JPL and Penn State Hershey Medical Center Capture Top International eLearning Award for Patient Education Tool


The International E-Learning Association has selected JPL and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as the winner in the Blended Learning Category of the 2014 International E-Learning Awards–Academic Division, for its breast cancer patient education tool.Breast Cancer Educational Decision Aid

The International E-Learning Awards are given each year for the best work in e-learning, mobile learning, and blended learning, in two divisions: Academic and Business/Industry. All submissions are evaluated on educational soundness and effectiveness, usability, and overall significance. JPL and Penn State Hershey Medical Center join two other winners in academic eLearning categories in this prestigious eLearning industry competition.

The eLearning tool, called Nurse BEDI, stands for breast education decision aid instrument. It was created by Dr. Rena Kass, chair of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) education committee and associate professor of surgery at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, in collaboration with members of the ASBS education committee, Dr. Jane Schubart of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and JPL. It is supported in part by the American Cancer Society and the Penn State Hershey Department of Surgery.

The tool is designed to help standardize patient education and consultation and streamline the process for surgeons. Nurse BEDI aids in shared decision-making between the patient and the surgeon so that all breast cancer patients understand their diagnosis, know the available treatment options and have easy access to educational materials.

During an office visit, a surgeon will use the mobile software tool on a tablet or computer to capture information on the patient regarding her condition. Then, the patient will be educated on information specific to her type of breast cancer and answer a few questions. The tool generates images and information tailored to each patient’s condition and outlines treatment options. At the end of the learning session, a healthcare professional reviews the patient’s responses and provides additional assistance. The patient is able to ask more specific questions because she has already received the basic information from the mobile tool. One IELA judge commented that “after filling out the initial information, the software takes you by the hand.”

The learning and support tool is in the prototype phase and the creators are using feedback from the medical community and patients to guide the final version.


About JPL: JPL combines creativity and interactivity to design engaging learning experiences that improve performance. The firm partners with clients from strategy through content development and technology implementation. JPL’s learning solutions produce results in leading global corporations, associations and government agencies.

About IELA: The International E-Learning Association (IELA) is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of eLearning in the classroom and the workplace. With members hailing from every continent, the IELA is a diverse community of eLearning professionals, researchers and students.