NYU Langone Medical Center Partners with Education Leader Kaplan, Inc., to Improve Patient Care and Save Lives

Partnership Launches with Interactive Medical Education Module for Postpartum Hemorrhage, a Common Cause of Maternal Death in Developed Countries

Released: 5-Aug-2014 10:00 AM EDT
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Newswise — NYU Langone Medical Center and Kaplan, Inc., a world-renowned leader in the educational services industry, today formally announced the launch of a new partnership focused on creating a series of online training modules to educate medical professionals worldwide to improve rapid diagnosis and treatment – and ultimately save lives.

Principal work, already under way through this agreement, is to develop online, on-demand instructional tools, such as team-focused simulations, easily accessible in any healthcare setting. This interactive format is a unique training resource specifically designed for a multidisciplinary audience.

“This partnership combines the very best in academic medicine with the experience of a global leader in educational services,” said Thomas Riles, MD, associate dean for medical education and technology at NYU Langone and executive director of the NY Simulation Center for Health Sciences. “The Medical Center is committed to improving health for all, and we believe working with our colleagues at Kaplan helps us to further our reach.”

The pilot project, already under way, features training modules for the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), a condition that occurs when a woman’s uterus fails to contract normally following childbirth, resulting in potentially life-threatening bleeding. The material covered in the module is derived from guidelines established by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

According to Dr. Riles, “The pilot training program ensures that all providers who care for women in labor are equipped with the medical knowledge and teamwork skills necessary to effectively treat this obstetric emergency. This benefits physicians, nurses, patients, and their families, and helps decrease morbidity and mortality.”

NYU Langone chose PPH for the pilot project because symptoms can be identified early and, if treated appropriately, serious and sometimes fatal consequences can be prevented, such as massive transfusions, hysterectomies, and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions. Additionally, PPH is one of the most common causes of maternal death in developed countries, occurring in up to 5 percent of births.

The educational components of the pilot project were previously implemented at NYU Langone in 2012 as part of ongoing in-service education, and have impacted positively on patient outcomes.

“We are very excited to be extending our expertise in learning science to help health care practitioners deliver improved patient outcomes,” said Greg Samios, president of health programs for Kaplan. “We recognize NYU Langone Medical Center's leadership in academic medicine and shared mission to improve quality of care, and couldn't be more pleased to collaborate with them. We look forward to supporting health practitioners through high-quality, interactive medical education training programs that improve patient outcomes and increase ROI for health systems.” As the program continues, additional clinical conditions will be selected.

NYU Langone has a rich history of developing leading technologies to enhance educational experiences, such as WISE-MD modules that illustrate the important principles related to the diagnosis and treatment of surgical illnesses, which is now used by more than 100 medical schools in North America.

About Kaplan, Inc.
Kaplan, Inc. (www.kaplan.com) is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools, and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training, and programs for kids in grades K through 12. With nearly 400 locations in more than 30 countries, Kaplan serves more than one million students each year. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division.

About NYU Langone Medical Center
NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic medical center, is one of the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research, and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals—Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Medical Center’s dedicated inpatient orthopaedic hospital; and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services across the Medical Center—plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The Medical Center’s tri-fold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research. For more information, go to www.NYULMC.org, and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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NYU Langone Medical Center
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