You can hardly blink without seeing the word Ebola on your screen or newspaper, or hearing it on the radio. Just this week, the quarantine period ended for the fifty-one Texas residents who were being monitored for the virus. To date, there have been three confirmed US-based Ebola diagnoses. Two of the first occurred in Dallas, TX—three and a half hours north of Pubsoft’s Houston, TX, headquarters, by way of I-45—hitting closer to home than we ever expected.
The most recent case, which was brought to light yesterday, is that of a doctor who visited West Africa to help Doctors Without Borders in Guinea and returned last week. He was self-quarantined, and after displaying Ebola-like symptoms, tested positive at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, It’s the first noted case of Ebola in New York. With New York now dealing with the virus, proper training and transmission of critical information will need to be top priority for the city that never sleeps.
While our hearts go out to the victims and families of all affected by this terrible disease, we over at Pubsoft wanted to use our expertise to determine if the transmission of vital medical information, such as Ebola documentation, regulations, and training materials, could be improved upon, by delving into the arena we excel at—publishing.
Publishing isn’t just for publishers; it’s for everyone…including human resources, education, and the healthcare field. Publishing today can aid in workplace training, employee compliance, and assessment in all of these fields—through learning management systems. We believe we can harness the power of publishing and technology to combat misinformation and non-compliance with strict healthcare protocols and requirements.
The CDC attributed the recent Ebola case of Nurse Nina Pham to a “breach in protocol.” While we don’t know the specifics of how Nina Pham contracted the disease, we have to wonder if maybe it had to do with the way that information was presented, and if that process could be improved. We live in a world with the kind of advanced technology that no stone should go unturned in the safety and well-being of the general public. Maybe we as a society should be questioning how information about Ebola is being delivered and monitored.
When it comes to the healthcare industry, there is no room for error—especially in cases of high-profile viruses such as Ebola. There is a better, more secure way of distributing information and using data to monitor how the information is being consumed. It’s imperative that hospitals ensure their tools and software for employee training are up-to-date. Managers, administrators, and other figureheads need to be held accountable for ensuring that employees comply with certain protocols and are trained extensively so they are equipped with knowledge that doesn’t endanger themselves, other healthcare professionals, patients, and the general public.
Software systems, like Pubsoft, allow for quick publication and dissemination of educational and training materials—things that, in the healthcare world, can mean the difference between the spread of a disease…or the dismantlement of it.
Pubsoft is designed to track delivery of information and assess comprehension of content through in-depth analytics and data of each publication, as well as each employee or worker. Pubsoft also allows for multimedia content—such as supplemental video and audio, which is well suited for the healthcare industry. Additionally, content administrators can track progress through content, create internal notes, and engage in online discussion threads, ensuring they have a firm grasp on each individual’s comprehension of the materials.
In healthcare, different types of staff and employees require different training materials. Pubsoft’s system makes it easy to manage different groups and how they receive and comprehend information—this means the disposal team can be trained differently than triage or the front-line staff providing bedside care. In combination with face-to-face training as reinforcement, we can all work together to ensure all safety measures are met so we can protect ourselves and everyone involved.