Penn State Hershey, JPL capture top honors for patient education tool

December 17, 2014

The International E-Learning Association has selected JPL and Penn State Hershey as the winner in the Blended Learning Category of the 2014 International E-Learning Awards-Academic Division for its breast cancer patient education tool.

The International E-Learning Awards are given each year for the best work in e-learning, mobile learning and blended learning in two divisions: academic and business/industry. All submissions are evaluated on educational soundness and effectiveness, usability and overall significance. JPL and Penn State Hershey Medical Center join two other winners in academic e-learning categories.

The e-learning tool, called Nurse BEDI, stands for Breast Education Decision Aid Instrument. It was created by Dr. Rena Kass, chair of the American Society of Breast Surgeons education committee and associate professor of surgery at Penn State Hershey, in collaboration with members of the ASBS education committee, Dr. Jane Schubart of Penn State Hershey and JPL. It is supported in part by the American Cancer Society and the Penn State Hershey Department of Surgery.

The tool is designed to help standardize patient education and consultation and streamline the process for surgeons. Nurse BEDI aids in shared decision-making between the patient and the surgeon so that all breast cancer patients understand their diagnosis, know the available treatment options and have easy access to educational materials.

During an office visit, a surgeon will use the mobile software tool on a tablet or computer to capture information on the patient regarding her condition. Then, the patient will be educated on information specific to her type of breast cancer and answer a few questions. The tool generates images and information tailored to each patient’s condition and outlines treatment options. At the end of the learning session, a health care professional reviews the patient’s responses and provides additional assistance. The patient is able to ask more specific questions because she has already received the basic information from the mobile tool. One IELA judge commented that “after filling out the initial information, the software takes you by the hand.”

The learning and support tool is in the prototype phase and the creators are using feedback from the medical community and patients to guide the final version.

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Last Updated December 18, 2014