WHITTIER, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California University of Health Sciences is one of nine colleges and universities nationwide being recognized by University Business magazine in its winter 2012 "Models of Efficiency" national recognition program. Sponsored by Higher One, which assists in college business office operations, the Models of Efficiency program recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through technology and/or business process improvements.
" Southern California University of Health Sciences' Clinical Internship Portal improves processes for SCU in multiple ways," said Tim Goral, Editor in Chief of University Business. "From elimination of redundancy, conflicts and errors to better meeting accreditation requirements, the Portal is a definite business process champion for this higher ed institution."
Southern California University of Health Science's Clinical Internship program prepares student interns to diagnose and treat patients in a real-world healthcare scenario. Previously, all facets of the program were manually maintained via paper-based processes. The Office of Supported and Institutional Research needed to review 178 credit request forms and 354 patient procedure logs annually to determine if a student was eligible to move to the next term or graduate. But data was not easily accessible. During a visit by the university's programmatic accreditors, the inability to provide timely data led to a request for detailed information and more streamlined processes. The solution was found in Microsoft Access, already installed on campus.
Access was used to track student intern credit and schedule clinical rotations. It also served as the catalyst for the development of a customized web application: The Clinical Internship Portal. Through the portal, rotation scheduling is shared by all clinical faculty, who spend just 20 minutes or less per month, while schedule conflicts and errors have dropped to nearly zero.