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Hamilton hospitals to use Medworxx for education

HAMILTON, Ont. – Hamilton Health Sciences Corp., a teaching-hospital group made up of five hospitals and a cancer care centre, has announced plans to implement MEDlearn from Toronto-based Medworxx. The project is said to be the largest e-Learning management system deployment to date in the Ontario healthcare sector.

According to the company, Ontario-based hospitals will be able to leverage educational courses developed by Hamilton Health Sciences, ensuring healthcare workers have access to the most relevant, up-to-date information.

For its part, HHS created a business case that justified the procurement of a Learning Management System by building an ROI summary for e-learning and understanding the costs associated with the current educational processes.

“This marks a significant milestone in our effort to launch an enterprise and learning management system,” said Debra Wingfield, education coordinator at Hamilton Health Sciences. “We chose the MEDlearn solution because of its focus on the healthcare market and its ability to meet all of our e-learning and learning management requirements. This e-learning software will allow clinical educators to make required educational material easily accessible and available to all staff from any computer in the hospital system or from off-site.”

“We are particularly excited about the ability to share courses with other Ontario hospitals,” said Anthea Banks, director of clinical practice and education at Hamilton Health Sciences.

“As a leading academic teaching hospital that has invested in a large amount of research and course material development, we want to make this content available to our staff at all sites and to other Ontario hospitals,” said Banks. “MEDlearn will allow this to happen at a time when Ontario hospitals are working towards a shared services model. It is a user-friendly system that will make high-quality interactive programs available to people instantly.”

“We believe learning management systems reflect a good opportunity for the Ontario healthcare market to automate their learning requirements in a cost-effective fashion,” said Dan Matlow, president and CEO at Medworxx.

MEDlearn is a learning management system for authoring and managing online and instructor-led courses; administering pre- and post- tests, exams and surveys; assessing employee competencies; and managing individual and career learning goals. MEDlearn’s features include:

• web interface for learners and employees, complete with item-by-item status and history tracking;

• synchronized course player that integrates course content and testing;

• intuitive authoring for easy content creation of courses, exams, surveys, and other learning objects;

• management and reporting capabilities to ensure individual, group-based and corporate-wide compliance with regulatory requirements;

• full integration with the MEDcms content management platform or as a standalone application.

Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of five unique hospitals and a cancer centre, serving more than 2.2 million residents of Hamilton and central west Ontario. HHS is the second largest hospital in Ontario, the regional centre for services for burns, trauma, cardiac, stroke, neurosurgery, pediatrics, digestive diseases, high-risk obstetrics, cancer, orthopedics and rehabilitation. With a staff of about 10,000, the hospital is the largest employer in Hamilton, Ontario. As an academic teaching hospital with more than 1,000 beds and an affiliation with McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences is committed to providing exemplary health care for the people and communities we serve and advancing excellence in education and health research.

Medworxx delivers comprehensive content management and knowledge sharing solutions for the healthcare market. The Medworxx knowledge management system enables employees to create, manage and share valuable knowledge assets across the organization. More than 100,000 users across North America are using Medworxx products including, Hamilton Health Sciences, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Windsor Regional Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. More information can be found at