers
- Discuss how specific technologies, such as EHRs and telemedicine can enhance interprofessional experiences for health professions students
In addition to Dr. Deb Litzelman from the Indiana University School of Medicine, she will be joined by:
Richard Van Eck, PhD
Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Kelly J. Caverzagie, MD, FACP, FHM
Associate Dean for Educational Strategy
Vice-President for Education, Nebraska Medicine
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
If you are interested in the discussion, I would recommend registering for the AMA Webinar. It will be a valuable investment of time if you or others you know at your school are interested in technology that can improve interprofessional education (IPE). The AMA also has done other topics within their webinar series. We kicked it off back in April 2017 with the “Implementing a virtual teaching EMR as a clinical learning platform” webinar. You can listen to the webinar if you missed it or if you would like to learn more about bringing an EHR into the classroom curricula from Dr. Maya Hammoud at the University of Michigan, and hear how Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine are using the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning platform with their students. Click on the thumbnail below to hear that replay from last year.
Dr. Hammoud will be leading the AMA Webinar on Monday, January 29th at 4 pm EST/ 1 pm PST. I have had the privilege working with Maya. She has published a number of great research articles on EHR / EMRs in the classroom. You can find a list of those here at Google Scholar for Dr. Hammoud. In particular, you might find “Opportunities and challenges in integrating electronic health records into undergraduate medical education: a national survey of clerkship directors” and the “Medical student documentation in electronic health records: a collaborative statement from the Alliance for Clinical Education” beneficial reading around the use of EHRs in curricula.
If you are not already registered for the upcoming webinar held by the AMA, please click on the button below.
EHR + IPE Demonstration
We would enjoy the opportunity of demonstrating how we use our EHR within IPE curricula. If you are interested in learning more about how our tool can help you with your IPE curriculum, please click on the special link below to get started scheduling that IPE + EHR demonstration.
We will share with you the how the team at Indiana University is using it with their IPE program and demonstrate all of the great functionality in the platform that will take your curriculum and instruction with your students to the next level.
The team here at the Regenstrief Institute is working on a lot of great enhancements to our EHR clinical learning platform. We would love to hear from you. If you have questions about the pricing of the platform for your program which starts at as little as $7 per month for users to get started or how easy it is to begin using in your program, please don’t hesitate to contact me or a member of the team.
Our mission is about impact here at the Regenstrief Institute. We want to help make a great impact in your program whether you are using an EHR for IPE or other uses. We know that we can help work with the budgets that you and your team have to make something work so your students and educators have the best tools for learning.
I look forward to meeting more of you and hearing about how an EHR / EMR can improve your curricula.
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.