ADVANCED DISTRIBUTED LEARNING AND MEDBIQUITOUS AGREE TO COLLABORATE ON HEALTHCARE EDUCATION STANDARDS Agreement strengthens existing partnership around SCORM

Baltimore,
Maryland, April 16, 2004
The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Co-Laboratory and MedBiquitous Consortium today announced a Memorandum of Understanding acknowledging and strengthening the existing collaboration between the two groups on technology standards for healthcare education.

The ADL Co-lab is the creator of the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) suite of technology standards for e-learning, which enables access, interoperability, and reuse of modular units of e-learning. MedBiquitous is a consortium of educators, government, and industry and ANSI accredited standards developer that develops technology standards to advance medical education and competence assessment. MedBiquitous is working closely with ADL to develop SCORM for Healthcare, a profile of the ADL SCORM reference model customized for healthcare.

"MedBiquitous' work to bring healthcare educators together is essential to realize the vision of anywhere, anytime high-quality education across healthcare," said Paul Jesukiewicz, Director of the ADL. "We applaud their work to address the needs of healthcare educators while building upon the SCORM framework. Supporting groups like MedBiquitous is a key part of the ADL mission to promote collaboration and establish a new distributed learning environment."

"We're delighted to be working closely with ADL to promote adoption of SCORM in the healthcare community," said Peter Greene, M.D., Executive Director of MedBiquitous. "A standards-based approach to education is critically important in healthcare. By allowing integration with clinical systems, SCORM for Healthcare could have substantial impact on improving the safety and quality of care that patients receive. We need more efficient and effective healthcare education, and SCORM for Healthcare can help us achieve those goals."

MedBiquitous customizations to SCORM allow educators to specify continuing education credit information, target clinical audiences, disclose financial relationships and off-label drug use information, and provide other healthcare-specific metadata vital to high-quality healthcare education.

ADL and SCORM information are available at http://www.adlnet.org. More information about MedBiquitous is available at http://www.medbiq.org.

Press Contact:
Valerie Smothers

Organization: MedBiquitous
Phone: 410-385-2367 ext. 131
Email: valerie.smothers@medbiq.org

Press Contact: Paul Jesukiewicz
Organization: ADL Co-lab
Phone: 703-575-2000
Email :secretariat@adlnet.org

About the Advanced Distributed Learning Co-laboratory

The Alexandria ADL Co-Lab serves as the ADL Initiative's central organization for guiding, coordinating and integrating the operations of the ADL Co-Lab Network and operates under the direction of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Integrated research, assessments and documentation of the capabilities, costs, benefits and effectiveness of ADL and technology investigations are also performed at the Alexandria ADL Co-Lab. The Alexandria ADL Co-Lab facilitates the development and refinement of open-architecture specifications and guidelines, assessment of ADL tools and prototypes, collaborative resource sharing, collection and dissemination of data and lessons learned, tutorials and demonstrations, and support of partners. For more information on ADL, please visit http://www.adlnet.org.

About The MedBiquitous
Consortium

Founded by Johns Hopkins Medicine and leading professional medical societies, the MedBiquitous Consortium is creating a technology blueprint for professional medical education. Based on XML and Web services standards, this blueprint will seamlessly supports the medical learner in ways that will improve patient care and simplify the administrative work associated with education and competence assessment. MedBiquitous also provides a neutral forum for educators and industry alike to exchange ideas about innovative uses of Web technologies for healthcare education and communities of practice. It is the mission of MedBiquitous to advance medical education through technology standards that promote professional competence, collaboration, and better patient care. For more information on MedBiquitous, please visit http://www.medbiq.org.

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BIOGRAPHY

Paul Jesukiewicz

Paul Jesukiewicz is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), and was appointed Director of the Alexandria Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory (Alexandria ADL Co-Lab), Alexandria, Virginia, in 1999. As Director of the Alexandria ADL Co-Lab, Paul is responsible for developing and directing an open and collaborative environment for sharing learning technology research, development, implementation and evaluations across public and private sector domains.

Peter Greene,
M.D.

Peter Greene is associate dean for emerging technologies at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Greene also is the executive editor and key architect of CTSNet, the online community of 40 professional cardiothoracic surgery societies. He has more than 15 years of experience in information technology using a variety of medical applications in parallel to a clinical career. Greene received his M.D. from Yale Medical School. He had an important role in founding the MedBiquitous Consortium and serves as the Consortium's executive director.