Continuing Medical Education (CME) software is an application that allows you to create and distribute online courses for medical professionals who are seeking continuing education credits. This software is also known as learning management software (LMS). When you're looking at CME software to streamline the process of publishing online courses, you should keep an eye out for these seven essential features and functions.
Medical professionals don't always have the time to sit in front of their home computers to access your course material. So, you need to let them go through your lessons with the devices that are the most convenient for them. During a long shift, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals may have some downtime that gives them the opportunity to check in from their smartphone or tablet.
This is also convenient for administrators of CME offerings. To be able to edit, confirm, or reference something on-the-go is needed function.
You don't want to handle registrations manually, as that takes far too much time out of your day. Plus it's a cumbersome process for medical professionals to deal with. The CME software should offer a full course registration signup form that automates the entire process.
Text and pictures do their job when it comes to education, but medical professionals may not be as engaged as you'd like them to be. Look for a CME solution that supports other forms of content, such as videos, quizzes, and live discussions. You can capture more attention and use new ways of teaching concepts with multimedia support.
Each person learns differently, and the CME application should support this concept. This way, medical professionals end up with a personalized experience that caters to their strengths and identifies weaknesses that need to be addressed through the course material. You can also change the course pacing based on the medical professional's activities.
Even the best CME software won't conceive every feature that could be developed. You can compensate for this by choosing a platform that offers third-party integration with other useful applications. For example, you can connect the software that you're already using, such as an email marketing program, so everything functions as an all-in-one solution.
You handle a lot of content when you put together CME courses, and trying to create, load and edit it quickly gets old if you have to do it manually. Any CME solution worth its salt will have a robust content management system available, with a user-friendly back end. You can make changes to your courses and add new offerings in a snap.
You need reporting features for several reasons. The first is to let the medical professionals know whether they're passing or failing the courses. The second is to show you how people are going through the courses, grade averages and other usage metrics. You can use this information to improve your classes, expand into new courses and incorporate feedback from your current students. Built-in data analytics can also show you engagement figures, an important metric for optimizing your courses so you get the number of attendees that you expect.
Choosing the right CME solution requires an extensive evaluation of the available options. You can narrow down the field at the start by looking for these seven core features that should be present in any platform you select.
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