Belfast firm launches healthcare training site
A video-based e-learning site for healthcare professionals developed by Belfast company StreamOn has been launched.
The site will provide training from medical professional bodies, commencing at launch with content from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, the Northern Ireland Centre for Postgraduate Pharmaceutical Education and Training, the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency and iPath, a Queens University spin-out company from the school of pathology.
The site has 23 courses available at launch in the disciplines of general practice, dentistry, pharmacy, obstetrics and gynaecology and pathology, all designed by professional bodies and delivered by experts.
Courses are available for download to the user's PC. Prices start at £20 sterling.
"Each course addresses a training issue in depth using a range of learning tools including video lectures with PowerPoint, video-based patient/practitioner scenarios, equipment and procedure video demonstrations, knowledge testing, supporting downloadable documentation and discussion forums," explained Mark McCann of StreamOn.
"Medical professionals are required to undertake high-level continuing professional development as a mandatory requirement of their membership to professional bodies. Edcast Medical is the first provider to offer the ability for professional bodies to broker their knowledge online in such a video-rich format.
"Thanks to the benefits of broadband technology there is the added convenience to the professional of being able to update their knowledge and skills whenever and wherever they want."
StreamOn is in discussions with other professional bodies and colleges to offer further specialist training courses online.
Peter Hamilton, managing director, iPath Diagnostics, said: "Edcast Medical is an innovative project, one that addresses our professional needs and could represent a tipping point in the delivery of medical education on a global scale."
StreamOn is a spin-out company from the school of computer science at Queen's University Belfast.
By Niall Byrne