Basic training prepares prescribers for first use of the Connect Care clinical information system (CIS). This usually involves in-person and/or self-directed training selected from a schedule of offerings for different specialties and roles.
Most basic training occurs as structured experiential learning in computer laboratory settings. One or more trainers work with clinical informaticians to guide a group of up to 20 learners through a set curriculum. Attendance is noted. Additional time and resources are available to those who need additional help.
When in-person training is not be possible (e.g., pandemic social distancing) or practical (e.g., small groups of locum or elective prescribers needing rapid on-boarding), virtual interaction offers alternative access to instructor lead training (ILT). Virtual (online) training takes two forms: Independent and Guided.
Online learning modules for self-directed instruction are available for many roles and specialties, including Emergency, Critical Care, Inpatient Admitting and Surgery. More independent learning modules are being developed.
Required modules are highlighted in training invitation and registration emails. They can be found in MyLearningLink by searching for courses with names following the pattern: "CMIO [Track] - Independent Learning". The independent learning module should be completed in its entirety to satisfy Basic Training requirements. Instructions are provided for completing EUPAs.
Guided online training occurs in a "virtual" computer laboratory using AHS Zoom webinar technology. Trainers and clinical informaticians help a small group of learners who observe, discuss and share during a scheduled online session. Participants register just as they would for In-person training.
The sessions can be found in MyLearningLink by searching for courses named using the pattern: "CMIO [Track] ILT" (e.g., "CMIO Surgery ILT"). The learner clicks on their ILT of choice to select a session to register for. Instructions are provided about how to prepare for the AHS Zoom session and which meeting identifier to use when joining the session.
Virtual training is supported by trainers and clinical informaticians via firstname.lastname@example.org, 07:00-21:00, 7 days a week. Virtual assistance is provided via just-in-time AHS Zoom sessions.
AHS Zoom videoconferencing is used to support Connect Care training in a number of ways. Virtual classroom instruction occurs through zoom. Drop-in and optimization training is facilitated by Zoom webinars. And person-to-person consultation and troubleshooting with Trainers and Super Users takes advantage of 1:1 Zoom sessions. Uses of Zoom for training and user support are managed by the CMIO medical informatics program (email@example.com) with help to trainees available 07:00-21:00 7 days a week via an email provided to them in their registration materials.
Course Registration - MyLearningLink
“MyLearningLink” (mylearninglink.ahs.ca, or “MLL”) is Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) online learning management platform. It is used to facilitate the registration, scheduling, delivery, completion tracking and assessments (End User Proficiency Assessments, or EUPAs) for basic training. See the "MyLearningLink" subsection for more information about how physicians can navigate the system.
For physicians who need additional Connect Care Training support when seeking the right courses, then registering, using personal computers, contact: ConnectCare.PhysicianTraining@ahs.ca