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Georgia Ministry accredits BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning

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Georgia Ministry accredits BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning

The Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia accredits BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning

BMJ has been instrumental in shaping new continuous medical education (CME) and continuous professional development (CPD) systems to help health professionals deliver the very best care to their patients

The Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia and BMJ, one of the world’s leading healthcare knowledge providers, announced today that BMJ Best Practice, a clinical decision support tool, and BMJ Learning, an online learning platform, have been accredited for the purposes of CME and CPD.

The CME and CPD credits earned by doctors for using BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning will now be formally recognised by the Ministry and other healthcare organisations across Georgia.

The new system is the result of a unique collaboration between BMJ and the Ministry which has already helped thousands of Georgian health professionals. The collaboration provides health professionals with access to BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning as part of a Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Training Initiative to improve the detection, diagnosis and management of infectious diseases. BMJ’s CDS Training Inititiave, supported by the National Centre for Diseases Control and Ministry has been integral to the development and approval of a system for Continuous Medical and Professional Development.

The government decree marks the next step in Georgia’s ambitious plans for improving its healthcare systems and infrastructure, improving the use of health resources, and the quality of healthcare services.

“BMJ CPD resources are recognised in Georgia and provide a unique opportunity for Georgian medical professionals to get access to the trusted latest evidence and improve their knowledge in different specialties. Credits received through BMJ will be accepted towards doctor recertification to be reintroduced in future”, said Natia Nogaideli, Head of Regulatory Division at Health Department, MoH.

Dr Kieran Walsh, BMJ Clinical Director added: “We are delighted that the Ministry has accredited BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning. This accreditation is a symbol of quality – healthcare professionals can be confident that our resources provide clinical and educational knowledge to the highest possible standards. The resources will help healthcare professionals deliver the best possible care for their patients.”

BMJ Best Practice is an online decision support tool that gives doctors fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions for 95% of commonly presented conditions across primary and secondary care. Updated daily, it draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

BMJ Learning is an online learning resource that offers healthcare professionals a fast and efficient way to test their knowledge and keep up to date with the latest developments in medicine. It features around 800 evidence-based, peer-reviewed learning modules across 70 specialty areas.

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If you would like to participate in the Clinical Decision Support Initiative and gain access to BMJ Best Practice and BMJ Learning, please contact BMJ in-country Implementation Lead: Dr Ekaterine Cherkezishvili, echerkezishvili@bmj.com

About BMJ

BMJ is a healthcare knowledge provider that aims to advance healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences, outcomes and value. For more information on the Clinical Decision Support Initiative please visit cds.bmj.com