TODAY: “Improve Faculty Buy-In” Webinar April 22nd 2PM EST Hosted by SimGHOSTS

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SimGHOSTS is hosting a webinar presented by Level 3 Healthcare staff on “Improving Faculty Buy-in” for your simulation programs. Although this presentation will be shared from the perspective of technical staff – it will be applicable to all those looking to improve utilization of simulation by faculty or clinical educators.

Today’s simulation control room is a great place to be innovative, but the challenge that many centers have is the educators who are asked to use these control computers, and AV solutions, are not necessarily comfortable with the high-level of technology being integrated. Simplifying Simulation can improve the faculty buy-in, Level 3 Healthcare shows you how. Presented vy Michael Young Benjamin Campagnola.

Date Time: April 22nd 2PM-3PM EST (TODAY)

About Michael


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H. Michael Young has worked within the healthcare simulation field over the last nine years, first at Tarleton State University (TSU) and most recently for Level 3 Healthcare. In his role at TSU, Michael grew into a role best described as the simulation systems administrator, but like so many of those working in simulation operations enjoyed the more generic title of Simulation Technology Specialist. As an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Mr. Young has served on the Board of Directors (2013), sat on the Accreditation Council, and currently serves on the Certification Committee as sub- committee Chair for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS). In addition to his responsibilities with Level 3 Healthcare, Mr. Young is also working on his doctorate (Ed.D.) at TSU.

About Ben

Ben Campagnola holds an extensive record of successes engineering and programming large, customized commercial automation systems across a variety of markets. Specializing in the integration of computer software with control automation systems, he brings a new conceptual level of control to the integration industry- mostly focusing on the Python and Crestron programming environments. Experience in electronics and API development help him to utilize new products and technology in ways otherwise unattempted. Ben continually deploys exceptional programming by utilizing clean and standardized coding practices in his never-ending endeavor to create a universal technology environment where communications, AV, and automation seamlessly operate in tandem.

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS Webinar Announcement Page!


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World Aviation Training Conference & Showcase Opens in Orlando

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HealthySimulation.com is on hand to explore the very successful world of simulation in aviation! This morning at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando Florida, Halldale Media founder Andy Smith opened the World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow (WATS) 2015 to over 1,000 delegates from around the world and more than 80 industry vendors. The event was Diamond Sponsored by CAE, parent company to CAE Healthcare who is one of the leaders in the space.

Michael Whitaker, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided opened the show with an overview of the most up to date training and certification requirements for pilots, co-pilots, flight attendants and ground crew members. He reminded the audience that the FAA works hard to provide the “Safest most efficient airspace in the world, and your participation in this conference is evidence that your training experiences shares that goal.”

Captain Howard Attarian, Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at United Airlines (UA) followed Mr. Whitaker with an overview of their training program. Some will become regulatory in the future. “UA has a vested interest in staying above safety levels required by regulation to ensure the sage transport of passengers and cargo. Pilots, Flight Attendants, dispatchers, maintenance techs, and airport ops personnel are all included in our training programs.”

A variety of programs utilized by UA include data, flight, assessment, and management, all of which are cross-referenced against upcoming regulations. Statistical information is used to mitigate risk, warning us not to become “data rich but information poor”. Captain Attarian continued “You cannot give lip-service to these efforts – you will need full corporate support of these programs – every department needs to be set up for these programs and reporting needs to be complete. The system must understand mistakes but hold people accountable for their actions. You cannot achieve success without labor by making clear outcomes of how information will be used, promoting a shared model of trust that will enable your programs to succeed.”

When asked “Why United Airlines chooses to put at-risk pilots on notice” Captain Attarian answered “You have to bold, but not brazen. We observed behavior that was unacceptable. We put those responsible on notice. We followed up with a CRM analysis and ride-along program. All of which is supported by rich data analysis which drives the ultimate decision.”

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What’s amazing about being at a WATS conference is to see an entire industry with over 50 years of integrated simulation experience. The value of simulation is never a question, but rather how to continue to tweak the technology and training to ever improve flight safety. While the industry is not without its challenges, being in a space that has fully adopted simulation is a refreshing reminder about what’s to come for Healthcare in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

You can learn more about WATS and the aviation simulation industry by watching my video interviews from the 2013 Orlando event. You can also visit Halldale Media for both their Civil Aviation and Medical Simulation magazines.

Learn more at Halldale Media’s WATS Page

SimGHOSTS Medical Simulation Technology Events Registration Open for Australia, United Kingdom & United States

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New to operating simulation technology? Looking to share your expertise or sim lab innovations? Ready to connect with peers and learn from your simulation technical community? SimGHOSTS, aka the Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists is celebrating its 5-year anniversary with even more hands-on training events around the world in 2015. Join hundreds of other simulation champions who are responsible for selecting, installing, operating, managing, and repairing at the continental event located nearest you:

Australia & Asia Pacific : June 23-26th
Clinical Skills Development Service, Brisbane

United Kingdom & Europe : July 27-29th
Leeds Beckett University & NHS Horizon Leeds, Leeds
Co-Hosted by ASPiH

United States & North America : August 4-7th
Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Sim Center, Los Angeles

United Arab Emirates & Middle East/Africa : December 1-3rd (Rescheduled)
Location To Be Announced.

Full brochures are now available for the first three events so be sure to visit the links above to learn all about these innovative events. SimGHOSTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those responsible for operating healthcare simulation technology through annual hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development content. Sim Techs, or those responsible for operating simulation technology, who are interested in beginner, intermediate, or advanced courses in the following areas should attend:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management

Hear praise from international attendees who attended the 2014 USA event hosted by the American College of Chest Physicians (or check out the Australia testimonials here):

Take advantage of limited-supply early-bird registrations before they sell out! 

SimGHOSTS events are designed to be cost affordable and include free annual subscription to their online resource website (valued at $135.00 USD annually).

“I have been a member of SimGHOSTS since its inception because the skills and support gained from this community year after year have been invaluable. Connecting to global peers through the SimGHOSTS in-person hands-on training events and online community has enabled me to take our simulation department to new heights of success.” -UCLA Simulation Technology Specialist Christian Cannady

Visit SimGHOSTS.org to learn more.


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Illogic Provides Powerful Industrial Simulators To Safely Train Teams

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On occasion we like to share simulators from other industries to continue to remind ourselves about the continued rapid expansion of the simulation methodology through advanced technologies. Today we highlight “Illogic”, a company which produces simulators for projects like refineries, power plants and processing centers. Simulation in these industrial industries can enable operations managers to better train new staff or provide recertification to existing staff with safe, realistic real time engagements. Take a look at three of their portfolio projects below.

About Illogic:

Illogic is an atelier-style lab that develop Digital Creativity: our designers, engineers, artists and programmers work together to built 3D interactive visualization and simulation solutions to help customers enhance their business. We create innovation: of product, process and business. Interactive 3D solutions, from simulation based learning and safety training to the creation of interactive 3D materials, improve communication and knowledge transfer and enable people to understand faster and decide better. We operate in several fields by designing innovative tools and applications that allow customers to experiment the impact of emerging technologies on business and on many areas of our daily life. Interactive technology solutions offer a new way to solve problems, help business to increase sales, better communicate product functionality, and decrease training and travel costs.

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Rosneft Oil Company Refinery Simulator

For Rosneft Oil Company, Illogic has implemented a state-of-the-art, real-time, high-fidelity dynamic simulator for three equipments of the Ryazan refinery. The Rosneft simulator has operator training systems and 3D virtual Immersive Training Systems (ITS)

In collaboration with our russian partner Intelligent Ideas, we have developed different equipments (Heat Exchanger, Centrifugal Pump, Electrical Desalter, etc) and training procedures for different scenarios.

  • Ryazan personnel uses our immersive training system for:
  • Empowering human safety in the ambit of “HSE” policies
  • Reduce downtime and maximize the efficiency of plant maintenance
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of training

U.S. DOE – Simulator Training System

For the Department of Energy of United States Illogic has developed state-of-the-art, real-time, high-fidelity dynamic simulator training systems and 3D virtual immersive training systems (ITS), integrated in an energy plant and control room environment for IGCC power plant.

Using this innovative training system, a course has been developed that introduces trainees to the IGCC simulator, process, and controls. During the training in Virtual Reality, trainees startup and shutdown the simulated unit in an integrated manner and are exposed to simple and complex unit malfunctions. Trainees spend 40% of the time in the classroom and 60% of the time interacting with the operation and immersive training simulators.

VR-STAR – Virtual Reality Platform

VR-STAR is the most complete Virtual Reality software platform for the Oil&Gas Industry available today. It represents a new generation of Operation Training Solutions(OTS) based on immersive stereoscopic 3D Virtual Reality technologies. VR-STAR platform can be used in all these contexts:

  • Pre-visualization for construction
  • Training of human resources improving efficacy and efficiency of training final results
  • Operational Management by simulating processes
  • Risk Management by improving HSE (Health Safety Environment) policies for preventing human accident
  • Immersive training is crucial to increase
  • Plant safety: traditional training simulators do not cover field operators.

Learn more about Illogic on their Website!

American Academy on Communication in Healthcare ENRICH Conference June 18-21

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Laura Cooley, PhD Director of Education at the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare wrote us to share about the upcoming AACH Enrich Conference which sounds very empowering for healthcare simulation educators looking to improve communication:

“Hello HealthySim – I would like to invite your readers to attend the AACH ENRICH Course “Meeting at the Crossroads of Communication and Professionalism”, June 18-21, 2015. ENRICH is a 4-day intensive and interactive course for clinicians and educators from a variety of healthcare perspectives.

Workshop topics include:

  • Relationship-centered Communication
  • Interprofessional Teams
  • Coaching and Remediation
  • Professionalism and Cultural Humility and
  • Promoting Professional Development in Healthcare Education

Keynote presentations include:

  • How Does Healthcare Reimbursement & Structure Affect Professionalism and Healthcare Communication?
  • Overview of Professionalism and Healthcare Communication
  • Compassion and Resilience.

ENRICH uses a learner-centered model and features educational activities designed to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to practice and teach relationship-centered communication.”

Learn more at the AACH Enrich Website!

The Mill Invests $25K and 3 Month Mentorship Program Into Konsiderate Medical Simulation Purchase Review Website

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This week, Konsiderate.com began a 3 month mentorship program with Downtown Las Vegas’ The Mill program after receiving its first external investment of $25,000 to support the improvement of medical simulation purchase decisions through validated community reviews.

The Mill Startup Accelerator helps seed-stage companies focused on developing an exceptional customer service culture. The program team and mentor network work together to accelerate a startup’s growth. Participants gain access to a team of mentors from around the country, including Las Vegas based entrepreneur Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and author of Delivery Happiness. Konsiderate joins fellow startups Zora, FlutterBox, CastOff and Document Prove Up in this first startup cohort.

With over 1,000 simulation champions and fifteen industry vendors from around the world already participating, in just over a year Konsiderate has already become the leading community resource website for those looking to make better purchasing decisions through shared knowledge. Jackie Morck, CEO of Konsiderate, said about the Mill that “Our small team is extremely excited to be working directly with such successful startup entrepreneurs and we look forward to accelerating the development of our company alongside our fellow cohorts.”

Learn more through the Official Mill Announcement and start writing and reading reviews at Konsiderate today!


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B-Line Medical Seeks Product Marketing Manager in Washington D.C. Office

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B-Line Medical is seeking a Product Marketing Manager to work out of their Washington D.C. office!

About The Company:

B‑Line Medical makes software that helps healthcare professionals and educators improve the delivery of healthcare. Focused on the capture, debriefing, and assessment of medical training and clinical events, B‑Line Medical specializes in the delivery of robust, yet easy-to-use web-based solutions. Our software has helped over 350 top hospitals, medical schools, and nursing programs in 17 countries operate and manage their training and QI programs more effectively.

Our Mission Statement is to enhance medical simulation training and improve patient safety by providing the best tools for data capture, visualization, and analysis.Improve Patient Safety.

About the Job:

B-Line Medical is seeking a Product Marketing Manager. The Product Marketing Manager is responsible for the development and execution of the overall brand marketing strategy for B-Line Medical’s products and services. This includes defining the competitive landscape, product positioning/messaging, market intelligence, customer experience, sales enablement, campaigns, lead generation programs, and events driving client awareness, interest, and sales opportunities.

What you will be doing:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of B-Line Medical’s market
  • Define and implement product marketing plan, and drive all ongoing marketing activities
  • Develop product positioning and messaging that differentiates B-line Medical’s products in the market by understanding customer needs, product roadmap, market trends, and competitive forces
  • Continually perform competitive analysis and adjust product marketing strategy when necessary to ensure that B-Line Medical remains the market leader
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of product marketing materials which includes product collateral, website content, social media, case studies, demos, white papers, videos and presentations
  • Develop and manage a small Product Marketing team
  • Collaborate with Sales Team to develop landing pages, emails, collateral, and content/promotional pieces that convert recipients and visitors into leads
  • Create high-value customer reference stories to support key sales, marketing, and launch initiatives
  • Develop and implement a sales enablement program that includes messaging training, competitive counter-tactics, and product education
  • Establish continuous feedback loop with Product Management to influence the product development roadmap when market analysis reveals product deficiencies
  • Plan and lead product/feature launches across multiple departments (Sales, Engineering, Product Management, Customer Support, Product Training)
  • Manage all industry conference logistics, and establish more effective and consistent process for pre/post conference approach (including shipping, promotion, and post-conference follow-up

Desired Skills and Experience

What B-Line Medical is seeking:

  • B.A./B.S. in Marketing, Business, or related fields required
  • M.B.A/M.A./M.S a plus
  • 5+ years of experience marketing products for a B2B software or technology company
  • 2+ years direct experience with planning and executing  product marketing strategy for a B2B software or technology company
  • Experience in either medical simulation marketing, healthcare/hospital technology marketing or SaaS software marketing a plus
  • Proven experience in building innovative, proactive, high-impact marketing campaigns for software products utilizing all relevant channels and media, and aligning strategy with business goals
  • Demonstrated ability to set, measure, and improve marketing metrics
  • Experience driving product and feature launches, and go-to-market strategy
  • Proven experience in managing a team and growing junior team members
  • Experience with Hubspot and Salesforce.com
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to influence across organizational lines
  • Highly organized and disciplined
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Self-motivated and able to execute with minimal management oversight in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and complex issues
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving ability

Learn More & Apply on the B-Line Medical Website!

Breaking News: SAGES-ACS FLS Grants Limbs & Things Exclusive Rights for Sale of FLS Products

Just learned that Limbs & Things will become the exclusive distributor of FLS Training system for the next three years from the following press release. Congratulations to the L&T team!

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April 10th, 2015: Limbs & Things, Inc. of Savannah, GA (LTI) is proud to announce that The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS)FLS Committee has granted them exclusive rights for the sale and fulfillment of Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ (FLS) Training System, trainer box simulator and associated accessories and supplies for three years.

The simulator is a component of the FLS program that also includes a web-based educational module developed by SAGES, and now jointly offered by SAGES and ACS.  FLS incorporates hands-on skills training and an assessment tool to teach and evaluate the knowledge and skills required to perform basic laparoscopic surgery.

LTI will supply a range of updated versions of the FLS Trainer Box that are designed to suit the individual needs of the surgical trainer and trainee. All the versions will allow for parts such as the camera and light source to be easily swapped out and replaced by the customer, avoiding, as far as possible, the need to send back Trainer Boxes to L&T for repair. All new task accessories we produce will be comparable to current FLS products being used across the globe.

The agreement provides surgical educators and laparoscopists at all levels of training, equipment and supplies with rapid fulfillment of orders and convenient online purchasing via a secure e-commerce system that will be available at www.fls-products.com later this month.

Limbs & Things will be the exclusive worldwide distributor and manufacturer for the FLS Trainer System & Accessories. L&T has been designing, manufacturing and distributing surgical and clinical skills Task Trainers for 25 years across the healthcare market segments ranging from medical, surgical, nursing, government and military, to the medical device and pharmaceutical industrial and healthcare trainees. LTI is committed to serving training markets in Clinical Skills, Women’s Health and Surgical Specialties. Its goal is to produce products which allow clinical educators to deliver their curriculum requirements for physical examination and procedural skills successfully. To achieve this, the company continues to work closely with leading clinicians; it explores new technologies and materials and promotes its products within a worldwide marketplace. It also offers a confidential design and build service for industry and corporate clients.

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ (FLS) program (www.flsprogram.org) is a comprehensive web-based educational module complemented by a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach and evaluate the physiology, fundamental knowledge, and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. The goal of the program is to provide surgical residents, fellows and practicing physicians an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in a consistent, scientifically accepted format; and to test cognitive, surgical decision-making, and technical skills, all with the goal of improving the quality of patient care. FLS was originally developed by Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and now is jointly offered by SAGES and American College of Surgeons (ACS).

SAGES (www.sages.org) is a not-for-profit professional membership organization which represents a worldwide community of surgeons that bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients in every country. Representing over 6,000 surgeons and allied health professionals, their mission is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery.

Learn more at Limbs And Things Website!

Use of Sensors and Simulation Technology to Quantify Clinical Palpation

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Found this recently posted video on youtube entitled “Use of Sensors and Simulation Technology to Quantify Clinical Palpation” which was presented by Dr. Carla Pugh, M.D., Ph.D during the 2012 Scientific Sympoisum and Technology Showcase put on by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). This video demonstrates how new technologies can improve healthcare education and training in a variety of disciplines:

Learn more at the NIBIB website!


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Pulse Research & Development Shares How They Helped One Inventor Train the World

A recent LinkedIn article by Donna Eldridge (shared with permission) from Pulse Research & Development shares a fascinating journey of invention!

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“It was my arm standing in as the C-arm, my cell phone as the fluoroscope, an iPad and a block of silicone… that was our first training model.”

Jerry Long, Director of International Marketing at Boston Scientific had a challenge; “How could we as a company and as an industry impact the number of endourology procedures globally and especially in emerging markets?”

With the Society of Endourology, Jerry and his team convened thought leaders in urology to find some possible solutions. They were well aware that the three barriers would be: Training, Capital Equipment, and Reimbursement – which is especially tricky in some regions. The group decided to focus their efforts on training. They saw training as the activity most likely to launch – and predicted it as the most direct strategy to get physicians to do more procedures.

Supported by BSCI leadership, The Stone Institute was established to develop an integrated training program that could be taken around the world.

Like most new endeavors they began with limited resources to see if their idea was workable and eventually scalable. Would they be able to attract physicians? Could it be replicated internationally? How would it affect surgeon perspectives for treatment? And would the program find support with partners in the field?

The objective was to create a consistent high-quality training program combining didactic and hands-on instruction to improve key surgical & procedural skills advancing the level of expertise for Stone Disease globally.

The expectation was to grow the volume of procedures performed worldwide with the overall intention of improving patient health.

At the completion of the initial training programs, evaluating the first participant feedback, and with Jerry’s arm quickly wearing out, the team began planning improvements for the next round of training. A second-generation training model involved hacksawing off the back of an old office chair to get the required ‘C-shape’ for the C-arm and creating a rough SLA or 3D printed kidney. Additional training programs garnered more and better feedback on both the classroom training and the hands-on surgical lab.

The next stop was the Boston Scientific model shop where the first of many portable, radiation free, C-arm designs was crafted and operable calyceal molds were cast.

More training, more feedback, and required improvements were made.

They now had enough information to have Pulse Research + Development create & produce in quantity, beautiful & branded 8th generation models: realistic mini C-arms and surgical practice kidney calyces that provided a very real-life surgical experience, designed to be totally congruent with The Stone Institute.

In the 18 months since The Stone Institute was established, 630 physicians have been trained globally in the surgical skills for flexible ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL).

  • The innovative lab design has enabled a realistic and radiation-free environment for practicing surgical techniques
  • The novel clear silicon kidney model offers true-to-life needle puncture pressure and feeling
  • And the custom camera and software replicates fluoroscopy images on a screen
  • At each selected training site a core faculty member has been paired with a ‘local’ faculty member for training delivered at a hospital or conference center. The pairing integrates each program culturally, raising visibility and building trust.

The Results:

  • Post program surveys have found that surgeons doubled their confidence level in the key skills
  • Procedure volumes have increased overall, achieving the goal of improving patient health

Using direct and specific surgeon feedback The Stone Institute has been able to create the most captivating & compelling, practical & portable, striking & memorable experience possible. In addition to sites like South Africa, Brazil, Poland, Dubai, China, and Singapore – ongoing programs will continue to be offered around the globe.

“It’s scary to go out to the customer with something ugly or something that you don’t know is going to work. But it is wonderful to engage physicians in a way that gets them to jump on board and partner with you. The physicians every step of the way have been enthusiastic critics to improve the overall experience for the next group of trainees.” - Jerry Long, The Stone Institute

Visit PulseRnD.com for more!