A project team at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, created a self-paced, interactive computer program to be used as a training tool for Alaska's Community Health Aide/Practitioner Program.
Community Health Aides/Practitioners are local residents trained to provide continuous, comprehensive, cost-effective primary health care to rural Alaska residents, with telephone supervision provided by medical personnel.
Key accomplishments under the grant include the following:
The CD-ROM program provides information on the anatomy and physiology of each body system, physical examination procedures, diseases and clinical simulations.
The program includes self-quizzes and a medical dictionary.
Distribution of 450 copies of the program began in September 1997.
The computer program is now used in village clinics, regional health corporations/agencies and training centers to expand, enhance and reinforce Community Health Aide/Practitioner training.