Streamlining Mobile Med Learning
Despite modern medical and technological advancements, studies show that nearly “a quarter of the 4,596 combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2011 were ‘potentially survivable.’” Of those, 80 to 90 percent were due to uncontrolled blood loss resulting in death before ever reaching a medical treatment facility.
By Adam Wagner, Chief Content Officer, Allogy
From Combat & Casualty Care, Spring 2020
Though combat survivability is at an all-time high, these numbers illustrate the absolute importance of proper resources and training. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems with TCCC training is the amount of incorrect or out-of-date information available online (e.g. videos on YouTube displaying incorrect tourniquet protocol). With Deployed Medicine, JTS now has an outlet for publishing standards-based training and content, delivering that content in real time, and tracking how and where that content gets used. It also makes it easy to keep that content up to date as best-practices evolve.
What is Deployed Medicine?
After identifying the lack of a centralized source for trusted standards and training, the Defense Health Agency partnered with Allogy to create an easy-to-use, easy-to-access platform designed to distribute official DoD policy and up-to-date combat medicine best-practices. The result is Deployed Medicine, a mobile- and web-based outlet that provides standards-based training and content to improve readiness and performance of deployed military medical personnel.
Deployed Medicine utilizes the proven pedagogical advantages of mobile learning, emphasizing knowledge retention and skills acquisition while delivering the right information to the right audiences at the point of need. Service members can access training and content at any time and any place—even without internet access, which can be lifesaving in the field—learning and reinforcing skills at their own pace or accessing vital information as necessary.
Changing Training Content Distribution
Mobile learning has rapidly changed the landscape of continued education and training. According to the Pew Research Center, 94 percent of adults in the U.S. between the ages of 18-49 own a smartphone. This sort of mobile access allows learners to engage with training content from anywhere and at any time, which has proven to not only improve motivation and engagement but also boost knowledge retention and successful skills acquisition.
But mobile learning isn’t just about viewing training content on a mobile device. That’s why Allogy built Deployed Medicine on their Capillary platform. With Capillary, Allogy has created something unique—combining both the capabilities of a content-management system (CMS) and a learning-management system (LMS) with an architecture that is specifically designed for mobile training and pedagogy. This new approach to knowledge management provides standards-bearers the necessary tools to distribute standards-based content and deliver reliably high-quality training on both web and mobile in the form of either structured formal-learning programs or as on-demand resources for just-in-time learning.
With Capillary’s mobile capabilities and organizational benefits, learners can educate themselves on new procedures as necessary, refresh their memories on important skills, and access vital information at the point of need—even offline. This sort of mobility of information helps learners be better trained, better equipped, and more confident in their abilities.
Putting Capability to Work
Allogy’s Capillary platform provides software and support that let organizations create branded outlets for trusted, standards-based content and training resources for global audiences.
Access to a robust CMS makes creating and organizing important information and training content easy, while the publishing wizard ensures that even non-technical professionals can create beautiful content, taking the guesswork out of instructional design. A powerful LMS offers the ability to deliver structured formal-learning programs and fulfill certification requirements.
Capillary’s analytics enable the creation of customizable dimensions of user data to better understand the who, where, and why of content-use. You can monitor force readiness with course-level, instructor-level, and global-usage metrics; fulfill certification requirements and track learner’s progress with courses and assessments; better understand your audience to optimize content and training with custom user data fields; send push notifications for emergency alerts or reminders to engage with important content.
It’s impossible to eliminate the danger associated with combat, but it’s vital that emergency efforts be met with the training, preparation, and information needed to do everything possible to prevent unnecessary casualties. Often, this marks the difference between “potentially survivable” and “survivable.” And the best way to be prepared: having unfettered access to necessary resources and proper training from a trusted source.