Author: Joel Selzer

The American Academy of Pediatrics and ArcheMedX Prepare Healthcare Providers for the 2015-16 Flu Season

With flu season underway in the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has collaborated with ArcheMedX to power an online educational program designed to update health care providers on recommendations for preventing and treating Influenza in children.

Charlottesville, VA (January 13, 2016) – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and ArcheMedX announce the launch of an online education program to update pediatricians on flu prevention and treatment guidance. The 2015-16 Influenza Prevention Program, which is available to the 64,000 members of the AAP, includes updated recommendations for routine use of seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children. It also reaffirms AAP support for mandatory influenza vaccination for all health care workers nationwide.

The education program includes four interactive learning modules, powered by the ArcheViewer, that highlight key recommendations from the AAP influenza policy statements, “Recommendation for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2015-2016” and “Influenza Immunization for All Health Care Personnel: Keep It Mandatory.”

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from influenza each year and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications annually. Since young children are at high risk for serious flu complications, the AAP and CDC strongly recommend vaccination each season as the most important step in protecting against influenza. Because influenza is unpredictable and can be severe, the AAP recommends that children clinically presumed to have influenza should be considered early for antiviral treatment when indicated.

This year’s educational program is being delivered within the ArcheViewer, an interactive e-Learning platform developed by ArcheMedX, to provide AAP members a more efficient way to review the 2015-16 policy updates and apply key lessons to practice. Recommendations for the 2015-16 Influenza season are available online to all AAP members free of charge and can be accessed through PediaLink, the Academy’s online education portal.AAP_3_computer_screens_small

Each online learning module has been designed to deconstruct and simplify the most critical updates in the AAP influenza policy statements while providing pediatricians and pediatric medical and surgical specialists access to critical resources. Interspersed throughout the modules are educator notes and interactive polls designed by faculty to prompt learners to reflect and review additional resources at the right moments, making it simpler to translate key recommendations from the guidelines into clinical practice.

This interactive learning experience also includes the ability for AAP members to take notes synchronized to where they are in the module, submit questions electronically to faculty, set personal reminders with the click of a button, and search relevant resources collated by faculty in each of the following 4 learning modules:

  1. Prevention and Control of Influenza
  2. Immunization for all Health Care Personnel
  3. Office Testing and Vaccinating Egg-Allergic Children
  4. Use of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests (RIDTs)

As AAP members take action and engage with the content, learning data are collected, analyzed, and presented back to faculty through the ArcheViewer’s administrative interface and real-time dashboards. This approach enables the AAP team to rapidly assess the impact of the education and to refine the learning modules as needed over time.

ArcheMedX Media Contact: Brian S. McGowan, Chief Learning Officer of ArcheMedX at brian@archemedx.com

AAP Media Contact: Noreen Stewart, nstewart@aap.org, 847-434-7944

About American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org or follow us at @AmerAcadPeds.

About ArcheMedX

ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform, that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas.  Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit www.archemedx.com.

 

 

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NACCME and ArcheMedX Announce Launch of a 5-Part Educational Series to Improve the Treatment of Patients with Psoriasis and Extend Successful Collaboration

Building upon the success of two prior online CME programs, NACCME and ArcheMedX are developing a new educational curriculum that will utilize the ArcheViewer to deliver education designed to improve the assessment and treatment of patients with Psoriasis.

Charlottesville, VA (January 8, 2016) – Following the success of two highly effective educational initiatives, North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (NACCME) and ArcheMedX and are pleased to announce an expanded collaboration with the launch of a new online educational series designed to improve the assessment and treatment of patients with psoriasis. This innovative e-learning program, supported by an educational grant from Lilly USA, LLC, is comprised of five interactive web-based activities for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) and is powered by the ArcheViewer, a data-driven e-learning and real-time analytics platform.

Since the onset of the collaboration between NACCME and ArcheMedX, a total of 13 online activities have launched, including five from the most recent initiative, Strategies To Improve The Assessment And Treatment Of Psoriasis: A Roadmap For NPs And PAs. The first e-learning programs developed in collaboration between NACCME and ArcheMedX, Evidence-Based Approaches For Achieving Full Clearance In Nail Psoriasis and Patient-Centric Care Strategies For Early And Advanced Parkinson’s Disease, have achieved tremendous impact since launching earlier in 2015. The continued success, including exceptional completion rates and high levels of learner engagement, can be attributed to the more interactive nature of the learning activities.Naccme_Psoriasis_Transparent_Small

Interspersed throughout the activities are a series of Educator Notes and interactive polls designed by faculty to prompt learners to reflect and take action at the right moments, driving them to review additional related resources (i.e., journal articles, clinical studies, and practice tools) made available directly within the ArcheViewer. These “nudges” encourage learners to more actively participate throughout the e-learning activities, enabling them to absorb critical lessons more efficiently and move newly learned concepts into long-term memory.

Mike Kearney, SVP, Educational Strategy at NACCME, explains, “We are excited to expand our partnership with ArcheMedX. The ArcheVeiwer allows NACCME to provide interactive continuing educational activities that continue to exceed the expectations of our learners and demonstrate terrific outcomes.”

The most recent educational initiative in psoriasis launched on December 15, 2015 and includes 5 interactive web-based activities powered by the ArcheViewer. In addition to faculty nudges, this interactive education currently engages clinicians by providing a suite of learning tools that enable them to:

  • Take, sync, and archive their own notes
  • Respond to in-lesson polling
  • Set personal reminders with the click of a button
  • Explore relevant resources collated by faculty
  • Submit questions to faculty

Data analysis is a cornerstone of the ArcheViewer’s approach to transforming e-learning and the comprehensive learning measurement and outcomes analysis capabilities also provided by the ArcheViewer enable the NACCME team to more effectively assess the impact of their education and to continually develop better educational programs over time.

To learn more about NACCME’s online educational programs and content development capabilities please contact Mike Kearney at mkearney@naccme.com. To learn more about the ArcheViewer and how ArcheMedX is transforming online education across healthcare, please contact Brian S. McGowan, Chief Learning Officer of ArcheMedX at brian@archemedx.com.

About NACCME

The North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (NACCME) is committed to developing and disseminating live, print, and web-based CME/CE activities to provide an educational forum through which healthcare practitioners may examine current medical issues, therapies, and technologies. The content of NACCME-sponsored CME/CE activities is designed to bridge the gap between current and best healthcare practices and to improve healthcare quality by strengthening practitioner awareness of evidence-based patient care advances in a broad range of therapeutic areas. NACCME produces CME/CE activities for physicians, pharmacists, podiatrists, nurses, physician assistants, and other allied healthcare professionals. The objective of the NACCME CME/CE program is to increase healthcare practitioner knowledge, competence, and performance, thereby improving patient outcomes.

About ArcheMedX

ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform, that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas.  Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit www.archemedx.com.

 

 

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AKH and ArcheMedX Extend Collaboration to Improve Education for Nephrologists and Transplant Surgeons

Based on the success of two previous online educational series, AKH and ArcheMedX are developing a new program that will utilize the ArcheViewer to deliver education designed to improve the management of renal transplants and reduce the risk of kidney rejection

Charlottesville, VA (January 5, 2016) – After two highly successful educational initiatives, ArcheMedX and AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare (AKH), are pleased to announce an expanded collaboration with the pending launch of a new online educational series designed to improve the management of renal transplants. This innovative e-learning program will deliver a series of interactive web-based activities to nephrologists, transplant surgeons, and transplant centers utilizing the ArcheViewer, a data-driven e-learning and real-time analytics platform.

The first e-learning programs developed in collaboration between AKH and ArcheMedX, Clinical Trial Design And Implications For Translating Research Into Clinical Practice In Epilepsy and Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis: Is There Common Ground, have enjoyed great success since launching earlier in 2015. For example, the Common Ground program continues to demonstrate high learner engagement levels and greater than 80% completion rates across the case-based activities. The success can be attributed to the mAKHCME_Psoriasis_Transparent_Smallore interactive nature of the online education and the nearly 700 learner actions taken by nurse practitioners and nurses during the program.

Interspersed throughout the cases are a series of educator notes and interactive polls designed by faculty to prompt learners to reflect and take action at the right moments, driving them to review additional related resources (i.e., journal articles, clinical studies, and practice tools) made available directly within the ArcheViewer. These “nudges” encourage learners to more actively participate throughout the e-learning activities, enabling them to absorb critical lessons more efficiently and move newly learned concepts into long-term memory.

Kelly Kraines, Vice President – Operations & Programming at AKH, explains, “We are delighted to expand our partnership with ArcheMedX. Their team understands AKH’s mission and utilizing the ArcheViewer to power our education helps to provide innovative continuing educational activities that truly enhance and augment healthcare professionals’ training and positively influence the care of patients.”

The new educational initiative in renal transplantation, The Rejection Guessing Game: Individualizing Calcineurin Inhibitor (CNI) Therapy to Manage Rejection in Renal Transplantation Patients, is supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Inc., and scheduled to launch in early 2016 and will include 2 e-learning activities powered by the ArcheViewer. In addition to faculty nudges, this interactive education will engage clinicians by providing a suite of learning tools that enable them to:

  • Take, sync, and archive their own notes
  • Respond to in-lesson polling
  • Set personal reminders with the click of a button
  • Explore relevant resources collated by faculty
  • Submit questions to faculty

Learning measurement is a cornerstone of the ArcheViewer’s approach to transforming e-learning. As learners take action and engage with content, real-time data is collected, analyzed, and presented back to planners and faculty. This approach enables the AKH team to rapidly assess the impact of the education and to refine content as needed over time. The result is a far more effective approach to online training that is designed to improve education over time and to coax reflection and recall of evidence-based lessons to clinical practice.

About AKH

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare (AKH) is an accredited provider of continuing education for licensed healthcare professionals and has built a reputation for high quality programs that adhere to education and accreditation standards. AKH offers a variety of continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education (CE) methods and topics, designed for physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals.

About ArcheMedX

ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform, that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas.  Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit www.archemedx.com.

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ArcheMedX Selected as Finalist for 2015 Best of eLearning! Awards

The ArcheViewer, a data-driven elearning and analytics platform, has been named a finalist in the 2015 Best of eLearning Awards for the best Learning Analytics Solution.

Since launching in 2013, the ArcheViewer has empowered the nation’s leading healthcare organizations to more effectively deliver and analyze hundreds of online training programs. The elearning and analytics platform, developed by ArcheMedX, enables healthcare educators to construct online learning experiences that nudge their learners to take action at the right moments, helping to move newly learned concepts into long term memory. By capturing how learners actually interact around planned content, educators can access new types of learning data and analytics to more efficiently assess and continuously improve their education programs.

In its 11th year, the Best of Elearning! Awards are the exclusive users and readers choice abest-of-elearning-2015-awards-postwards program for e-learning products and services. Readers and professionals from both the private and public sector cast more than 4,000 nominations for the best-in-class solutions across 30 product categories. This year the ArcheViewer’s users nominated it as the best “Learning Analytics Solution”.

The Voting Process

Elearning! Media Group readers, practitioners and community members nominated and voted for products and solutions via Elearning! Media Group’s online ballot. All ballots were cast between August 1 and October 15, 2015. Each ballot was reviewed and validated by the editorial team and all vendor ballots were voided.

Joel Selzer, CEO of ArcheMedX, commented, “While we are certainly honored to have the ArcheViewer recognized by our users as one of the best elearning solutions of 2015, the real winners are the millions of patients that are benefiting from the improved training their doctors and nurses have received.”

To learn more about how ArcheMedX is transforming online learning across the healthcare industry, please contact the ArcheMedX team at info@archemedx.com or schedule a product demonstration of the ArcheViewer today.

About ArcheMedX

ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform, that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas.  Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit www.archemedx.com.

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Is Innovation The Key To Reducing Wasted Spending In Healthcare?

A recent article in Harvard Business Review shares how the U.S. can reduce waste in healthcare spending by $1 trillion…and continued innovation is the key!

shutterstock_208611460_smallAccording to the authors, the U.S. can only achieve this ambitious goal if it continues to encourage and invest in broader innovation across the healthcare industry. The good news is that we have already made significant strides and recent successes in new value based payment models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and consumer directed health plans are quickly gaining traction and demonstrating meaningful results, with ACOs saving $410 million in 2014 alone. However, to cut $1 trillion in wasted spending the U.S. must accelerate its efforts and combine payment reforms and incentive structures (which can eliminate nearly $600 billion in wasted spending) with more innovative and efficient ways to deliver better patient care.

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Digital health is one such area of innovation and a new report by Accenture illustrates how  digital health could save primary care $10 billion annually through enabling patients to shorten office visits, self-monitor conditions, and expand their access to virtual consults. As shown in the infographic to the left, applying digital health tools to annual patient visits alone could save each primary care physician in the United States an average of five minutes per encounter, equivalent to $7 billion in annual savings.

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To catalyze the digital health revolution,  U.S. venture firms poured $3.3 billion into digital health investments in the first three quarters of 2015, exceeding funding during the same period in 2014. According to a recent analysis of how top investors are channeling their funds into digital health, the “smart money” has been placing bets in the following areas: Healthcare cost transparency, Big data Healthcare analytics, Quantified self, Real-time healthcare, and Personal medicine and information.

Digital health and payment reforms aren’t the only areas requiring innovation and investment, yet not all public and private sector initiatives actually produce the desired results. For example, CMS still wastes $17 billion annually in avoidable hospital readmissions despite providing $20 billion in incentives to accelerate the deployment and use of electronic medical records (EMRs). This investment hasn’t yet achieved the desired results because coordinating care, which is essential to reducing unnecessary visits, is difficult to achieve when medical providers still struggle to share patient data, communicate efficiently, and lack the requisite training to function as a coordinated team.

 

Clearly, successful innovation requires trial and error and if the first attempt fails (which it often does) you need to iterate and try again.  Thankfully, CMS recognizes this challenge, as does nearly every U.S venture firm, and the CMS Innovation Center recently awarded $685 million to more than three dozen physician groups, health systems and other organizations to spur innovation by increasing training, education, and investment in information technology, care coordination, and quality-improvement efforts.

With any luck, the pace of investment and innovation will continue to accelerate in the months to come and the reduction in wasted spending that results will lead to savings for all and most importantly improved care.

Joel Selzer
CEO, ArcheMedX
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ArcheMedX Comparative Research on eLearning to be Recognized at CBI’s Independent Medical Education & Grants Breakthrough Summit

A comparative study that found that learners participating in ArcheMedX-powered online education had nearly four times greater changes in knowledge and competence will be recognized as an example of how research is transforming the way continuing education should be designed and delivered

A recent comparative research study on eLearning effectiveness, conducted by ArcheMedX, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM), and AcademicCME has been selected as one of three “Changemakers” to be highlighted at the 2015 Independent Medical Education & Grants Breakthrough Summit. The Changemaker Channel program is designed to recognize research that is transforming the way continuing education is designed and delivered.

Comparative Effectiveness in eLearning Research Project

White Paper ThumbnailThis pioneering research was designed to understand the comparative effectiveness of different online education models. The intervention group participated in more interactive online education, designed according to the ArcheMedX Learning Actions Model and powered by the award-winning ArcheViewer eLearning and Analysis platform, and the control group participated in more traditional online education delivered through an existing online CE portal. The data collected within this program was evaluated utilizing a single-sample analysis of pre-test and initial post-test performance of 711 clinician learners. These data revealed that learners who participated in the ArcheViewer-powered education demonstrated changes in knowledge and competence that were nearly four-times greater than that of the control group who participated in a traditional online series utilizing the same primary video content.

As Dr. Brian S. McGowan, Chief Learning Officer of ArcheMedX, explains, “In partnership with AcademicCME and PIM we were able to design and implement a study that provides a critical research framework for the CE community. We need to move on from asking the question ‘did our interventions work’ to begin asking the question ‘why did our interventions work’”. He continued, “By now we should feel generally confident that appropriately designed eLearning can move the bar for our learners, but with these results we now know that the bar can be raised much, much higher!”

This educational series was supported by an independent educational grant from Sanofi US and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Alliance, which allowed PIM and AcademicCME to independently develop and distribute a three-part educational curriculum entitled “Incorporating Advancements in Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics into Patient Management Strategies for Dyslipidemia” and provided the opportunity to execute this research project.

To learn more about the methods and results of this innovative research project you can download a comprehensive White Paper that was recently published. To participate in the online courses use this link to learn more and register (free of charge).


About ArcheMedX
ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas. Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit https://www.archemedx.com.

About AcademicCME
AcademicCME is a physician-run, healthcare solutions medical education company designed to impact practice behavior and thus patient outcomes. AcademicCME leadership draws on the more than 45 years of clinical experience of its staff physicians in clinical practice and education, which provides a unique understanding of the dynamics between physician behavior, patient care and practice based educational needs. Visit http://www.academiccme.com for more information.

About PIM
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) is nationally accredited to certify education and issue continuing education credit to a multidisciplinary audience of learners. PIM is recognized for the highest level of excellence by being awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the ACCME and Accredited with Distinction by the ANCC. PIM specializes in joint providership, outcomes measurement, and grant solicitation/funding support; PIM also offers an online eLearning platform with traffic guarantees, http://www.cmeuniversity.com.

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First NCQA-Certified Clinical Educational Initiative Launches

New initiative supports primary care clinicians in seeking and renewing PCMH Recognition

WASHINGTON, DC (September 3) — To support clinicians in their efforts to regularly improve and renew their Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition status, The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and its collaborating partners, Med-IQ and ArcheMedX, announce the launch of certified continuing medical education (CME)/continuing education (CE) activities for current PCMH-Recognized practices.

The PCMH model is poised to play a critical role in strengthening the larger health care system and is rooted in the goals of the National Quality Strategy (NQS), which was established as part of the Affordable Care Act. The NCQA PCMH Recognition Program directly supports the key priorities and guiding principles of the Triple Aim of the NQS: (1) better care, (2) healthy people/healthy communities and (3) affordable care. PCMH Recognition is not an endpoint, but a process for validating that a primary care practice is poised for continuous improvement. Nearly 53,000 clinicians at more than 11,000 practices have earned the NCQA PCMH seal to date, and 37 states currently have reimbursement initiatives that take NCQA Recognition into account.

This blended learning program aims to guide health care professionals who are already practicing in a NCQA-Recognized PCMH practice, as well as those who are interested in becoming recognized by NCQA. The first phase of the program is interactive educational workshops held in several locations throughout the country.

At the first of these workshops, Strategies for Success as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, held today in Baltimore, MD, faculty engaged with a highly motivated group of more than 90 participants representing 26 PCMH practices and 166 primary care clinicians to review the most recent evidence-based approaches to screening, treatment and referral. These approaches covered six therapeutic areas that are of central importance to clinicians practicing in a PCMH setting, including:

  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hepatitis C virus
  • Obesity
  • Overactive bladder

Next month, NCQA will invite its 11,000 recognized practices to participate in an innovative, team-based, online learning experience powered by the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning delivery and analysis platform. Practices will be able to participate as teams in a 12-part video-based curriculum that will enable each team to engage in a deeper exploration of the clinical topics.

In the coming months, the NCQA, Med-IQ and ArcheMedX teams will be presenting “Aligning Certified Continuing Education with New Practice Models: How Continuing Education Drives Quality Transformation in the Patient-Centered Medical Home” at the 2016 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) meeting. This presentation will show how aligning CE activities with new clinical practice models provides the medical education community with a profound opportunity to transform quality and improve care in the United States.

The combined team will also be available at the ACEhp AQS quality meeting onSeptember 28-30, 2015, at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare in Chicago, IL, to answer questions and provide additional detail on the design and implementation of the broad national program.

For more information and workshop locations, e-mail info@med-iq.com or contact:

Andy Reynolds, (202) 955-3518
reynolds@ncqa.org

Matt Brock, (202) 955-1739
brock@ncqa.org

Commercial Support

This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie, Allergan, Inc., Amgen, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., AstraZeneca, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Lilly, Sanofi, Sanofi US and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., U.S. Region.

The Collaboration

This program has been conceived, designed, engineered and implemented by the NCQA in partnership with Med-IQ and ArcheMedX. The synergy of these three organizations provides an ideal framework for the development of high-quality, relevant, meaningful education. The NCQA and Med-IQ have partnered for more than 4 years on award-winning, published, performance-based education. ArcheMedX enhances this partnership by delivering a team-based, data-driven, connected learning experience to participants.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

About Med-IQ

Med-IQ, America’s most respected provider of continuing medical education (CME), inspires healthcare professionals through award-winning activities that deliver sophisticated outcomes-based educational designs with measurable results in professional competence and performance. Med-IQ is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN), and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing medical education to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, respectively.

As a leader in the CME industry, Med-IQ has delivered 32 performance improvement (PI) and quality improvement (QI) initiatives that make use of systems-based training such as Crew Resource Management (CRM) to improve team performance and patient outcomes. These initiatives have achieved improvement in healthcare professional performance, quality of care, and patient outcomes. Med-IQ’s work in this space has been published 30 times in peer-reviewed journals, and the company has been recognized by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions for excellence in CE research (William Campbell Felch Award 2013, 2011), educational collaborations (2013), outstanding CME outcomes assessment (2012), and exceptional leadership and contributions to the CE profession (Leadership Award 2015, 2013; Distinguished Fellow Award 2015; President’s Award 2015, 2012; Rising Star Award 2015). To learn more about Med-IQ, visit www.Med-IQ.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

About ArcheMedX

ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas. Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit www.archemedx.com.

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Innovative Comparative Research in Continuing Education Demonstrates Nearly Four-Times Greater Changes in Knowledge and Competence

AcademicCME and ArcheMedX, in collaboration with the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM), completed a head-to-head trial finding that clinician learners participating in education powered by the ArcheViewer had greater improvement in learning and competency than those participating in traditional online learning.

ArcheMedX announced today, in collaboration with PIM and AcademicCME, the results of an initial comparative analyses that measured changes in knowledge and competence from a recently launched educational series designed for healthcare professionals managing patients with dyslipidemia.

4x figure blue and orangeThe data was evaluated utilizing a single-sample analysis of pre-test and first post-test performance of 711 learners and revealed that clinician learners who participated in the ArcheViewer-powered education demonstrated changes in knowledge and competence that were nearly four-times greater than that of the control group who participated in a traditional online series utilizing the same primary video content. More detailed analyses and data are available within a complimentary white paper (download pdf).

“While we have seen profound impact with each of the educational series we have developed in Partnership with ArcheMedX, this is the first time we have been able to execute a rigorous head-to-head trial of eLearning models. The results of this trial demonstrate that we can have a much greater impact on learning and competence than has been historically produced. There is a better way to deliver online education and these findings should help the CE Community structure more effective educational activities.” commented Dr. Timothy Hayes, President of AcademicCME.

The ArcheViewer, an award-winning eLearning delivery and analysis platform, was utilized by AcademicCME and PIM to construct a more interactive online learning experience supporting a series of educational videos. Faculty and educational planners created Educator Notes and Interactive Polls that were scheduled to appear at relevant moments within the content, many of which were linked to critical resources (i.e., articles, guidelines, tools, etc.) curated by Faculty and made available to learners to review and download all within the platform. Learners were able to take digital notes synchronized to the content, set a personalized series of enduring reminders in accordance with spaced learning theory, and search a resource library populated by the educational planners. By driving the learners to engage in the content and take a variety of critical actions, the ArcheViewer helps to highlight and support content related to the predefined learning objectives.

As Joel Selzer, CEO of ArcheMedX, explains, “The ArcheMedX Learning Actions model and the ArcheViewer provide the CE community the educational framework and eLearning platform they need to transform how clinicians learn online. We know that changing the way the healthcare community teaches and learns is no small task, and we are delighted to work closely with AcademicCME and PIM to explore how a more innovative approach to online learning can dramatically improve knowledge and competence among healthcare professionals.”

Watch this 98 second video to see how the ArcheMedX Learning Model and ArcheViewer achieve these results.

This educational series was supported by an independent educational grant from Sanofi US and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Alliance, which allowed PIM and AcademicCME to independently develop and distribute a three-part educational curriculum entitled Incorporating Advancements in Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics into Patient Management Strategies for Dyslipidemia and provided the opportunity to execute this research project.

To learn more about this research and/or this educational series, please contact Dr. Timothy Hayes. For additional information on ArcheMedX and its innovative approach to online education, including the ArcheViewer eLearning and analysis platform, please contact Joel Selzer, CEO of ArcheMedX.


About AcademicCME
AcademicCME is a physician-run, healthcare solutions medical education company designed to impact practice behavior and thus patient outcomes. AcademicCME leadership draws on the more than 45 years of clinical experience of its staff physicians in clinical practice and education, which provides a unique understanding of the dynamics between physician behavior, patient care and practice based educational needs. Visit www.academiccme.com for more information.

About ArcheMedX

ArcheMedX is a healthcare informatics and e-learning technology company that is transforming online education through a data-driven approach to learning. By leveraging nearly five decades of cognitive science and years of applied research, the ArcheMedX team developed the ArcheViewer, an award-winning e-learning and analytics platform that enables educators to construct, deliver, and assess more interactive and effective online learning experiences.

ArcheMedX currently partners with dozens of healthcare organizations (national medical societies, leading academic medical centers, and global medical education companies) to power and analyze hundreds of Web-based learning experiences available across dozens of clinical areas.  Learners who participate in ArcheViewer-powered education have been found to improve their knowledge and competence at a level nearly four times greater than traditional online education. To learn more, visit www.archemedx.com.

About PIM
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) is nationally accredited to certify education and issue continuing education credit to a multidisciplinary audience of learners. PIM is recognized for the highest level of excellence by being awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the ACCME and Accredited with Distinction by the ANCC. PIM specializes in joint providership, outcomes measurement, and grant solicitation/funding support; PIM also offers an online eLearning platform with traffic guarantees,www.cmeuniversity.com/.

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eLearning Head-to-Head Trial Results

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This comparative analysis revealed that clinician learners who participated in the ArcheViewer-powered education demonstrated changes in knowledge and competence that were nearly FOUR-times greater than that of the control group who participated in a traditional online series utilizing the same primary video content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Market for Education Technology is Booming and Fueling a Wave of Learning Innovation!

On the heels of LinkedIn’s acquisition of Lynda.com (a leading online course provider) for $1.5B in April, news spread this week that Blackboard is seeking a $3B+ sale via an upcoming auction. This move comes just a few short years after Blackboard was taken private by investors in 2011 for a mere $1.64B, and at a time when the Advisory Board recently completed its acquisition of Royall & Company (student engagement and enrollment management solution) for $850M and when experts predict the global e-learning market will reach $107B this year alone. (Update: In addition, Instructure is also preparing for an $800M IPO).

Adding fuel to the education technology or “Ed Tech” fireball, three independent reports published over the past few weeks reveal that funding for education technology companies is at an all time high. According to the combined analysis, total investment levels for the first half of 2015 ranged from $1.4B to $2.5B (depending on the criteria used by each report).  This exceeds the total funding for all of 2014, creating a very positive trend for the future of online learning.

All EdTech Dollars in Deals

According to EdSurge, there were 161 EdTech investments around the world during the first half of 2015, totaling $1.59 billion. In spite of a few outlier quarters the investment pace is growing by approximately 20% quarter-over-quarter, while the latest research from CB Insights (I love their daily insight reports btw) reported that financing grew from $944 million in 2013 to $1.6 billion in 2014, a 71% increase. In the last four quarters, including Q2’15, Ed Tech startups attracted $2.3 billion, a jump of 96% compared to the previous four quarters.

The explosive growth in education technology funding over the past few years has, not surprisingly, mirrored a sharp increase in the acceptance of online education and the effectiveness of online tools that improve teaching and learning…such as the use of interactive video-based training and other innovative digital approaches. Just look at Kaltura’s “2015 State of Video in Education” report that shows that 91% of organizations believed that video had a positive impact on learner satisfaction and 82% said they thought the use of video led to better student achievement.

We see the positive impact online learning is having every day at ArcheMedX and recent reports from Transparency Market Research and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education show that online learning has indeed demonstrated a positive impact in patient outcomes and that increased demand for online learning will drive the continued growth for global medical education. In particular, the Transparency Market report predicts that we will see a rise in continuing medical education (CME) and new e-learning technologies that will dramatically accelerate the adoption of clinical best practices across the healthcare industry.

Joel Selzer
Chief Executive Officer
ArcheMedX, Inc.
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