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Ongoing training in the healthcare sector: The 5 great challenges, and how to address them

28. September 2015

In the USA alone, more than 18 million people work in the field of "Healthcare and Social Assistance".[i] This clearly demonstrates the sector's importance to the economy. At the same time, the healthcare sector is an industry that faces special challenges and constant change. What exactly makes this sector so special?
In this article, we would like to examine the following five main challenges and the training requirements in more detail:

  1. Demographic change
  2. Need for information exchange between different institutions
  3. High cost pressure
  4. New treatments
  5. Continuous improvement of care conditions

You will learn how training officers can respond to these particular situations.

An aging society with increasingly improving care conditions: Seeking qualified care staff

The demographic change results in an ageing society. This means that the need for care staff and the demand for new technologies, which make life in old age easier, will continue to increase. For example, technologies for remote diagnosis, that could save a trip to the doctor. With such systems the health and activities of patients or elderly persons can - as the name indicates - be monitored remotely and, if critical conditions become apparent, the system can send automated feedback.
This, however, results in a second special challenge for the healthcare sector, namely the ongoing improvement of care conditions. At first, this might appear to be a gain or an improvement of living conditions, which it certainly is; however, the challenge of keeping existing and new staff continuously up to date comes with it. How can we manage this with regards to logistics? E-learning provides quick and efficient advanced training to even large groups. The learning content offered in a Learning Management System can be updated quickly and made available online to learners across different locations. Users are not only able to access current contents at any time and from anywhere, they can also organise their study plans independently and share experiences within the framework of social learning functions.

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