MedBiquitous June 2011 Newsletter

MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2011 recap

Many thanks to the speakers and participants who made the MedBiquitous Annual Conference such a success! Don E. Detmer and Peter Greene began the conference with a welcome and overview of the MedBiquitous community's accomplishments over the past year. Robert Galbraith and Sachin Jain provided keynotes on portfolios for lifelong competence assessment and innovation in health professions education. Two reactor panels of educational experts provided a lively discussion on the impact that portfolios and other innovations would have on medical education. Thoughtful discussions continued through the unconferences on learner centric health education and driving change in healthcare education. Then we got the chance to look at the technology in action at the innovation demonstrations and throughout the panel presentations. The conference closed with an engaging and fun closing plenary from Joel Farrell on the possibilities for Watson and machine learning in healthcare education. In addition to the great content, the conference provided a great chance to network with many of the thought leaders in health education technologies.

Special thanks to sponsors American Osteopathic Association, DLC Solutions, Decision Simulation, and for their support!

Conference presentations and webcasts now available

Want to revisit one of the fantastic presentations from the conference? Download the presentation or watch it online! The following webcasts from the MedBiquitous Annual Conference are now available.

  • Introduction
  • Advancing Health Education: A MedBiquitous Update
  • An Innovation Center for Medicare and Medicaid: Opportunities for IT and Education
  • Portfolios for Lifelong Competence Assessment
  • What does it mean to be learner centric in the healthcare education IT world?
  • Life After Jeopardy! Watson and the Application for Machine Learning in Healthcare Education and Performance Improvement

In addition, many presenters have allowed us to publish their presentations. Links to presentations are available from the agenda.

Video webcasts are provided courtesy of DLC Solutions, an award-winning producer of Web, e-learning, and social media technologies for medical associations, academic centers, medical education companies, and not-for-profit firms. DLC Solutions creates innovative technologies to advance collaboration, communication, and education across the healthcare community. DLC Solutions is a proud sponsor and the video Webcasting provider for the 2011 MedBiquitous Annual Conference.

Save the date – May 2-4, 2012

The MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2012 will take place May 2-4 at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will provide the opportunity to hear the latest on technology innovations for healthcare education and competence assessment. Mark your calendars!

Zary and Reynolds recognized for accomplishments

MedBiquitous has announced the recipients of the 2011 Implementer and Innovator awards. Nabil Zary of Karolinska Institutet received the MedBiquitous Implementer Award for his work as technical lead on the eViP project,an effort to develop a repository of 320 virtual patients available for download and use by the medical education community. Robby Reynolds of the Association of American Medical Colleges received the MedBiquitous Innovator Award for his contributions to the planned Continuum of Learning Initiative, which will leverage technology standards to integrate data on curricula, learning resources, and accreditation. The resulting systems will support the educational missions of medical schools. Congratulations, Nabil and Robby!

Implementation Highlights

The annual conference provided an opportunity to learn about several important implementations of MedBiquitous standards. A few highlights are listed here.

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Board of Medical Examiners reviewed Data Commons, a data exchange framework leveraging web services and the Healthcare Professional Profile standard. The system is being used to exchange data records of 369,000 individuals.
  • The American Osteopathic Association and Medscape reviewed their use of the Activity Report standard to document CME completion for osteopathic physicians. With 84,000 CME certificates transferred, they estimate workforce cost savings at $650,000.
  • eViP reviewed their best practice guidelines for the development of Virtual Patients for exchange across systems.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs reviewed the use of Healthcare LOM in developing a shared repository, metadata search and creation tool, and content viewing and testing abilities to support sharing content across 12 government agencies.

Membership Update

MedBiquitous is pleased to welcome Duke University as a member. Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge.