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Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform Ready for Adoption

With the help of AMA, the Regenstrief Institute has created the EHR Clinical Learning Platform to encourage EHR training among medical students.

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By Kate Monica

- The Regenstrief Institute and AMA recently announced the EHR Clinical Learning Platform is ready for implementation in schools across the country to improve EHR training in medical school curricula.

The Indiana University School of Medicine (IU) and the Regenstrief Institute developed the platform as part of AMA’s initiative to create a more EHR-literate medical community.

Through this program, AMA and the Regenstrief Institute intend to educate graduating physicians across the country on proper use of the increasingly common technology to combat a trend of physicians entering the medical field without substantial familiarity with EHRs.

“It is ironic that as EHRs have proliferated in the past decade, significant medical student exposure to these systems has decreased,” said Regenstrief research scientist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at IU School of Medicine Blaine Y. Takesue, MD. “EHRs are a tool most physicians will use every day in their practice, and data from EHRs will impact all physicians.”

The platform uses mis-identified and anonymous patient data to allow students to care for virtual patients with a variety of complex health conditions. Students can search through electronic patient records, document patient encounters, and place orders within an application mirroring EHR systems used in real physician practices today.

The program also offers an innovative way to teach medical students how EHRs are useful in dealing with issues in population health management, quality improvement, patient safety, and other areas of patient care.  

The Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform also provides the tools enabling educators to create their own customized content specifically tailored to their curriculum goals and student evaluation methods.

AMA Vice President for Medical Education Susan Skochelak, MD feels strongly that proper EHR training is a necessary part of a medical student’s education:

 “Our medical schools are very good at preparing students for the basic and clinical sciences that are essential to providing patient care. However, many residents and young physicians are coming out of medical school with gaps in their ability to practice in the modern health system. Too often, students enter residency training without the ability to effectively and efficiently work with EHRs, even though they are one of the primary tools physicians use in everyday practice. That is why we have been working with some of the nation’s leading medical schools to develop bold, innovative ways to improve physician training. The Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform is one major result of this collective work to ensure physicians are prepared to hit the ground running when they enter practice.”

This platform is one of the many innovations part of AMA’s 32-school Accelerating Change in Medical Education consortium.

The consortium is specifically geared toward increasing EHR training in medical schools to prepare them for a highly technological healthcare landscape.

AMA and the Regenstrief Institute are garnering interest from medical educators nationwide to integrate the EHR Clinical Learning Platform into their schools.

“This new collaboration between Regenstrief and the AMA reflects two realities,” Takesue said. “First, health professions schools regard EHR and informatics training as necessary for their students. Second, the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Regenstrief Institute, Eskenazi Health and the AMA believe investment in the Regenstrief Electronic Health Record Clinical Learning Platform will improve healthcare by improving the informatics ‘IQ’ of medical students and other healthcare profession students.”

So far, the UConn School of Medicine and Southern Indiana University School of Nursing have already adopted the program.

The EHR Clinical Learning Platform is another display of the Regenstrief Institute’s commitment to nationwide health data exchange.

Last month, the Regenstrief Institute confirmed its commitment to improving data standardization for streamlined health data exchange with the establishment of the Regenstrief-McDonald Chair in Data Standards honoring the work of Sam Regenstrief and Clement McDonald.

Program Director for Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Daniel Vreeman, DPT was named the first Regenstrief-McDonald Scholar in Data Standards.

LOINC and its set of standards spearheaded the effort toward interoperability by ensuring providers and systems were speaking a common language to ensure faster, easier health data exchange.

The EHR Clinical Learning Platform, like LOINC, will push the healthcare industry further toward achieving its goal of industry-wide interoperability and optimal health data exchange. 

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