Center for Medical Simulation Hosts Alaskan Healthcare Providers for Frontline Training

CMS Hosts Alaskan Healthcare Providers

The opportunity to train for frontline medical cases in rural areas is limitless with simulation. Recently Harvard’s CMS hosted Alaskan healthcare educators to provide a master course in the latest simulation learning best practices:

Recently, Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation hosted two Alaskan healthcare providers, Susan Davis, EMT, CHP-c, and Danita Koehler, MD. Susan and Danita came to CMS representing Eastern Aleutian Tribes , a healthcare corporation working alongside the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to provide health services to communities in the Aleutian Islands and on the Alaska and Kenai peninsulas. These programs are part of the Alaska Community Health Aide Program, which provides resources to a network of more than 550 healthcare providers serving more than 170 rural villages throughout Alaska. ANTHC is Alaska’s second largest healthcare employer, with over 2,500 employees.

Susan and Danita attended the CMS Comprehensive Instructor Workshop in order to further their goal of bringing simulation training to these healthcare programs. The Community Health Aides / Practitioners who work in the CHAP program are the primary providers in their communities, working with limited resources to provide health education, prevent disease and injury, and ensure safe water and sewer services. These community providers work in conjunction with remote providers at hospitals, using teleconferencing to examine patients, discuss treatment options, and determine whether medevac resources are required in critical situations.


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Simulation training will allow these frontline providers to safely train on and improve response times to many potential clinical situations, including early recognition of crucial signs and symptoms for issues like shock, sepsis, and psychiatric distress. Having spent a week at CMS training with an international and interprofessional team of healthcare providers, Susan and Danita are now better equipped to create, operate, and evangelize simulation programs for their healthcare organizations and their communities.

Do you train for rural healthcare with simulation? Tweet us @HealthySim and let us know how!


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German-Based Zyos Provides Audio/Video Recording Platform – SESAM 2016 Exhibitor Video Series Part 1

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Earlier this year HealthySimulation.com was on hand at SESAM 2016 (Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine) to meet with several European-based vendors. We met with German-based Zyos to learn more about their unique A/V recording tools for healthcare simulation. While currently not available in North America, the Zyos DSoneMicro system enables simulation programs to provide affordable video recording and debriefing of scenarios. Check out our video interview below:

About Zyos

Zyos is a supplier of mobile audio-video equipment in the medical emergency simulation who specializes in the development and manufacture of debriefing systems as well for the preclinical as for intra clinical use. With their mobile debriefing system DSonePortable and associated DSoneCapture software, they provide a mobile standard system which is able to suit any specific requirements and framework conditions thanks to its broad range of options. Their high-quality systems were all developed and designed in-house. Their technicians will help you in person to ensure perfect operation of all components, and will provide on-site service. And if there are any questions, contact them any time – they’ll be there.

About DSoneCapture:

The Zyos debriefing system DSone is always bundled with DSoneCapture software. In its current version, our software permits recording and playback of three camera signals which are displayed as quad split on the monitor. In the fourth quad split window users may display the patient monitor of the respective simulator. By feeding the VGA signal into the AV system we can integrate any patient monitor – regardless of your available simulators or the patient monitoring applications you are using. Just as we keep developing the DSone system, future versions of our DSoneCapture software will also be enhanced by various functions which will facilitate your work even more.

Learn more at the Zyos Website today!

3D Digital Continuity is the Future of Healthcare Education

3-D Digital Continuity Is the Future of Human Health

Sim champions it won’t be long before the entire healthcare industry is surronded by 3D Animation! We already know that designing and testing devices using 3D physical simulation is a key part of developing a commercial product. Slowly we are convincing the world that simulating and testing healthcare providers will become a key part of developing a more effictive healthcare system. Imagine watching in real-time, the human patient’s case as it developed — in 3D on the wall during diagnosis. With faster computers like IBM’s Watson — its only a matter of time! Check out the use of animation from a recent Medical Device Summit:

Steve Levine reports on The Living Heart Project which enables realistic simulation. At a time when the industry is facing some of its toughest challenges, more than 200 regulators, engineers, and healthcare leaders came together in Chicago at the American Medical Device (AMD) Summit in October, to discuss the state of the medical device industry and focus on opportunities to accelerate innovation, with increased predictability and profitability. From a regulatory, patient and payer perspective, medical device business models are changing, creating an environment that has rendered sustainable innovation elusive for many medical device companies seeking to grow their top line as well as bottom line.

These shifts in the marketplace are pressuring the balancing act between corporate efficiency, time to market, and predictable patient outcomes. It has raised an essential question for the future of the medical device industry—how to restructure to remain competitive and compliant while simultaneously meeting the needs of the patient, provider, and enterprise? The healthcare industry is finding answers in an unlikely place, by turning to a resource traditionally associated with more traditional manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace.


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You Won’t Believe the Future Tech of Healthcare Education

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Chris Merritt, recently wrote an article for McKnights News on the evolution of healthcare education through modern day technologies — which should be forwarded along to simulation discomfiters, or naysayers, in your simulation program! Chris theorizes that online gaming is the future of healthcare education!

The rapid advancements in technology continuously impact our lives on a daily basis and each new week brings a critical update to our attention. This has significantly changed the ways in which we receive and process information such as current events, the daily news, industry updates, association content, medical journals and even our educational materials. You do not need to look any further than a grade-school classroom in which personal tablets have replaced pencil and paper for our youngest generation. This transformation has occurred not because it is the cheapest alternative, in fact this migration can often times be more expensive on the front-end.

We are changing our educational delivery mechanisms due to improved learner experience, retention and overall knowledge outcomes. A 2008 study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation reported that a great lecture can improve learning outcomes by 17%, while switching to a different delivery mechanism such as serious gaming can improve learning outcomes by 108%.

Many have acknowledged the explicit need for our healthcare professionals to have a safe environment in which to practice, make mistakes and increase their proficiency in the many critical decisions they make on a daily basis without putting a patient at risk. A 2015 study in The Journal of Clinical Nursing reported in 2015 that, “Finding a new platform to allow all nurses to practice difficult clinical decisions is key. A virtual immersive environment…can provide simulation for nurses to practice making such difficult decisions.”

The evidence is present that these online simulations increase learner engagement and retention while also resulting in improved patient outcomes and a positive impact on healthcare economics. One chronic disease specific online simulation called SiMCare Diabetes has published data which reports: improved glycemic control in patients with A1C >7%, a 60% reduction in the prescription of contraindicated medication and reduced cost by $71 per patient versus those professionals that did not train with the simulation.

Advances in medical education, clinical content, guidelines and standards of care now have a new and improved medium for dissemination. Online training simulations and educational games are continually updated in real-time and given the nature of the platform, content can be rapidly deployed around the globe with the click of a button.

ASPE Asia-Pacific Conference Opens at National University of Singapore

aspe 2016 singapore asia pacific standardized patients

HealthySimulation was on hand today for the opening of the Association for Standardized Patient Educators Asia-Pacific Conference which took place at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Over 100 participants from around the region and the world came together for three days to focus on the methodology and application of Standardized Patient education within healthcare programs.

Grace Gephardt Director, PULSE Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and President of ASPE opened the show and reminded participants about the online learning opportunities on the ASPE website.

The opening keynote address was provided by Professor Carol Pfeiffer PhD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine on the “History and Development of SP Methodology”. Her presentation helped to define SPs and assessment opportunities using them, described the historical history of SPs , provided a working definition of instrument validity, as well as cited several forms of evidence supporting the validity of SP training.

About ASPE

The Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) is the international organization of simulators educators dedicated to: promoting best practices in the application of SP methodology for education, assessment and research. ASPE fosters the dissemination of research and scholarship in the field of SP methodology and advances the professional knowledge and skills of its members. ASPE transforms professional performance through the power of human interaction.

Learn more by following @HealthySim, @ASPE_tweets and visiting ASPEducators.org!

SimCharacters Celebrates #WorldPrematurityDay With Launch of Paul, The World’s First High Emotion Simulator

world prematurity day

Today in Lubeck Germany, a team from NICU healthcare professionals and SimCharacters celebrated World Prematurity Day with the “birth” of Paul – The First High Emotion Preterm Simulator! This highly realistic preemie infant represents a 27 week born neonate with anatomically correct airway weighs merely 1000 grams and provides lifelike movement for an infant of its young age.

All around the globe today, people are celebrating the awareness of Premature births with the hashtag #WorldPrematurityDay and a show of support with the color purple. Even the Empire State Building has been light up in purple! Did you know that 1 in every 10 babies is born premature? Preterm birth — ie before 37 weeks of pregnancy — is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy, and intellectual delays. About 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely each year, and one million of them die before their first birthdays.

Paul was developed by neonatologist Dr. Jens Schwindt and the amazing team at SimCharacters to improve the learning outcomes of healthcare simulation champions everywhere. The manikin will be available in the United States starting at IMSH 2017 in Orlando!

About Paul

With Paul, SIMCharacters is taking the next step in the future of medical simulation. High fidelity was yesterday – the future belongs to high emotion simulation.

“Providing high quality care for a preterm baby is a uniquely complex and time-sensitive process which is extremely challenging for (PICU/NICU) inter-professional healthcare teams. Our mission at SIMCharacters is to improve the quality of care for critically ill preterm and newborn babies by advancing the realism and effectiveness of training simulators – this is why we have developed Paul.” — Dr. Jens-Christian Schwindt, Neonatologist and SimCharacters CEO

Jens and the SimCharacters team know that creating high emotion simulation requires understanding and empathy with the teams, families, and programs caring tirelessly for preterm newborns.

Share your support of #WorldPrematurityDay by downloading these printouts and

Taking a photo to #WelcomePaul to your Simulation & Healthcare Facilities today on

The new SimCharacters Twitter and Facebook accounts!

3rd Annual Asia Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Launches in Singapore

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Today 250 simulation champions from around Asia and the World came together for the 3rd annual APMSH meeting at the National University of Singapore. The event was organized by co-chairs Ms Kirsty Freeman, A/Prof Suresh Pillai, and Dr. Yasuharu Okuda, and is supported by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and platinum sponsored by Asia-based simulation distributor TellYes. HealthySimulation.com was on hand to share this wonderful event!

About APMSH

This meeting brings together simulation experts, educationists, industry professionals and product distributors under one roof at the University Cultural Centre. The theme for this year’s conference “Improving Outcomes, Building Connections”, serves to underscore the utility of simulation training in enhancing patient safety and quality improvement, thereby ensuring better patient outcomes. Concurrently, the congregation of simulation professionals will help to promote regional and international cooperation, collaboration and networking by establishing ties with simulation specialists.

From exciting Pre-Conference Courses to renowned Plenary Speakers, in-conference workshops, podium presentations, poster submissions and cutting-edge product displays, there is definitely something for both the novice as well as the discerning simulation expert. Participate and engage with presenters and Special Interest Groups on the latest in Assessment & Evaluation, Program Administration, Faculty Development, Technical Operations, Instructional Methods, Research Methodologies and Interprofessional Education. Be enthralled by the first-ever Simulation Showcase highlighting live demonstrations of different countries’ approach to simulation and be invigorated by an intense debate by simulation experts during the Simulation Debate!

Follow #APMSH2016 & @HealthySim for coverage!

Polhemus Brings Micro Sensor Motion Tracking to Healthcare Simulation

micro sensor motion tracking

Do you believe that one day we will be able to learn from masters simply by copying their hand motions in real-time VR? Polhemus has made this reality one step closer with advanced motion capturing with micro sensors. Are you building a medical simulator? Consider the benefits that Polhemus motion tracking could bring your product:

Developed for a recently released VR cardiac catheterization training simulator, Polhemus’ MicroSensor 1.8 was up to the task of tracking Julian Gray’s amazing finger work. With applications in biomechanics, rehabilitation, virtual reality and more, the MicroSensor 1.8 is extending Polhemus’ leadership in high fidelity motion tracking.

Hand and finger tracking is achieved in real time, with Polhemus Micro Sensors 1.8. Polhemus motion tracking is high fidelity and robust, tracking the quick fingers of a skilled guitarist. Tiny, lightweight sensors attach easily with custom Micro Mounts. Using our LIBERTY tracking system, the complex finger and hand motions are easily tracked at an update rate of 240 Hz per sensor, with virtually no latency, and using no cameras.

The possibilities for Polhemus motion tracking in medical simulation are clear!

Integrating Research Into Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 4

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Last month we publicly launched that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development. Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 4 of HealthySimAdmin: Building Research Programs Into Healthcare Simulation. This 2-hour recording starts with a presentation by Dr. Amar Patel of WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning — which is also the host of SimGHOSTS 2017 USA — and then finishes off with a panel session by a dynamic range of simulation program administrators who provide advice for those integrating research into their simulation programs. Thank to Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse these recorded sessions are now available for free to the public!

About Part 3 of HealthySimAdmin:

Medical Simulation is quickly becoming a leading methodology for clinical skills based education
and training. Impacting how our learners understand and apply the content is just as important as expanding our understanding of how to improve human and system processes. Groups interested in developing and funding or expanding current research into simulation will find this session led by Amar Patel MS, REMT-P, CFC extremely useful. Amar will lead our discussion highlighting the successful integration of research at the facility he manages.

Amar shares:

  • Types of research that can be conducted (scopes of projects)
  • Costs associated with conducting and managing research projects
  • Funding opportunities
  • The Return on Investment
  • What you need to know to begin (documents, education, IRB, policies & Procedures)
  • Publishing abstracts and completed research projects
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Setting up the simulation environment (is it research friendly?)

Afterwards our panel engaged in a discussion on how to build and facilitate a successful research component into your simulation program. An audience question and answer period will follow the panel discussion. Through this session we learned how to conduct, integrate, and manage research projects. Furthermore, we will highlight ways to incentivize educators to engage in successful simulation-based research projects that will promote your institution and your program.

Session Presentation Lead By:

Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
Director, Center for Innovative Learning
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Mr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and intellectual property development at the local, regional, and national level. His passion for changing how human behavior and processes impact healthcare can be seen by his involvement in patient safety and risk management teams. Prior to this position, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Mr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, Laerdal SUN, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.

While educating EMS providers all over the state, Mr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, haz-mat technician and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications to include a HAM radio operator’s license and a certified flight communicator.

Mr. Patel currently serves as the chair of two different committees: the Simulation Steering Committee at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Medical Educator’s Transport Section for the Association for Air Medical Services. He is involved in simulation based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation technology across disciplines. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and travels around the United States providing assistance in simulation center design.

Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Watch the whole HealthySimAdmin video series now here!

Inova Fairfax Simulation Center Helps Doctors Actually Practice Medicine

Inova Fairfax Helps Doctors Actually Practice Medicine

NBC Washington reports on a new program at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia is giving the term “practicing medicine” a new meaning:

The Inova Center for Advanced Medical Simulation is an effort to keep doctors, nurses and medical students engaged both with the latest in medical techniques as well as some of the more usual challenges in medicine. “It is a laboratory for our physicians and nurses, students, any health care professional to train, whether they’re new or whether they’re a seasoned clinician,” said Director Dr. Craig Cheifitz, who helped develop the center.

The center has 14 rooms, including an operating room, and state-of-the-art technology. “We do have very high tech mannequins, which have the ability to bleed – artificial blood, of course — voice files, can even change their vitals,” Cheifitz said.

Health care professionals work in teams and deal with everything from infectious diseases to head wounds to complicated births. The exercises are done in real time, and the center is frequently at capacity, Cheifitz said. It’s one of seven medical simulation centers in Virginia.“Medical education for years has been such that after you graduate, you might learn more from a textbook or a conference,” Cheifitz said.