ADVANCE: Health Information Learning Resources, Vol. 1, 2021

Education Technology

2021 Virtual Practice Forecast TREND REPORT

During the past year, our community adapted to unprecedented circumstances in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic , including new plans for virtual professional practice experience (PPE) and instructional delivery. You may be asking, "Is 2021 the year when we return to normal?" But, what if we shifted our perspective? Instead of considering the idea of normality, what if we explore what's next? How can we lean into learning content that addresses significant challenges facing healthcare today?

The critical importance of topics such as health analytics, clinical documentation, and coding regulations has become even clearer. And students have had an opportunity to see how their work makes a difference, first-hand, through virtual practice. Below we’ll uncover opportunities to incorporate virtual practice into your academic program with the same technology that’s used in the workplace. Five current trends and opportunities for the future of virtual practice education: 1. EHRs continue to drive digital progress and transform care delivery. As healthcare technology evolves, cloud-based technology and release of information and pharmaceutical functions have emerged within leading EHR applications. The ability to navigate EHR applications used in the workplace is highly sought after among employers. Electronic health records (EHRs) are central to care delivery and health information educators rank EHR applications as the most critical virtual practice resources for their students. Leading systems such as MEDITECH Expanse and related practice activities have recently launched on the AHIMA VLab™ platform to provide students with hands-on experience they can highlight on their resumés.

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