MedLern, a digital training platform for hospitals and healthcare professionals, has added multilingual capabilities in eight Indian regional languages. The move aims to address the language barriers often faced by interested healthcare professionals who need more English language skills and understanding to enhance the impact of the courses provided on its platform.
The initiative to introduce the application interface and courses in regional languages comes as a direct response to the increasing demand by healthcare workers and hospitals in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, as well as surveys which showed that health practitioners from smaller towns have a hard time understanding teachings in English, unlike their counterpart doctors and graduate nurses from Tier 1 bigger cities who have a good grasp of the English language.
The project is set to begin with eight significant languages in the pilot phase, all drawn from the four zones of the country. The eight languages include Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, and Bengali. MedLern is already providing the platform and courses to healthcare professionals in these regions and has seen adoption in hospitals of all sizes. Making basic hospital training, processes and procedures accessible will benefit hospitals and employees – opening up opportunities and improving the quality of care.
Speaking about the development, Co-founder & CEO of MedLern, Deepak Sharma, said:
It is focused on staff within the level of nursing assistants, general duty assistants, allied health professionals, technicians and below, so the depth is basic and operational, and is not as technical as other advanced courses. To make it work, we’ve worked with internal and external experts to produce and compile all the contents in the different languages. These experts are also involved in the review process to ensure quality is always maintained. This way, users and learners can better understand and benefit from the courses. We’ll focus on some other areas with emerging demand in the future, including courses for healthcare at home, mental health, and other specialized areas. One good thing about these new courses is that they are cost-effective because we realize that practitioners from Tier 2 and 3 regions that need these courses have limited financial capacity.
The courses are targeted primarily at general duty staff, such as medical and nursing assistants who need proper English skills. The point is to ensure that these employees are well-educated on the procedures and can absorb the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in their profession. MedLern currently has 150 nursing medical colleges and 400 hospitals in its network whose staff from the nursing cadre and below can benefit from the new courses.
Founded in 2020, MedLern has built a world-class full-stack medical training platform that caters to the knowledge needs of healthcare professionals in India and across the globe. The platform offers reliable & up to date learning resources and technology to healthcare professionals and enables them to deliver the best in healthcare by consistently upgrading their skill set. The company has been working with more than 350 hospitals and 100,000 healthcare professionals with their training and development needs. Its programmes also help hospitals optimize the training resources while allowing hospital leadership to drive measurable improvements in staff performance and achieve better patient outcomes linked to training investment. MedLern hospitals see improved staff engagement, lower knowledge risk and speedier implementation of quality improvement initiatives.