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Healthcare Learning Object Metadata

MedBiquitous Developing Standards for Describing Healthcare Professional Profile and Learning Content

Standards to Improve Credentials Verification and Access to Healthcare Education

Baltimore, Maryland, USA. September 6, 2006.

MedBiquitous is pleased to announce the submission of its Healthcare Professional Profile and Healthcare Learning Object Metadata to the MedBiquitous Standards Committee for development as American National Standards.

MedBiquitous was established in 2001 by Johns Hopkins and leading medical societies. Peter Greene, M.D., Associate Dean for Emerging Technologies at Johns Hopkins Medicine, serves as Executive Director of MedBiquitious. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), MedBiquitous' goal is to advance healthcare education through technology standards that promote professional competence, collaboration, and better patient care. Working with members in professional medical and healthcare societies, academia, government and industry, MedBiquitous is creating a technology blueprint for healthcare education.

"Healthcare education and regulation are incredibly fragmented," said Greene. "You've got to have standards to coordinate all of boards, regulators, and educators involved in supporting healthcare professionals and protecting the public."

The Healthcare Professional Profile provides a common format for exchanging clinician contact, education, training, certification, license, and membership information. The profile has been used by the American Board of Medical Specialties to collect certification data from its member boards and to provide verification of physician specialty certification through authorized credentialing systems using its Direct Connect Select service.

"The specifications make it easier for data owners to exchange data with their trusted partners and verify important credentials," said Todd Tischendorf, Professional Profile Working Group Chair.

Healthcare Learning Object Metadata, or Healthcare LOM, is based on the IEEE Learning Object Metadata standard and provides a standard way of describing healthcare educational resources and activities, allowing learners and educators to find the right content when they need it. The specification provides a consistent way of describing many important characteristics of an activity, including continuing education credits, target audience, and medical taxonomy keywords. Healthcare LOM has been used by the Association of American Medical Colleges in shaping the data collected in its MedEdPORTAL inventory of teaching resources. The Healthcare LOM specification is included in the SCORM for Healthcare interoperability model for e-learning, which is being used by the Collaborative Healthcare Training Group, a multi-agency training development group established by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Many organizations are making their educational content and activities accessible through the Internet," said Morgan Bantly, Learning Objects Working Group Chair. "Healthcare LOM will help those groups catalogue their content and partner with others to make finding the right content easier for learners."

Both the Professional Profile Working Group and the Learning Objects Working Group are seeking participants for pilot implementations of the specifications. More information about the Healthcare Professional Profile and Healthcare LOM are available on the MedBiquitous website,


Founded by Johns Hopkins Medicine and leading professional medical societies, the MedBiquitous Consortium is the ANSI-accredited developer of information technology standards for healthcare education and competence assessment. Our members are creating a technology blueprint for professional healthcare education. Based on XML and Web services standards, this blueprint will seamlessly support the 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.

The MedBiquitous Laboratory is the research and development arm of the MedBiquitous Consortium. As part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Laboratory joins faculty research efforts with the Consortium's work in healthcare education technologies.


Valerie Smothers
Tel: +1 410.385.2367 ext. 131


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