HealthCarePoint’s (HCP) International Electronic Education Network® (IEEN) Reaches 8-year Milestone with the NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS) International Initiative

The globally standardized certification methodology is now accepted across healthcare organizations, clinical trial sponsors, CROs and regulatory agencies.

More than 500,000 healthcare and clinical research professionals in 164 countries representing every continent have been trained and certified on the NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS) and can now share their standardized certifications electronically across employees, sponsors and clinical trials via HCP’s Personal, Experience and Training Accounts for Business and Compliance (PET-ABC®) Connection. This premier standardized and accredited certification program, is accepted across the global healthcare and clinical research ecosystem and has been proven to eliminate redundancies, minimize issues with regulatory compliance requirements and reduce the time, resource and financial burdens for all stakeholders.

An important item in stroke center accreditation, the long-term program has become a flagship model for global healthcare and clinical research collaboration.

“Working closely with global industry leaders – including major universities, governments, private and not-for-profit organizations – we have proven that we can ultimately create globally accepted standards without boundaries, moving our industry to become more efficient by breaking down the silos and non-collaborative models,” said Al O. Pacino, president, HealthCarePoint. “Our collaborative approach eliminates redundant burdens at the investigator site level, saving industry stakeholders billions, as regulatory agencies continue to require increased proof of competencies and professional compliance.”

“When NINDS produced a full and accurate, high quality program for the NIH Stroke Scale in 2002, we knew it was something the research community badly needed. But I don’t think we could have ever dreamed that the program would reach this many people. We are impressed by the fact that this important medical tool has been made available globally, and to so many disciplines,” said Walter J. Koroshetz,” M.D., Deputy Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.

“As the most successful training and certification program, the NIHSS International illustrates how other programs can achieve global acceptance. By combining programs like the NIHSS into global healthcare and clinical research, we could ultimately improve outcomes as all healthcare providers learn to diagnose patients the same way – in a standardized fashion.” – Patrick Lyden, MD, FAAN, FAHA, Chairman, Department of Neurology Carmen and Louis Warschaw Chair in Neurology Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

“The Portuguese language is spoken by 244 million people worldwide. The NIHSS certification has become a vastly important initiative, allowing healthcare providers to transnationaly use the instrument as a standard of care, ultimately leading to better outcomes for stroke patients.” – Elsa Azevedo, MD, PhD, São João Hospital Center, University of Porto, Portugal; Pedro Castro, MD, São João Hospital Center, University of Porto

“The NIHSS is used widely In the Netherlands during trials. Now we have the opportunity to promote its use in routine care by certified ER personnel, stroke nurses and neurologists, and I am convinced that this will improve the care and clinical outcomes of our stroke patients.” – Diederik WJ Dippel, MD, Prof, Erasmus MC University Medical Center

“Spanish is spoken by nearly 406 million people in 31 countries. Not only has the Spanish-NIHSS become widely used across most of the Spanish-speaking world, it has also become a unifying tool for research, stroke registers, quality control and everyday clinical work. We are very proud of being a part of this global effort.” – Arnold Hoppe, MD, Director Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago de Chile

“When the Italian-NIHSS became public, we thought we would be helping Italian stroke physicians and nurses to improve their ability to use the scale in the proper way. Over the years, we came to realize that NIHSS is not only a scale, it now belongs to a new vision of modern stroke care!” – Francesca Romana Pezzella, MD, PhD, MSc Stroke Unit, DEM, AOS St Camillo Forlanini, Roma

“Stroke is a major health concern in Malaysia due to the steady increase in the prevalence of vascular risk factors and a growing number of elderly. Thrombolysis for stroke is in its early days in Malaysia. Because access to the standardized program is free, it should become more widespread among healthcare providers, just as it has in other countries, and hopefully will lead to a reduction in assessment delays and improved patient care.” – Ramesh Sahathevan, MD, Ph.D, MRCP, M.Med, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia Medical Centre.

“Sharing our intellectual property, including our delivery vehicles and our proprietary database methodologies has proven to be a successful collaborative model, and with the help of champion collaborators, programs like the NIHSS can be delivered to healthcare providers around the world without the added financial burdens. Our goal is to continue our collaborative efforts so that all organizations can have equal opportunity to participate in our global healthcare and clinical research ecosystem, learn best practices and ultimately offer the best possible standard of care.” – Al O. Pacino, President, HealthCarePoint.

About the International Electronic Education Network (IEEN)®
Created by HealthCarePoint in 2007, the IEEN is a B2B global collaborative marketplace where dozens of government, academia, authors, trainers, educators, consultants, trademark/copyright holders, publishing houses and accrediting agencies use our subsidized technologies and delivery vehicles to create private and shareable libraries of education, training and certification programs like the SCID IV, C-SSRS, NIHSS, Rankin, CDISC Standards, VIP, POMA, mSAS, AIMS, BARS, DISCUS, PASS, TUG and many more. The IEEN has proven to eliminate technology and administrative costs for organizations and minimize fraud and abuse challenges by controlling the ability to police potential copyright infringements.

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