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Why Technology for Physician Education is a Necessity, Not a Luxury

May 17, 2018

Technology continues to change the way healthcare professionals deliver care to patients, enabling faster collaboration and improving workflow processes. Thanks to mobile devices and processes, such as secure text messaging, organizations today are better equipped to provide quality support to individuals with fewer inconveniences or interruptions.

At the same time, digital tools are also evolving the way clinicians hone their craft. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, for instance, uses telemedicine tools via Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) to connect university-based specialists with primary-care clinicians to allow for faster, more efficient knowledge sharing.

Telemedicine, though, represents just one of several ways technology is reshaping physician education.

For New Doctors, AR and VR Are Not Foreign Concepts

At the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, for instance, virtual and augmented reality are helping to train clinicians to “more skillfully handle delicate interactions with patients,” according to an article published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Skip Rizzo, director for medical virtual reality at the organization, says such tools allow doctors, nurses and others to “mess up a bunch” prior to working in the trenches for real.

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