Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Simulation Reporting & Analysis Incorporating MedBiquitous Standards and Advanced Distributive Learning (ADL) Standards: Project Design and Implications

May 19, 2015 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Rosalyn P Scott, MD1, Jonathan Poltrack, BS2, Manny Dominguez, PhD1,  Valerie Smothers, MA3
1Department of Veterans Affairs, 2Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory, 3MedBiquitous

VHA is implementing a range of simulation modalities, including virtual patients, standardized patients, mannequins, task trainers and virtual environments, with the goal of improving Veteran care.  Within a simulation, performance is either recorded on paper or stored within proprietary systems.  There is no systematic way to bring learner or cohort (i.e., site, region, professions) performance data together across modalities and systems or correlate performance with competency frameworks. Standards and specifications developed by MedBiquitous and ADL allow compilation of learner performance data across systems and learning modalities.   

The xAPI specification, combined with standards such as the MedBiquitous Competency Framework and Performance Framework, provide a vehicle for tracking learner outcomes across simulation activities in a standardized fashion. This session will describe a project to use these standards and specifications for compiling ACLS mock code performance data. Intra-simulation performance will be tracked using xAPI activity streams.  We will present a model for leveraging the MedBiquitous Competency and Performance Frameworks and ADL’s Experience API (xAPI) to enable educational activities and performance data to be tied to the competency expectations of the workforce.   With such data compiled in a common format, VHA can better demonstrate the impact of its professional education and identify areas for improvement.