Today I wanted to talk about health e-learning software. It’s a great topic because it’s a fun one (e-learning is always interesting) but it’s also a life-saver.

Learning in health fields can be a bit of a paradox. On one hand the research suggests that the best approaches are problem based and hands on. On the other hand it’s not possible to start off ‘hands on’ for obvious reasons.

Software has the power to solve –or at least greatly mitigate- this paradox. From simulations of pharmaceutical practice to simulations of surgery the options are endless. Not only is fast hands on learning possible, continuous feedback can inform and guide the learner.

Some of the earliest –and most spectacular- work in this area was hardware assisted, and directed to training surgeons. Life-sized models can enable the student-surgeon to practice their craft with continuous feedback.

So far we’ve spoken only of practioner directed education, but  health e-learning software also offers a variety of health education options for the public as well. Imagine sophisticated, narrative based games that teach the basics (and even beyond!) of health and human biology to students. Or software that engagingly explains aspects of disease to patients with chronic illness, teaching them strategies to manage and mitigate and giving them the sense of self-efficacy needed to manage their condition.

Nor need e-learning only be for mastery- it can also be used for assessment. Presenting real and practical problems for student practioners and then assessing their performance, for example is a possibility, and those practical problems might range from running a virtual practice, to calculating dosages, to recommending lifestyle interventions for depression.

Clearly health e-learning software, like e-learning software in general, is an exciting new field. If you’re interested in Software solutions in this area, or any area for that matter, get in contact with us. Our number is 9199 9666, so pick up the phone and give us a call.