E-learning in healthcare opens new opportunities

Azlan Othman

Digital education is creating opportunities for many in low and middle income countries to pursue a career in healthcare with distance learning, said Demensia Brunei’s (db) Honorary Adviser Datin Jacqueline Wong.

Datin Jacqueline Wong recently participated in the Digital Education in Health webinar at the invitation of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) hosted by GovConnect. The webinar brought together leading experts and decision makers to share, discuss and debate the latest developments on a range of topics on healthcare education. As technology impacts NHS education, their staff had to adapt to digital learning and face technical challenges head on.

“The experiences shared on delivering digital education in health offers flexibility, affordability, quality education, personal growth and networking to a wider reach – near, far and even global. Here are opportunities especially for the many in the low and middle-income countries to pursue a career in health and care support with distance learning, moving forward,” she said.

Datin Jacquelin said digital education in healthcare and support had rapidly adapted to the stay-in and lockdown situations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The healthcare systems need to be continuously innovating and rebuilding back better and leaving no one behind,” she said. Digital education supported by the right technology and infrastructure, apps and tools can open up vast possibilities and opportunities in the future of digital education for Brunei Darussalam, not only just in primary health but other areas, for example dB’s dementia care skills training in the ASEAN region.

Managing the response to COVID-19 required large-scale, system-wide collaboration combined with the best possible technology and access to information, she said. “Swift implementation of new technology and systems is allowing us and others to securely access timely data, for the strategic planning of COVID-19 services.”