Medicine and Video: The Ever Changing Pace
There’s a tremendous shift going on in many markets that were typically classified as traditional industries.
What are those shifts? What I have noticed quite a bit is how doctors offices relate to their clients and patients. They have just made a major shift to go from paper systems to paper less systems and electronic medical records. I believe that video will be the next thing that enters into the medical world. For example many doctors offices in private practices such as: http://pediatricsmetrowest.com have gone to a paperless system. I am just using them as an example to see how they want their patients to know they are cutting edge.
Nowadays, there is so much video being used in education that it was a simple progression for video learning to make its way into the world of medicine. Digital and online learning using video is one of the most common forms to educate nursing, lab and other medical staff members.
Many people are using different programs to produce such recordings some of the most popular depending on the platform you use (mac or PC) are:
Screen Cast (Mac)
Camtasia Studios (PC)
I have used camtasia quite a bit. It is an amazing screen capture and video editing software. It makes the final product very easy to edit and the “ums” and “uhs” can be removed efficiently.
Video training is often substituting students meeting in a classroom. With the ease of online access, medical professionals can now easily watch informational delivery of their continuing education. Many people have questioned the efficacy of this because in medicine much of what is learned is practical and hands on.
Because people are somewhat blind to what they know and don’t know, this could lead to real problems. Sandra Bullock in a recent movie watched an emergency tracheotomy performed and later in the movie tries to perform it on a choking fellow patron at a diner. In the movie, she was unprepared for what could go wrong and was surprised by the misfortune she encountered after trying to start the airway.
Scientists have proven that people often have a false sense of understanding after being exposed to information. For example, if you were to ask someone if they know how a zipper works, they might tell you yes. However, if you ask them to explain exactly how the zipper comes together and what mechanisms are responsible for the successful opening and closing of a zipper, they may be stumped. It is know as the Dunning–Kruger effect.
One of the areas that people argue that medical professionals must take an actual course is in CPR and ACLS training. These are basic and advanced resuscitator skills. Thus many schools that offer such services insist that they will only provide a certification after a student has undergone a full hands on learning process.
As video engineers, we must understand the limitations to video productions and not blindly provide services for individuals who do not understand the importance of practical learning. Practical learning should always be used pragmatically as an extension of cognitive learning in cases involving medicine.