EHR implementations have gone virtual in response to COVID. And so has training related to activations, upgrades, optimization projects, and onboarding of new clinics or staff. Healthcare organizations have traditionally trained in-person with dozens of software experts for larger efforts such as a go-live. Remote training is a big change for some. Here we will discuss how health systems can get the most out of virtual training, and when to consider it over traditional classroom or in-person training events.
The primary advantages to remote training are the convenience, flexibility, and reduced travel cost (not to mention one can train without a mask or gallons of hand sanitizer). This gives healthcare organizations more opportunities to perform training as processes are updated, regulations change or when user efficiency and adoption can be improved through training. Organizational leaders will need to compare the pros and cons of virtual training vs classroom training in context of how comprehensive the training is. While virtual training is a great option for multi-locations and segmented training, it is still not a replacement for at-the-elbow support or marathon training events.
How can health systems get the most from virtual training? Here are a few tips:
Record the training.
This will allow users who are unable to attend to watch the training as a later time. This also serves as a backup for individuals who experience technical difficulties to review at a later date. Most importantly, recordings can be utilized for an ongoing training library and extends the investment.
Prepare users for a positive online training experience.
Virtual training isn’t the same as in-person training, and preparing your users is critical to success whether they are attending at home or in an office.
Engage your users.
Virtual training should aim to be as interactive and hands-on as possible. Some of the tactics employed by our own trainers include:
While virtual training in itself is not a new concept, it plays a much bigger part of the overall plan for EHR users today. And it can support health system’s efforts in delivering optimization and driving adoption of new functionality moving forward.