CARELEARNINGCC JOINS MEDBIQUITOUS

Elkridge, Maryland - April 22, 2004 The careLearning Co-development Consortium (careLearningCC) today announced it is joining the MedBiquitous Consortium. MedBiquitous is an ANSI accredited standards development organization working to advance medical education and competence assessment through technology standards. MedBiquitous members include educators, government, and industry leaders. Working closely with the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Co-laboratory, MedBiquitous is working to develop SCORM for Healthcare, a profile of the ADL SCORM reference model customized for healthcare education.

Since careLearningCC will be developing eLearning courseware for multiple hospitals and health systems, each using a different Learning Management System (LMS), we are big supporters of eLearning interoperability standards,‚Äù said Rick Halverson, CareLearningCC Executive Director. CareLearningCC‚ participation in MedBiquitous helps to ensure that any courseware developed through our co-development process will comply with existing interoperability specifications and standards. In addition, as a member of MedBiquitous, careLearningCC‚Äôs membership will be able to influence future healthcare specific interoperability standards. CareLearningCC will soon form a Standards Committee through which our membership will be able to interface with MedBiquitous, ADL, IMS, and AICC.

'CareLearningCC is a great example of the economies of scale that technology standards make possible,' said Peter Greene, MedBiquitous Executive Director.With so many hospitals needing to develop more employee training and education with fewer resources, collaborative development efforts like careLearningCC will become increasingly important. We look forward to working with careLearningCC and its members to incorporate hospital-specific requirements in our healthcare education standards.

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.

About CareLearningCC

The careLearning eLearning Co-development Consortium (careLearningCC) is a nationwide consortium of hospitals and health systems that leverage each other's eLearning budgets to get more for less. Operated by careLearning, a non-profit organization formed by the American Hospital Association and 39 state hospital associations, this consortium allows hospitals and health systems to reduce eLearning development costs by as much as 95% through joint development and other cost sharing strategies. Additional information about careLearningCC can be found at: http://www.carelearningcc.com.