May 4, 2012 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Juliana J Brixey PhD, MPH, RN, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Chieh-wen E Hsu, PhD, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Amy Franklin, PhD, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Rui Zeng, PhD, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Munir Mohammad, BS, UT Health Science Center at Houston
James P Turley, PhD, RN, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Simulation creates a consistent learning experience for students through the standardization of both the context and stimulus. Standardization can be very useful when teaching workflow modeling. Workflow modeling is an essential skill for health informatics students entering the workforce to select, implement, and evaluate EHRs. Workflow modeling requires students to model current state and future state workflow in a clinical setting such as an ambulatory care. Failure to accurately model workflow in the clinical setting can result in loss of efficiency, resulting in increased cost and medical errors. Identifying the ideal clinical location for students is a challenge due to privacy and security of personal health information, clinical activity, and the geographic location of students. These issues can be overcome with the creation of simulations in Second Life. The SBMI faculty created a current state workflow in a clinic not using an EHR. Students were given the opportunity to experience the current state workflow of each involved actor during a reenactment of the admission process. The reenactment was also recorded using Panopto© and published on YouTube for students to review when completing workflow assignments. Students reported the simulation as a positive learning experience and the video recording was useful to review workflow. The faculty could provide consistent and constructive feedback because the students had the same learning experience.