Online Best Practice Programs Help Healthcare Providers Overcome Travel Restrictions

With business travel budgets expected to remain tight through 2010, online
clinical best practice programs may offer the healthcare industry its best
educational value, according to Sara McMannus, Program Manager of GE
Healthcare`s Global Clinical Best Practice Education. “Vendor-neutral, online
programs provide education on-demand at a fraction of the cost of travel-based
programs,” she said.

Medical professionals and clinical experts traditionally rely on industry
conferences and hands-on training programs to advance their skills.
Unfortunately, corporate measures restricting travel threaten their ability to
pursue educational objectives.

“Online education programs enable healthcare personnel to pursue personal skills
development while avoiding conflicts with corporate restrictions and other
cost-saving initiatives,” said McMannus, who manages GE Healthcare`s online
programs, including those for Sepsis Management, Electronic Fetal Monitoring and
Preventing Hospital Acquired Complications.

McMannus explained most people don`t realize that web-based programs provide a
high-quality learning experience. “Online programs engage clinicians in
real-life situations, such as by using virtual reality with interactive patient
rooms,” she stated. “Some programs, like GE Healthcare`s, also award continuing
education unit [CEU] credits upon program completion. Most importantly,
web-based learning provides hospitals with an opportunity to improve service
delivery at the point of care that might have otherwise been lost.”

To learn more about GE Healthcare`s online educational programs, visit:


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