Econometrica Completes Development of CDC’s Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training Course

Econometrica Completes Development of CDC’s Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training Course

Using best learning practices, Econometrica delivers 19 hours of a continuing education training course

Bethesda, MD, October 2018

The Econometrica Team completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training course contract on September 20, 2018. The course will be released in spring 2019 and will support CDC’s mission and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ goal to address and prevent healthcare-associated infections under the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections. It will also support new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ mandates for long-term care facilities.

Our team of instructional designers, programmers, and graphic designers worked collaboratively with the CDC Technical Team to produce 22 learning modules in 13 months. In all, the team produced 1,156 slides totaling 19 hours of continuing education-accredited content. Econometrica’s ability to work flexibly and accommodate changes quickly contributed to delivering a high-quality product on time.

The Econometrica Team began the contract with an outline of the topics CDC wished to cover. During the first 6 months of the contract, the team wrote content in conjunction with the CDC Technical Team. For the last 7 months of the contract, the Econometrica Team transformed the written content into a dynamic, interactive, beautifully illustrated e-learning course. The Econometrica Team built the course using Lectora Online and breathed life into the content by using our experience in instructional design, incorporating 869 illustrations and photographs into the modules, and employing medically trained professionals to narrate the course.

Finally, the Econometrica Team recruited more than 100 medically trained practitioners to pilot test the course and satisfied the requirements for the course to be certified for 19 hours of continuing education in the medical, nursing, and general education fields. Many of the pilot testers expressed gratitude toward the specific toolkits created for the course, the list of resources offered, and the real-world examples used.

In the end, the Econometrica Team was pleased with the positive feedback received from the CDC Technical Team and pilot testers. “I would like to thank you and the CDC team for allowing me to participate in the pilot test program. The learning was exceptional, the content robust and substantive, and more than anything, provided a challenging opportunity. As a lifelong learner, this was a valuable experience and one that I could associate each module with my work/environment,” wrote one course pilot tester.

“At the end of the day, the intention is to put accessible, practical, important infection prevention information out there for the caregivers who take care of people who are incredibly vulnerable in these facilities. It has been a tremendous amount of work, we recognize that your team has been on double time to make all of this happen in a very aggressive timeframe. As we have looked at the feedback from the evaluations and through the modules we were very similarly pleased to see that the overwhelming feedback was positive . . . It’s been a very good experience for our team to take on something of this complexity and to appreciate instructional designers and people who have stronger backgrounds in development of educational content because the translation of information is a critical piece to people’s experience. It’s been certainly a steep learning curve but fun at times and very appreciative of all of your efforts,” said the CDC Technical Team lead.

Econometrica’s team of instructional designers, content producers, subject matter experts, programmers, and graphic designers collaborated effectively to produce a training course that will help promote best infection prevention practices. Econometrica values CDC’s mission to educate health practitioners and is honored to be a part of the process.

“When I think about who is taking this course, I think about the people who take care of my grandparents who are in a nursing home and in an assisted living home. It means the world to me to know that they are getting the right information and they’re going to be healthier because of it,” said Jill Simmerman, Project Manager at Econometrica, Inc.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

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Take the Antibiotic Stewardship CDC Training Course

While awaiting the release of the infection prevention training course, the Antibiotic Stewardship training course Econometrica produced earlier this year is available online.

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New Continuing Education Course on Antibiotic Stewardship Released

New Continuing Education Course on Antibiotic Stewardship Released

Econometrica Helps Develop CE Course for CDC

Aiming to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance to patient safety and public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the first section of a web-based training course on antibiotic stewardship. Econometrica’s Learning, Training & Diffusion Team has been developing the four-part series for CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship.

This interactive course is part of CDC’s aim to educate clinicians about the benefits of antibiotic stewardship. The course will help clinicians deliver effective and consistent messages to patients about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, and will work to improve clinician prescribing practices.

After winning the contract in October 2017, Econometrica has worked rapidly with its partners Qualidigm, Hendall, and Dr. Ed Septimus to develop the course. Our team of project managers, subject matter experts, instructional designers, curriculum developers, eLearning developers, and graphic designers continue to work closely to produce the course’s remaining modules, which CDC will release throughout 2018.

The course is targeted to clinicians, including doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified health education specialists, nurses, pharmacists, and public health practitioners. Participants of the course are eligible to receive credit under the Merit-Based Incentive Programs, or MIPS.

Econometrica’s core capabilities include our work in training and change management, and we continue to grow in this field. View our change management web page to find out more information about this service.

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Why You Should Get a Flu Vaccination

Why You Should Get a Flu Vaccination

Getting the flu is no fun, and it can be far more serious than just keeping you away from the office for a few days. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized due to the flu—and as many as 56,000 people die from flu-related illnesses—every year. A simple, safe, and effective way to prevent these illnesses is to get the flu vaccination. Not only does the flu vaccine protect you from the flu, it protects the people around you and can help prevent other large-scale healthcare issues like the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs. In fact, Econometrica worked with CDC to teach people about the important role every vaccination plays in avoiding widespread antibiotic resistance.

In the United States, “flu season” commonly starts around October and ends as late as May. CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age receive a flu vaccine every year. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine for the 2018 season, so if you haven’t already been vaccinated, now is the time! It takes about 2 weeks after receiving your flu shot to be protected against the flu. View CDC’s table of recommended vaccinations for the 2018–2019 flu season.

There is a common misconception that getting the flu shot could cause a person to get the flu. This is not the case: The flu shot is made with either an inactive flu vaccination virus or with no flu virus at all—neither of which can give you the flu. While there is a possibility of experiencing minor side effects such as soreness around the area of the flu shot, fevers, and aches, these short-term side effects are minor compared to the effects of contracting the flu. If you are concerned about getting the flu shot, read CDC’s guide on who should get the flu shot and who should take precautions when considering flu immunization.

Econometrica has a history of working with partners in the health sector to increase flu immunization rates. Recently, we worked with the Health Services and Resources Administration to develop educational messaging about immunization for parents of young children.

If you have not gotten your flu vaccination, find a place to get one today! You do not need a doctor to get your flu shot, and there are many locations to get a flu vaccine. Use this online Vaccine Finder tool to find the vaccination location nearest to you.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

Not only does the flu vaccine protect you from the flu, it protects the people around you and can help prevent other large-scale healthcare issues like the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs.

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Econometrica to Design Web-Based Training Programs

Econometrica to Design Web-Based Training Programs

Econometrica will design an online training program for infection preventionists and antibiotic stewardship

Using best learning practices, Econometrica’s team will build a web-based training program to educate and support healthcare providers. This program will help prevent illnesses and reduce costs in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

Bethesda, MD, October 2017

Econometrica, Inc., was recently awarded a contract by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build an online training program for healthcare professionals working in LTCFs. Econometrica will work with our partners—Qualidigm, Hendall, and Dr. Ed Septimus—to create a program to teach best safety practices. Our team will use Federal standards to create a customized curriculum and assessment tools for LTCF staff to receive continuing education credit.

The two purposes of this contract are (1) to standardize infection surveillance processes in LTCFs and (2) to enhance antibiotic stewardship, which will lead to improved national infection prevention systems. Infection preventionists and other LTCF staff who take the web-based trainings will have the opportunity to receive continuing education credits for completing the courses and passing the training assessment. This contract aligns with CDC’s mission and with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) goals under the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination.

“Econometrica has worked on the CMS Post-Acute Care Training program and Partnership for Patients, and we are honored to continue building experience in this important field. We strive to promote patient care by educating, supporting, and training infection preventionists. We will work hard to create and implement an innovative and accessible education program,” said Econometrica’s President and CEO, Cyrus Baghelai.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

We strive to promote patient care by educating, supporting, and training infection preventionists.

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(240) 395-2279

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