Tagoras, in collaboration with Meridian Knowledge Solutions, is offering a free Webinar titled “Selecting a Learning Management System: Picking the Right Technology for Your Association’s Vision.” The Webinar will take place on May 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT.
Get more details and register for free athttps://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/612885654.
The presenters are Celisa Steele and Jeff Cobb, principals with Tagoras, and Jason Marceau, chief operations officer with Meridian Knowledge Solutions. The Webinar will cover the most fundamental factors trade and professional associations should keep in mind when selecting a learning management system.
Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10689891.htm
This in from Digitell:
From WBT Systems:
NiUG is working with WBT Systems to put their certification program online. It means that NiUG will soon be able to offer their members online enrolment for iMIS certification with support for and tracking of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Using TopClass LMS, NiUG members will also be able to complete their certification modules online, participate in webinars and take the examination through a proctored environment from anywhere in the world. Read more here!
This in from CE City:
PQA and CECity Launch Joint Venture to Deliver First National Pharmacy Quality Measurement, Benchmarking and Reporting Platform for Pharmacies and Health Plans
Springfield, VA, March 20, 2013 - The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and CECity.com, Inc. (CECity) today announced the launch of Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS), a joint venture created to deliver EQuIPP™ (Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies), the first national pharmacy quality measurement, benchmarking, and reporting platform for pharmacies and health plans. EQuIPP™ measures the quality of patient medication use, including non-adherence, and makes this measurement available and understandable. EQuIPP™ enables pharmacies and health plans to focus on improving the quality and safety of patient care delivered.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) brought attention to the quality of medication use through the Medicare Part D Star Ratings program which assesses plan performance against PQA measures. The role of appropriate medication use in a high-value healthcare system was reinforced by a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office that indicated a 1% increase in prescriptions filled by Medicare beneficiaries would save Medicare roughly one-fifth of 1 percent in expenditures, or approximately $1.1 Billion annually.
The formation of PQS aligns PQA’s expertise and neutrality in measuring pharmacy performance with CECity’s award winning cloud platform for performance measurement and Big Data analytics. PQS provides pharmacies and health plans with a single trusted source for continuous performance measurement of PQA measures, including those used in Medicare Part D Stars, using dashboards to compare their performance with their peers in near real-time.
“Measuring performance is powerful in transforming the quality of the medication-use system, but only if pharmacies and health plans have access to standard dashboards that objectively reflect how they compare against meaningful quality measures,” said PQS President David Nau, PhD, RPh, CPHQ, FAPhA. “Our goal at PQS is to accelerate this transformation by making this service broadly available to all US pharmacies and health plans, so that we can rapidly move from measurement to improvement.”
Many of the nation’s health plans, as well as a significant number of community pharmacy organizations are part of the PQS national rollout of EQuIPP™ this year. By aggregating data from multiple health plans within one performance database, EQuIPP™ uniquely enables community pharmacies to evaluate their performance across a broad cohort of their patients. In addition, health plans are now able to view robust benchmarks on medication-use quality as well as efficiently and consistently evaluate quality across all pharmacies in their networks.
EQuIPP™ also provides tools and resources that pharmacies may use to improve their performance. These resources include support for continuous professional development and patient engagement. Performance improvement strategies provided by EQuIPP™ will help pharmacies close quality gaps, and adapt to value-driven healthcare.
PQS hits the market with significant contracts in place and will embark on a collaborative marketing effort to expand access and connectivity to the EQuIPP™ platform. Potential collaborators include health plans, pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs), electronic medical record (EMR) companies, registries, and other technology companies that are interested in assisting their provider networks through data aggregation and data exchange services.
To learn more about EQuIPP™, please visit www.EQuIPP.org or send an email to info@EQuIPP.org.
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Inc. (PQA) is a consensus-based, multi-stakeholder membership organization committed to improving healthcare quality and patient safety with a focus on the appropriate use of medications. PQA was founded in 2006 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is based in Springfield, Virginia. Today, it operates with over 110 members including health plans, community pharmacy organizations, health information technology vendors, prescription benefit management organizations, health system pharmacies, long term care pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, accreditation and standard setting entities, and practitioner and trade-based healthcare organizations. PQA’s mission is to improve the quality of medication management and use across healthcare settings with the goal of improving patients’ health through a collaborative process to develop and implement performance measures and recognize examples of exceptional pharmacy quality. For more information about PQA, please visit us at www.PQAalliance.org, contact us at 703-690-1987 or email us at info@PQAalliance.org.
Pittsburgh, PA-based CECity is the healthcare industry’s leading platform-as-a-service provider of cloud-based applications, Big Data analytics, distribution networks for performance assessment and improvement, HIPAA-compliant social networks, pay for value, professional certification, and lifelong learning. Healthcare professionals and organizations, including health plans, hospitals, community pharmacies, certifying boards, professional societies, and academic centers, count on CECity to power their solutions, including clinical registries, Maintenance of Certification (MOC), safety and performance improvement, medication adherence, patient surveys, care coordination, real-time performance dashboards, learning portfolios, population health informatics, and quality reporting. CECity’s clients are leaders in healthcare and pharmacy, and include AAMC, ABMS, ABIM, AMCP, AMA, ACP, AOA, FSMB, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, MGMA, NCPA, PQA, RCPSC, Rite Aid, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Wiley, and many others. Please visit CECity at www.cecity.com, contact CECity at 1-888-669-7444 x 0 or Email CECity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EQuIPP™ is a performance information management platform that makes unbiased, benchmarked performance data available to both health plans and community pharmacy organizations. EQuIPP™ brings a level of standardization to the measurement of the quality of medication use, and makes this information accessible and easy to understand. By doing so, EQuIPP™ facilitates an environment where prescription drug plans and community pharmacies can engage in strategic relationships to address improvements in the quality of medication use. Our partners are provided the information they need to guide their quality improvement efforts and are connected to the right resources to help them continue to improve. EQuIPP™ is provided by Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. For more information, contact us at info@EQuIPP.org.
This in from WBT Systems:
WBT Systems would like to share the latest exciting development news about TopClass, its Learning Management System. Thanks to our new Adobe Connect bridge, it is now possible to set up, launch, register for and track webinars from within the TopClass environment.
More at: http://www.wbtsystems.com/about/news-room/
This in from Digitec Interactive:
In 2009 Digitec Interactive and the Council for Economic Education collaborated on an innovative and interactive online game as part of the Learning, Earning and Investing program for high school students. The online game, known as Gen I Revolution, has been used by tens of thousands of high school students across America to learn strategies for a life-time of saving and investing.
Now, the game is gaining “likeability” as it undergoes integration with the social networking site Facebook. Once complete, the integration will allow users to:
Additionally, Digitec will convert the existing Adobe Flash based game to a HTML 5 compatible format for delivery on mobile devices including iPad and iPhone.
Learn more about game-based learning and Digitec’s experience creating engaging learning experiences through games and simulations at PlaytoTeach.com.
This in from WBT Systems
Late last year WBT became a strategic gold-level partner of Advanced Solutions International (ASI), developer of iMIS, the enterprise software platform for membership and fundraising organizations. The partnership provided iMIS customers with an approved learning partner and a learning management system, called TopClass, to help Associations manage and deliver education programs online.
WBT is now happy to announce that an out-of-the-box, configurable integration bridge between TopClass and iMIS is now available in the latest version of its learning management system, TopClass 9.1. The bridge means that the iMIS integration is seamless, significantly faster, more reliable, and easier to set up and schedule. It is ideal for any organization already using, or planning to use iMIS, that is also looking for a fully integrated e-Learning solution. Read more about the iMIS bridge here.
This in from INXPO:
A digital extension can be a great way to expand the reach of your physical event. But are you getting the revenue that you should from this element of your association’s portfolio? Join bXb Online founder Tony Lorenz as he discusses best practices for covering the costs of digitally extending your event, and building significant profit over time, as well. A few areas he will cover include:
Join us for this timely webcast. Enter the dialogue and ask your questions live! Register now.
LMS provider WBT Systems has announced a survey on mobile and social learning. Here’s what the company says:
Social learning and mobile learning are currently very topical and we are keen to understand more about what’s happening within associations today with regard to approach, strategy and what members are demanding.
We have opened an online survey, that only takes 10 minutes to complete and we’d like to hear about your association’s experience. Based on the survey findings, we will be writing a report which we will be happy to share with you. All information supplied is of course confidential.
As an incentive we’ll be giving a Kindle e-Reader to one lucky respondent.
So if you work for an association, professional body or institute with visibility into the area of learning, we’d love to hear from you!
You can access the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/57LMJCY
Tagoras and Velvet Chainsaw Consulting today released The Speaker Report: The Use of Professional and Industry Speakers in the Meetings Market. The free report offers some of the most comprehensive information available on how speakers ﬁt into the educational landscape. Areas covered include how organizations use professional and industry speakers at their meetings, conferences, and other events—how they select them, what they expect from them, and how their educational impact is measured.
Find out more and download for free (no payment, no e-mail address) at: