Latitude Develops New Technology Solutions For ABEM
By Latitude Learning Team


Latitude Develops New Technology Solutions For American Board of Emergency Medicine

Technology Supports Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Processes

SALINE, MI (November 7, 2006) - Emergency physicians will now be able to spend more time practicing medicine and less time on paper work, thanks to four new technology projects developed by Latitude Consulting Group for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). ABEM, one of twenty-four medical specialty certification boards that comprise the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), certifies emergency physicians and manages a formal Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process for emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, practice performance, and examination standards.

Latitude worked closely with ABEM staff to produce a custom, fully integrated application to assist in the configuration, scheduling and reporting required for ABEM’s oral certification examinations. The semi-annual examination is part of the organization’s initial certification program and consists of 14 medical scenarios presented to candidates who are evaluated by trained physician-examiners. A range of candidates, examiners, cases and testing suites must be scheduled over the course of these multi-day examinations. The flexible application and rules engine effectively minimizes and manages conflicts between examiners and candidates, and provides a flexible scheduling and reporting tool that significantly reduces the amount of time spent on administrative scheduling activities.

“It is always a pleasure to see our relationships with our consultants and vendors become as positive as this one," said Dr. Mary Ann Reinhart, PhD, Executive Director of ABEM. “Latitude is now an integral part of our functioning. ABEM staff and Latitude are to be congratulated on the development of this solid working relationship.”

Other technology solutions completed recently include:
  • An extended application that allows physicians to search for, register and pay for a series of medical toxicology examinations and receive resulting transcript information back from PVueEmergency, a third-party exam proctor
  • Enhanced functionality of Emergency Medicine Continuous Certification (EMCC) online, a web application that allows physicians to view certification statuses and schedule testing
  • Implemented business rules and interface changes that allow physicians to use EMCC online more easily

About Latitude Consulting Group
Latitude Consulting Group, Inc. is a senior technology consulting firm that helps the extended enterprise optimize challenging, information-driven channel partner networks. Latitude designs and delivers learning-based channel portals, B2B applications, the learning management system, and managed services that create high-impact sales readiness, channel/client management, and certification programs. Many Fortune 100 companies (Microsoft, Chrysler Group, PepsiCo, General Motors) leverage more value from their channel partners through Latitude business partner portals.


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