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JAN 2019

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EMSWORLD.com | JANUARY 2019 45 Building Your Own The need for a more robust learning management system led Pro EMS to build its own platform. The organization had tried numer- ous other online CE systems but found none met the needs of its training officers, paramedics, and EMTs. So in 2016 it created Prodigy, an online learning management system built around the new NCCP model and designed to address the needs of EMS personnel and the regional agencies and fire departments Pro EMS trains. It is flexible enough to meet the needs of agencies not using the NCCP model, DiClemente says. "Previously in Massachusetts there was no live requirement for recertification, so we were just using all distributive education for our recert," says DiClemente, who took a lead role in developing the system. "But when we moved to the National Registr y require- ments, we needed to do more live education for our organization, as well as the other organizations we train." DiClemente says Pro EMS faced logistics and management chal- lenges in offering consistent, high-quality live training and began to look at online platforms as a possible solution. "We wanted to stay within the spirit of the NCCP and allow pro- viders to do some of their own training off site as well as choose what training they did live or distributive," he says. "We thought that if the flexibility is there in the recertification guidelines, the flexibility should be there in the training platform." The Pro EMS team can now create and distribute new content quickly, track which classes are completed, and provide consistent high-quality coursework across the agency and to other ser vices, and it now has an interface to meet both providers' and training officers' needs. DiClemente and others on the Pro EMS team see more robust digital training platforms as a critical par t of the future of EMS continuing education as the industr y moves toward a lifelong learn- ing model focused on evidence-based medicine. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Susanna J. Smith is a content strategist and freelance writer who focuses on the future of healthcare and how new technologies and care models are reshaping the healthcare industr y. She holds a master's in public health from Columbia Universit y and has worked as a writer, editor, and researcher for more than 10 years. Follow her work at @SusannaJSmith. MORE ONLINE! For more training and education content visit www.emsworld.com/training-education.

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