Elsevier Introduces SimChart for the Medical Office, a Hands-on EHR to Teach Medical Assistant Students Electronic

 Elsevier Introduces SimChart for the Medical Office, a Hands-on EHR to Teach
             Medical Assistant Students Electronic Documentation

  PR Newswire

  PHILADELPHIA, September 23, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, September 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

   Competency-based , online simulated EHR to teach students front office,
                 clinical care, and coding and billing skills

Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, today announced the launch of SimChart for
the Medical Office , a competency-based, simulated electronic health record
(EHR) that gives medical assisting (MA) students hands-on practice performing
front office, clinical care, coding and billing skills.

SimChart for the Medical Office allows MA students to walk through a patient
visit from check-in through payment collection. Interactive assignments help
prepare students for externships and certification exams, and provide
employers with job-ready students.

"Employers place greater value on graduates who have experience with
electronic documentation and EHRs. We created SimChart for the Medical Office
so students can immerse themselves in a realistic practice setting," said John
Danaher, President, Education, Elsevier. "Our product helps ensure career
preparedness for medical assisting students."

SimChart for the Medical Office was developed by MA educators and
practitioners, tested by students in multiple program settings at varying
levels, and is designed to integrate seamlessly into an MA curriculum.

"We put the needs and expectations of practitioners at the forefront of
development," said Jeanne Lawo, MSN, R.N., Clinical Manager at SLUCare, St.
Louis, MO. "When hiring, I look for students who have EHR experience because
prepared students reduce training time and drive cost-efficiencies for the
practice." Lawo, a practice subject matter expert who served on the SimChart
for the Medical Office advisory council, assists with managing St Louis
University's externship program and recruits and trains medical assisting
students and employees.

Elsevier textbooks enhance SimChart for Medical Office and the MA program
curriculum by linking reading and learning to action. The solution offers both
integrated assignments and a non-structured pathway to promote critical
thinking and build student confidence. All 100 built-in assignments map back
to core ABHES and CAAHEP competencies to ensure compliance with accreditation
standards. The curriculum is compliant with ICD-9, ICD-10, 5010, and meets
many of the Core Objectives for Ambulatory Meaningful Use.

"Training the next generation on today's new technologies is imperative, and
with so much to learn students need a practical hands-on simulation tool to
prepare them for their careers in a medical office," said Amy DeVore, MSTD,
CPC, CMA, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Medical Assisting at
Butler County Community College and author of The Electronic Health Record for
the Physician's Office , published by Elsevier.

These features, along with a robust set of instructor resources for
assignments and lesson plans, allow instructors to focus on student learning.
Additional resources for instructors include a guided tour and quick tips so
they can quickly and easily implement the solution into their curriculum;
PowerPoint lectures, auto-grading, summary reports, competencies overview and
student portfolios.

SimChart for the Medical Office can be accessed from any computer or mobile
device with internet access and includes all content and resources for
teaching students how to use an EHR. To learn more visit:
http://www.elsevieradvantage.com/article.jsp?pageid=12120

Elsevier will unveil SimChart for the Medical Office at the 2013 American
Association of Medical Assistants meeting during exhibit hours on September
29, 2013 in Atlanta.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
including The Lancet and Cell , and close to 20,000 book titles, including
major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions
include ScienceDirect , Scopus , SciVal , Reaxys , ClinicalKey and Mosby's
Suite , which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals,
helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more
cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people
worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc , a world leading
provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than
30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier
Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed
Elsevier NV.

Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges
using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK
and ENL.

Media contact Christopher Capot Director, Corporate Relations Elsevier
+1-212-633-3164 c.capot@elsevier.com
 
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