Building healthcare student competencies

In 2014, a group of instructors from institutions across the province analyzed existing electronic health record (EHR) and clinical systems to identify opportunities to include them in the current healthcare curriculum. The group developed a rubric to outline the technical and functional requirements, which led to the development of an open textbook: Health Case Studies. The open textbook was the first milestone in their effort to build an open-source, pilot-ready prototype to provide healthcare learners with hands-on experience with an EHR system in classrooms and simulation labs.

Electronic health records (EHR)

The cornerstone of the province’s eHealth strategy, EHRs provide a secure and private portfolio of a patient’s health history and care within the provincial health system. Ensuring that current students within healthcare programs have experiential learning with appropriately inputting, accessing, retrieving, and synthesizing electronic health data will provide them with the competencies required to safely deliver high-quality, patient-centred care.

Educational electronic health record system (EdEHR) project

In 2017, we worked with the project collaborators to create a proposal to secure funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to build on the research and development they had completed. The collaborative effort has been successful and the group is actively working towards the development of a resource that can be piloted and evaluated by post-secondary institutions across B.C.

Our roles in this project are to manage the development of a pilot-ready prototype and document a strategy to ensure long-term sustainability.

The environmental scan for the project is available here.