Aimed initially at physicians, but with eventual benefits for all medical workers, from hospital managers to nurses and surgeons, SKYMED's fundamental goal is to make Continuous Medical Education (CME) more readily available.
Currently, doctors are required to fulfil most of their educational needs by attending events such as seminars and congresses at both regional and international levels. The travel costs associated with these can not be sustained unless sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry.
Balancing these costs and legislation, such as the Italian law (Decreto Legislativo 19 giugno 1999, n. 229 - 'Norme per la razionalizzazione del Servizio Sanitario nazionale, a norma dell'articolo 1 della legge 30 novembre 1998, n. 419') which requires physicians to acquire a set number of educational credits every five years, is proving a dilemma for doctors.
Physicians are less likely to frequent CME events because it has been too costly for them to attend. The average physician in private practice not only sustains an unrecoverable income loss, but must also pay travel, registration, hotel and other expenses associated with such events, unless sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry.
The SKYMED challenge was to be an appropriate and cost-effective means of meeting life-long learning needs of healthcare professional, through a variety of independent formats and delivery media (satellite broadcast, content package delivery, etc.).
Technology- driven self-study CME sources based on distributed, or distance-learning multimedia broadband platforms thus look like the viable cost-efficient and user-friendly alternative to conventional methods.
SKYMED, as e-learning solution, becomes important in CME because it can avoid bridge gaps (both national and international, cultural and language gaps), it can bring education to the health professional and it empowers the learner for more effective and individualized learning by pr