In a world of electronic convenience, online education and hyper-diligence the American Heart Association has once again entered the market in a grand 1990’s way. First they released their much awaited online educational model. Well not quite. They actually released it as a “Blended Learning Experience” that simply means you pay to sit through the online course, then you search the world over for an instructor to pay to review the online course and practice the skills that you just reviewed online in an effort to avoid the classroom model.
They have done it again. Today they announced that as of January 2018 all American Heart Association certification cards will be issued in “ecard format.” On the surface that sounds like a great idea. BUT and there is always a BUT; the AHA electronic card is more cumbersome and less secure than their paper version. It has been around for a while but many hospitals refuse to accept them and most instructors don’t like using them. Leaving the AHA with only one choice. Make it the ONLY way to issue their cards. There are only a few steps that the student and the hospitals must follow.
This system has led to hospitals and ambulance services either refusing to accept AHA electronic cards (no longer an option) or to require the student to “print” the card. This results in a certification card printed on plain paper with no security features at all. The current AHA printed cards have multiple imbedded security features making reproduction extremely difficult. No more. Now it can be done easily with any photo editing software and printed on plain paper.
Congratulations American Heart Association. You have once again spent millions and inconvenienced thousands; all to fix something that wasn’t broken in the first place!