DEERFIELD, Ill., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics introduces Personalized Education Plan (PEP): the industry's first competency-based clinical laboratory education model focused exclusively on the individual. Healthcare professionals, guided by their own instructional Avatar, are easily able to plan a wide variety of product-specific, professional development and job-relevant courses. And because PEP also tracks each individual's training path, it becomes easier for healthcare staff to monitor their progress as they work towards achieving required knowledge proficiency requirements and ensuring they remain current and compliant.
At a time when clinical laboratory managers face staffing shortages, cost constraints, and greater workloads — all while helping healthcare providers deliver quality patient care — the value of education becomes increasingly important. PEP helps address many of these challenges with an innovative approach to professional healthcare education. This includes a new standard for competency-based education, administrative and tracking support for all participants, along with the ability to mold the curriculum to support various learning needs.
"Over the past four decades, the clinical laboratory diagnostics market has relied heavily upon a 'train-the-trainer' approach for laboratorians to achieve mastery of sophisticated instrumentation, which can be inefficient and expensive," said Chris Christopher, Vice President, Global Customer Solutions, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. "By leveraging today's IT and advanced learning management systems, we developed Personalized Education Plan—a highly innovative, competency-based learning approach that will dramatically change the way our industry conducts training."
PEP offers customized laboratory education that blends interactive training with hands-on practi