Professional Standards, Practice and Evidence: Exploration of Blockchain and its applicability to Health Professional Education

May 21, 2018 10:40 AM – 11:30 AM

Mark Keough, Flinders University
Ian Graham, Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
Gary Day, Griffith University

Developing on work completed recently, the collaborators are exploring the likely impact of Blockchain technologies on the field of health and medical professional practice.

The 2017 European Commission JRC Science for Policy report Blockchain in Education (Grech and Camilleri) acknowledges “currently stakeholders within education are largely unaware of the social advantages and potential of Blockchain technology.” The report also highlights “within education, activities likely to be disrupted by Blockchain technology include the award of qualifications, licensing and accreditation, management of student records, intellectual property management and payments.”

The collaborators here will present findings from three years work, that propose progressive steps in applying the xAPI standard to professional learning situations in health and education settings.  Their current research seeks to highlight the benefits of the Blockchain to this work. This presentation will explore the challenges of taxonomy, linguistics and meaning when seeking to add veracity to professional learning and the recognition of learning outcomes.

Can this all come together in a standards based setting and if not what key elements are missing? They will present the Intrinsic Learning app as a key demonstration of future methodology for evidence based approaches to assessing trainees’ progress towards independent practice and the achievement of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA’s).  They will also consider opportunities for articulating these methodologies and technologies throughout a career of health professional practice and lifelong learning.