watching videos helps in patient educationby Linda Nelson

It’s clear that the world of medicine is a dynamic industry. Every day medicine is moving forward at astounding speeds and seeing bigger and better outcomes. Years ago, who would have believed that robots would be helping perform surgeries?

At some point, medicine, like politics, will touch all of our lives. What this means is that the patients you take care of today will come from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.

When they come to you for the answers that will improve their lives, how you deliver that information holds the power to teach them how to help themselves.

As a healthcare professional you live in two worlds. Your work demands that you continue growing and evolving in your field, while you also have to provide worthwhile information to the patients you serve.

Using video animation in your online educational content can be a liaison between the two, helping you deliver clear and consistent messages that are pleasant to watch and easy to understand.

When you think of animation you probably flash back to Saturday mornings spent in front of the television waiting for that coyote to finally catch the elusive Road Runner.

But animation is so much more than a series of pictures used in cartoons. Animation is used almost everywhere.

Animation arrived on the scene decades before photography and is one of the most responsive mediums.

Animation is used to create movement and illusion that will enable your current teaching methods to reach further and take on new dimensions.

Animation is able to transform numbers into pictures that are then embedded in the computers of complex systems some of which you use every day.

The following are only a portion of the advantages of using video animation:

  • Video animation can help patients better understand words and processes.
  • Videos animation increases retention by using universal characters, images, and sound.
  • Educational video material can be adapted to a variety of audiences and produced in multiple languages.
  • Animation attracts online viewers and holds their attention longer than text or still pictures
  • Using animation can save you time by reinforcing your current educational material
  • You can produce animation using a small footprint that will save you money.
  • Animation is entertaining and makes educational material about complicated or unpleasant topics easier to digest.
  • Animation doesn’t require a lot to add to your online educational material allowing you to make the transition from stagnant information to dynamic engaging presentations.

As you continue to expand in your healthcare field remember that your patients will benefit from your increased knowledge and in your engagement of better ways to treat and to teach patients.