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.

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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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INACSL 2011 Wrap Up

Hey Sim Champs!

Before hitting INACSL 2011 I spent a few days in Key Largo diving 100 feet down to see some shipwrecks.  I also saw my first shark, which was a NURSE shark…. pretty fitting if you ask me!

INACSL 2011 Orlando Trip

Here’s some of the great tips I learned from other members at INACSL 2011!

  1. Pam Jeffries opened the INACSL Conference with a Keynote speech about the process that lead to the creation of the NLN sponsored framework.  Her book Simulation in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation is a must have for any healthcare simulation library.  She said the framework had been successful in the past 5 years to help foster research in simulation.
  2. Carol Okupniak from Drexel University provided an excellent session on her sim lab’s scheduling process.  She has created pdf document forms that require faculty to completely explicate all necessary details for scheduled simulations.  She graciously provided her slides which are available here, and I will update this post next week with her forms for us to download!
  3. Ronnie Stout, Simulation Center Director from UTEP, had an amazing tip to print out and hang up pictures of medical equipment your center can not yet afford.  This will help bolster the visual surroundings of your developing simulation labs!  Just google whatever pump your faculty is interested and print out the picture!
  4. Brian Russell, Senior Associate for Ayers Saint Gross Architects showed us how UNITY 3D, a free-to-use 3d animation software platform similar to Second Life, can be used to create immersive models of simulation labs.  This seemed like a cheap way to create three dimensional representations of new lab designs for administrators to virtually walk through! Furthermore, your program could perform virtual based simulations with your learners!  Brian said feel free to email him if you want to learn more!
  5. I took part in a fantastic evening moulage workshop put on by Drexel University sponsored by PocketNurse.com!  Click that link to watch the video and get the slides!
  6. I learned that we MUST keep our HARVEY manikin on a hard flat surface.  Having the base on a soft surface can make Harvey’s wooden base warp which would alter the magnetic contacts.

Hope you had a great conference!