ASPiH UK 2014 Nottingham is MUST-Attend for EU Healthcare Simulation Champions

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Having attended last year’s 4th annual event I can attest to the innovative, professional and high-quality learning opportunities put on by the ASPIH team. This year the line-up of speakers and content continues to impress! Early-bird rate ends September 8th so hurry and register for discounted pricing!

From Conference Co-Chairs Simon Edgar and Bryn Baxendale:

Dear Simulation Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to the 5th National ASPiH Conference. Last year in Harrogate was a great success when we were joined by 400 delegates. This year we have increased our conference capacity and developed a programme that continues to build on the successful ideas and approach we have introduced in our previous conferences.

The theme of this year’s conference focuses on how simulation and new learning technologies can be used to enhance individual, team and organisational learning and improvement in relation to the integration of human factors within health and social care.

The main programme commences at 6pm on Tuesday 11th November after a day of in-depth preconference courses. Our keynote speakers and conference faculty include international and national experts in professional practice and education, workforce development, organisational learning, healthcare innovation, and public / patient involvement in safety and quality improvement. Their contributions through plenary lectures, expert panels, and roundtable discussions are intended to stimulate and inspire all of us to consider how we can improve our own areas of practice.

In addition this year we have had a record number of abstract submissions which has resulted in over 150 research papers, works in progress, and poster presentations being featured during the conference.

We hope you will be able to join us during this exciting event, which will benefit you and your area of practice as well as enable you to develop friendships and network with many like-minded colleagues.

NOVEMBER 11th-13th CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

We are providing a number of full day pre-conference courses and specialist forums on Tuesday 11th November that aim to provide delegates with a more in-depth exposure to specific themes and topics, and providing the unique opportunity to access experienced colleagues and experts in their field. The opening keynote and conference opening reception will be at 6pm Tuesday.

On Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November the full conference and scientific programme will include many workshops, oral papers and poster presentations. In addition there will be an expanded Technicians and Innovation Arena, Student sessions, and many opportunities to network with colleagues and establish new connections. The Exhibition Hall will include many displays and demonstrations of the latest resources available in simulation and technology enhanced learning, including an opportunity to visit the Health Education England team who are developing the UK wide TEL Hub. 


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Location:
East Midlands Conference Centre,
University Park, Nottingham,
Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG7 2RJ

Tuesday 11th 

10am to 4pm – Pre Conference Workshops
6.00pm to 8pm – Conference Opening Address and  Reception
8.30pm to 11pm – Meet the experts and speakers dinner

Wednesday 12th

9am to 5pm – Conference Sessions
6.30pm to 11.30pm – Conference Networking and Buffet Dinner Party

Thursday 13th

9am to 4.30pm – Conference Sessions

Simulation Technology Specialists – TECH TRACK

The TECH room, first introduced at the 2012 conference was considered to be BIGGER AND BETTER last year at Harrogate – attracting many more skills and simulation technicians as both presenters and delegates. This year the TECH room not only has a ‘prime position’ in the atrium of the East Midland Conference Centre in Nottingham from 11th – 13th November 2014, but will also deliver a pre-conference full-day workshop in the Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre on Tuesday 11th November.

Workshops and presentations will run in the TECH room for the full two days of Conference – the programme includes three workshops, nine oral presentations and four product presentations with the added opportunity for a product innovation corner space. Newly introduced this year are two case studies, one planned for each day, to facilitate discussion around ‘new ways of working’ and sharing solutions and the live video booth – see outlines for both conference days in the TECH agenda and justification support document downloadable here.

Download the 2014 conference brochure here and visit the ASPIH 2014 Event Website to register!

Tore Laerdal TEDx Talk “Collaboration Breeds Innovation”

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Tore Laerdal, Chairman of Laerdal Medical gave this TEDx talk last year in Stavanger on how “Collaboration Breeds Innovation” and opened his presentation by sharing how his life was saved by his father at the age of two after he drowned in a lake. As a plastics toy manufacturer, Tore believes this personal experience of life-saving motivated his father Åsmund S. Lærdal to create the resusci-anne, the worlds leading CPR training manikin which has estimated to save more than 2,000,000 lives. Watch this inspiring presentation to see why Collaboration does indeed breed innovation.

From TEDx:

Tore Laerdal is Chairman of Laerdal Medical, a Norwegian family owned company that since modern lifesaving techniques were developed in 1960, has been a leading supplier of training material and therapeutic equipment for acute medicine.

Tore Laerdal is also Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine. The Foundation has earmarked significant funding for practically oriented MDG 4 and MDG 5 research projects. In recent years, Mr Laerdal has turned his full focus to global health challenges, and established Laerdal Global Health, a not for profit company with the sole purpose of providing highly affordable and culturally sensitive training and therapeutic solutions to help reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low resource settings. For this purpose Laerdal Global Health has partnered with USAID, NIH, Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in the Helping Babies Breathe alliance and the Survive & Thrive alliance. Furthermore, Laerdal Global Health has established the Day of Birth Alliance with Jhpiego and the Center for Bioengineering, Innovation and Design at the Johns Hopkins University. Mr Laerdal serves as Chairman of the Board of two external research foundations in Norway. He holds an MSc degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and has received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University in Hertfordshire in the UK. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Mama Natalie

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Tore concluded his talk speaking about his own “aha” moments when he visited Africa and learned of the thousands of preventable newborn deaths taking place there — to which lead to the development of the Mama Natalie. An extremely affordable birthing simulator, the device is now used throughout the world to train healthcare teams for the birthing scenario in low resource environments.

MamaNatalie birthing simulator that comes with NeoNatalie helps you create realistic training scenarios easily. It has been designed to facilitate an engaging role play that will make the learning sessions memorable and efficient. MamaNatalie is a birthing simulator that makes it easy to create very compelling simulations of complex or normal birthing scenarios. It is strapped onto the operator, who takes the role of the mother, and manually controls the training scenario and the following features:

  • Bleeding Positioning and delivery of the baby
  • Delivery of placenta
  • Fetal heart sounds
  • Cervix landmark
  • Urine bladder cathetherization
  • Uterine massage
  • Uterine compression

Purchase provides donation: For each MamaNatalie purchased through Laerdal Medical, an additional MamaNatalie is being donated to low-resource countries through Laerdal Global Health and the Helping Mothers Survive initiative!

Learn more about the history of Laerdal here, the Mama Natalie here, and then watch more great TEDx events here.


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50,000 Views of Medical Simulation Videos from HealthySimulation.com

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HealthySim readers- today I am thrilled to share that the HealthySimulation Youtube Channel has crossed more than 50,000 views! To highlight this achievement I have shared again  here the top six “most watched” videos from our channel, which covers healthcare simulation product demos, conference interviews, tutorials and more! Thanks to all those that helped us achieve this amazing goal.

#6) How to Produce a Sim Lab Video Orientation 


#5) Simulab TraumaMan In-Situ at LSU


#4) Pyxis MedStation 4000 Clinical Educator Reflections From MedicalShipment.com


#3) CAE’s Caesar Manikin 


#2) iSimulate Unveils ALSi Patient Vital Sign Monitor Software 


#1) Laerdal Launches SimPad at IMSH 2012 

Stop by the HealthySimulation Medical Simulation Youtube Channel for over ONE HUNDRED more medical simulation videos, be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE!

Clinical Skills Lab Coordinator Standard Operating Procedures Example

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Recently I shared the Standard Operating Guide developed at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas for both the IT and Clinical Simulation Technology Specialists. Today, I am sharing the “SOPs” for the position of Skills Lab Coordinator, who was responsible for:

  • Managing supplies for the entire center including
    • Inventory
    • Stocking
    • Location
    • Barcoding
    • Ordering
    • Checkout
    • Disbursement
  • Coordinating with faculty regarding skills lab setups/tear-downs
  • Managing volunteers and student workers
  • Skills labs signups
  • Setting up and taking down lab setups for
    • Ward
    • Two skills labs
    • Classrooms
  • Task trainer maintenance, tracking and storage
  • “Other duties as assigned”

These SOPs act as a guide with regards to the responsibilities breakdown of the position and were developed to help new staff better understand the position as well as help demonstrate policies and procedures to clinical faculty. As a former director of a healthcare simulation space, I highly recommend you have all current staff create such an SOP document in-order to easier deal with staff rotation, as well as annual reviews of job performance and HR salary increases.

Download the Clinical Skills Labs Coordinator Standard Operating Procedure

Then check out the Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists Standard Operating Procedures


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IMSH Videos: Recap of Medical Simulation Vendor Product Demonstrations & Interviews

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At IMSH 2014 San Francisco earlier this year, HealthySimulation.com was on hand to learn all the latest from a good number of leading medical simulation vendors. Over the past several months we have released several video interviews, which you can now all watch for free below. Special thanks to Matt Koss for his help editing these pieces, each of which takes several days to produce!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want more great medical simulation video content?
Check out HealthySimulation.com’s Youtube Channel which now boasts over 100 videos and more than 50,000 views!

Watch the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Opening Keynote Address at American College of CHEST Physicians Sponsored by Level 3 Healthcare

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Level 3 Healthcare sponsored the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA keynote address, presented by SimGHOSTS President James Cypert. This event was broadcast and streamed LIVE Wednesday morning Day 1 of the main event August 6th at the American College of CHEST Physicians in Glenview near Chicago, IL. As the keynote address, Level 3 Healthcare’s sponsorship has guaranteed this presentation will remain permanently available online for free – which you can watch now by visiting the SimGHOSTS website.

SimGHOSTS proudly introduced Level 3 Healthcareas the Platinum Sponsor of 2014 USA Event. Sponsoring both the Opening Keynote address and the Opening Reception at PinStripes Bowling, Level 3 Healthcare is looking to powerfully connect with the SimGHOSTS international community. As well, the SG14 event team  added a special plenary panel Friday morning which dove deeper into the Level 3 Healthcare’s build-out of the Cedars Sinai Simulation program.

SimGHOSTS President James Cypert presented on the importance of bringing in basic research methods in support of the professional development of Simulation Techs. He  began the conversation with a community focus and topics for future research and invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research. The goal of this the 2014 USA keynote address was to provide some of the basic tools, resources, and methods for providing evidence‑based practice for simulation technologists, ascertaining cogent research topics, and identifying collaborative opportunities, and establishing working relationships to achieve higher levels of dialog from and with the technician community.

James presented basic research methods that everyone can apply, then begin a conversation about community focus and topics for future research. To wrap up the session the facilitator will invite a networking dialog to establish collaboration opportunities for designing, conducting, collecting, writing, and submitting well‑formed research.

About Level 3 Healthcare:

The healthcare division of Level 3 has been providing advanced multimedia solutions in minimally invasive surgical environments and simulation centers since 2007. This Phoenix based medical engineering group has pioneered designs in telehealth, live HD video distribution, recording, archiving, content management and media retrieval systems for healthcare universities, teaching hospitals and simulation labs. Level 3 Healthcare’s core competency is integrating the myriad of healthcare, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their use case and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow, profitability and/or learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

Level 3 Healthcare was founded as a division of Level 3 Audio Visual who has been well established in the commercial industry since 1996. Level 3 AV had been working with a major medical university on their classroom presentation technology when they were presented with a challenge from the Dean of Anatomy. Level 3 AV was asked to design and build a cordless, wireless, mobile HD video cart for their anatomy lab. The Dean and his faculty had several uses in mind for this cart but Its main purpose was to capture high definition video from a student’s cadaver, transmit that video to an AV head end, store and meta-tag the captured video while simultaneously transmitting the video back out to twenty, high definition, LCD monitors dispersed around the lab as well as to a secondary lab located across the campus. A secondary purpose of this cart was for the creation of video text books that could be produced and stored online as an additional reference for the healthcare staff and students.

Visit the SG14USA Keynote Address Page to watch the presentation & learn more about Level 3 Healthcare, the 2014 USA Platinum & Opening Reception Sponsor!


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Healthcare Education Assessment Training & Technology Inaugural Conference Opens in Orlando

This morning at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, FL the inaugural Healthcare Education Assessment Training & Technology Conference opened its doors to healthcare educators, administrators, innovators, and more.

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Opening the show was Andy Smith of Halldale Media who shared how he began his journey into healthcare education by spending his childhood holidays with his parents who worked in hospitals. As an adult his passion took him into developing businesses which support simulation training in the military and aviation industries — all of which helped him see the stark differences healthcare training when he had to undergo laparoscopic surgery over a decade ago where there was no simulation. For him, the opportunity to help bridge that gap was clear. Andy then mentioned the book Beyond the Checklist by Suzanne Gordon (read my book review here) which obviously mentioned the “Miracle on the Hudson”, to which he suggested “was no miracle” because “prepared pilots executed trained procedures and communication methods that saved the lives of those onboard”. He then reminded us that while there have been about 400,000 deaths and millions of injuries attributed to medical error in the past year alone, there has not been a single death by a US-based airlines carrier in the past four years.

Being a world leader in simulation resources for aviation, Andy clearly brings critical knowledge necessary for the expanded success of simulation in healthcare. Challenges he suggested for our community include: resistance to change, a retiring baby-boomer generation which will create a vacuum of experience, the increased attention of medical errors by Washington DC and the difficulty to have good work in some areas to be adopted elsewhere.

Andy then introduced the event’s keynote speaker John H. Armstrong MD FACES, State Surgeon General and & Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Armstrong provided a brief overview of the healthcare needs of Florida to help demonstrate the often-missed identification of exploring actual patient care needs before moving into simulation. He followed that “context” should be the primary driver of healthcare education and included other challenges to simulation champions in healthcare including:

  • Ability to show relevance to quality and ROI of performance outcomes
  • Fragmented business model which was understandably driven by industry but that we have usually invested in before analyzing real needs
  • Culture of “practice on patients” is outdated yet still prevalent and questioned if this was really the best way to evaluate process

Dr. Armstrong then suggested how we can move forward:

  • Re-brand simulation to inspire quality with focus on patient outcomes
  • Develop integrated business model which works between industry, patients, and healthcare providers and focuses on public priorities
  • Focus on curriculum development which follows this pattern: explore needs assessment, define outcomes, select metrics, design instructional content, select appropriate simulator and tools, and then explore evaluation & feedback. (as opposed to starting with simulator selection and then designing instruction content).

He finalized his talk by asking us “Why do we pay 6 billion a year for a premium in inefficiency in healthcare education and training?”, reminding us that we don’t seem to all be on the “same page” in the simulation community, and that we need to reposition education and training through simulation as part of the solution to health system challenges.

Currently David Banks MSW FACHE from Florida Hospital is reminding us that the U.S. Inspector General suggested that of the hundreds of thousands of death attributed to medical error, 44% of them are preventable. Inspired yet? HEATT is lining up to be the event healthcare needs to improve its education and training.

Learn more about the HEATT program here and for more coverage, be sure to follow twitter accounts @HealthySim & @HalldaleMedia.

Still Time To Register for Cincinnati Children’s Regional Simulation Conference September 22nd & 23rd!

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With simulation experts like Dr. Paul Phrampus and Dr. Jennifer Arnold speaking, this is a regional simulation event you don’t want to miss! Taking place next month September 22nd and 23rd, there is still plenty of time for you to register and receive CME and CEU credits from this innovative event.

But HURRY as Cincinnati Children’s 2014 Regional Simulation Conference is rapidly approaching! Their conference will be taking place at Xavier University’s Cintas Center late September for two days (22nd/23rd) and will be targeting adult and pediatric multidisciplinary healthcare providers who are using or are interested in using simulation. The event will provide a forum for the exchange of simulation strategies and innovations to enhance education, patient safety, and quality improvement through plenary sessions, interactive workshops, research, expert panels, and podium presentations. The event hosts have told me they are thrilled to offer many varied and exciting sessions around using simulation in new and innovative ways including the infamous “SimWars” competition in which 3 teams from critical care units will be competing in a simulation competition designed for fun and best-practice learning objectives.

Their keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Arnold of TLC’s The Little Couple, as part of this conference. Dr. Arnold is a neonatologist at Texas Children’s hospital and is a well-known public figure and highly engaging and inspirational speaker. Click here to visit the event page now!

Event Course Topics Include:

“Speak English!”: Training Innovations for Best Practices in Medical Interpreting
Eloiza Domingo-Snyder, MS – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

In this session the Linguistic Services and Diversity & Inclusion department will reveal a new era of training medical interpreters using simulation to provide safe and equitable environments and world-class experiences for Cincinnati Children’s patients and families.

Mirroring the Transformation of Healthcare through Simulated Experiences in an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory House
Debi Sampsel – University of Cincinnati

This presentation demonstrates how thinking outside the box can create fun and engaging simulation learning environments for the community at large, the faculty, the students and the workforce team members by creating an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory House where human patient simulators reside.

From the OR table to the Playset:  How Simulation built the foundation for the MCS Program at Cincinnati Children’s

Aimee Gardner CCP; Richard Owens CCP; Angela Lorts MD;  Jamie Shoemaker RN; Gary Geis MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will provide a sampler expo of MCS [Mechanical Circulatory Support] simulations that tell the story of a patient from implant of a device through discharge.  Simulations will include:  CICU Management, Discharge Family Education, Emergency Room MCS Trauma Response and EMS Response.

Actual, in situ, and in center: video assessment of multidisciplinary team performance during simulated and actual pediatric medical emergencies.
Thomaz Bittencourt Couto, MD – Cincinnati Children’s and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

In situ versus in center simulation-based teamwork training: a Survey of Pediatric Emergency Providers
Thomaz Bittencourt Couto, MD – Cincinnati Children’s and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

Interdisciplinary simulation involving intraoperative neuromonitoring for trainees
Michael Sikora, MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Leveraging the critical decision method and simulation-based training to accelerate resident recognition of sepsis

Gary Geis, MD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

How to Effectively Use Simulations to Develop Clinical Skills
Katie Ondo – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

The participant will list, define and apply the critical elements of simulation-based education using the 12 steps for planning a simulation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Participants will work collaboratively to create highly effective simulations.

Developing Leadership and Systems Thinking Through Simulation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Carol Caldwell, PhD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will focus on how Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center incorporates a leadership hospital simulation as a means to develop strategic thinking, systems thinking and business and financial acumen.

One Direction for the Newborn
Suzanne Fraiche, BSN, MSN – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

This session will present the key features involved in initiating an in situ simulation program for the newborn resuscitation and stabilization in Level I and II nurseries.

Deploying New Technologies to Enhance Simulation Experiences throughout the Academic Spectrum: Nursing Undergraduate through Post Master Courses
Debi Sampsel – University of Cincinnati

This session will present how using various types of technology can enhance undergraduate and graduate students’ interactive experiences in an Intraprofessional Innovation Collaboratory simulation setting.

An innovative approach to neurological education using a standardized patient
Nichole Kelsey, BSN – Cleveland Clinic

Participants will participate in an interactive video-based simulation where they will be asked to identify the patient problem through an audience response system, followed by a small group exercise, and reflection on application to individual practice needs.

Implementation of an End of Life Simulation into the Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Gina Fieler RN,MSN – Northern Kentucky University

This presentation will discuss the simulation format, implementation into the baccalaureate program, objectives of the simulation, and evaluations of the simulation experience by students and nursing faculty.

“Sim Wars”
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Staff

Witness the battle between three departments from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center: Trauma Services, Emergency Services/Medicine main campus, and Emergency Services/Medicine Liberty campus.

Learn more about Cincinnati Children’s Regional Simulation Conference Event!


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The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Releases Results of National Simulation Study!

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Breaking News – The NCSBN has released their Landmark Simulation Research Results! Here is a snippet about the overall results from the official NCSBN press release:

“The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has released the findings of its award-winning research, “The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education,” which concluded that substituting high quality simulation experiences for up to half of traditional clinical hours produce comparable end of program educational outcomes to those students whose experiences are mostly just traditional clinical hours and produce new graduates that are ready for clinical practice. 

The largest and most comprehensive research to date examining the use of simulation in the prelicensure nursing curriculum, this longitudinal study included incoming nursing students from 10 prelicensure programs across the U.S. who were randomized to one of three study groups: 

  • Control group (traditional clinical where up to 10 percent of clinical time was allowed in simulation) 
  • 25 percent simulation in place of traditional clinical hours 
  • 50 percent simulation in place of traditional clinical hours

The study began in the 2011 fall semester with the first clinical nursing course, continued throughout the core clinical courses to graduation in May 2013. Students were assessed on clinical competency, nursing knowledge and provided ratings on how well they perceived their learning needs were met in both the clinical and simulation environments. A total of 666 students completed the study requirements at the time of graduation.

It was found that up to 50 percent simulation was effectively substituted for traditional clinical experience in all core courses across the prelicensure nursing curriculum. Additionally, the use of up to 50 percent simulation did not affect NCLEX pass rates.

Study participants were also followed into their first six months of clinical practice. The study found that there were no meaningful differences between the groups in critical thinking, clinical competency and overall readiness for practice as rated by managers at six weeks, three months and six months after working in a clinical position.”

Read the full NCSBN press release here and then stay tuned to the Journal of Nursing Regulation website to download the full study for free as soon as its posted!

iMedicalApps.com Physicians Review Mobile Medical Technology Apps

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iMedicalApps provides honest reviews of all the latest medical apps for healthcare professionals, patients and analysts interested in mobile technology. Their physician editors lead a team of physicians, allied health professionals, medical trainees, and mHealth analysts in providing reviews, research, and commentary of mobile medical technology. Their publication is heavily based on our their experiences in the hospital and clinic setting.

Their work has been recognized as experts in mobile health by the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Slate Magazine, American Medical News, and many other reputable media outlets. They have also been in various medical journals, such as the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the Journal of Surgical Oncology, the Journal of Surgical Radiology, and others.

Unlike other medical review and mHealth sites, the iMedicalApps Editors do not make medical apps and institute strict conflict-of-interest policies, enabling us to provide an unbiased view of mobile medical technology.

Why Critical Reviews Are A Must for Medical Mobile Tech:
Shannon O’Hern, McNamara Emergency Medicine Resident (@shannonomac) writes a blog and is also one of the reviwers on iMedicalApps. She shares on her post “A Critical Eye on Mobile Technology in Medicine” why there is a need for such a website, that reviews are supposed to be honest and critical, and how such apps can help new and experienced medical professionals and patients learn more about healthcare:

“So why do I think it’s worthwhile to review apps? As medical education embraces new technology, I think it’s essential for us to look at new resources like mobile apps with the same critical eye that we use for evaluating traditional resources like medical textbooks and peer reviewed publications. At the same time, this is a fantastic opportunity to experiment with new ways to use technology in teaching, independent learning, and clinical practice.

Can a medical apps make us better doctors? CPR Game is a great example of using technology to explore new ways of learning. This serious game simulates a cardiac arrest scenario and teaches resuscitation skills by encouraging players to identify and preform critical actions in a timely manner to save their patient. I found that playing this game helped me remember my resuscitation ABCs and keep a level head when working on medical codes. I look forward to seeing more fun, interactive teaching tools like this in medical education.

On the other hand, I reviewed some apps that I wouldn’t recommend to other physicians. Coags Uncomplicated seemed like a great free educational app at first glance, but in the end turned out to have a hidden agenda – it was created by a drug company to sell more drugs. I called out Emergency Medicine iQ, a board review app, for having inaccurate references and incorrect explanations.  I also question the role of some apps in clinical practice - is it safe to use an app with an automated ECG algorithm? I don’t think so.” Read the full article here.Clearly there is a great need for this resource as “not all apps are created equal”. Be sure to read these professional reviews first!

Read the reviews and get the latest Medical Apps at iMedicalApps.com!