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Editorial: Advances in Health Education Applying E-Learning, Simulations and Distance Technologies

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Author(s): Andre W. Kushniruk

Journal: Knowledge Management & E-Learning : an International Journal
ISSN 2073-7904

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Health professional education | Health informatics | Simulations | e-Learning | Web-based learning | Virtual learning environments | Health information technology

ABSTRACT
This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to coverage of novel advances in health professional education applying e-Learning, simulations and distance education technologies. Modern healthcare is beginning to be transformed through the emergence of new information technologies and rapid advances in health informatics. Advances such as electronic health record systems (EHRs), clinical decision support systems and other advanced information systems such as public health surveillance systems are rapidly being deployed worldwide. The education of health professionals such as medical, nursing and allied health professionals will require an improved understanding of these technologies and how they will transform their healthcare practice. However, currently there is a lack of integration of knowledge and skills related to such technology in health professional education. In this issue of the journal we present articles that describe a set of novel approaches to integrating essential health information technology into the education of health professionals, as well as the use of advanced information technologies and e-Learning approaches for improving health professional education. The approaches range from use of simulations to development of novel Web-based platforms for allowing students to interact with the technologies and healthcare practices that are rapidly changing healthcare.
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