iSimulate Launches REALITi at IMSH 2017 – HealthySim Video Interview Series

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Launching our this year’s annual video interview series from the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare today we’re sharing our interview with iSimulate, who showcased their upcoming video recording system REALITi! There will be plenty of IMSH Trade Show floor interviews coming out over the next few weeks so stay tuned to our free simulation newsletter to catch them all!

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REALITi is a new simulation ecosystem incorporating a patient simulator and video debriefing in a single system. REALITi launches May 4th and provides live stream wireless video, integrated live voting, dynamic 12 Lead ECG, mimicked proprietary monitors and defibrillators (like ZOLL), and a system that can grow and adapt with your simulation needs. REALITi was one of HealthySim’s “Top Fav” Products of IMSH 2017 so its definitely worth checking out!

Learn more at the iSimulate REALITi webpage!

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Enhance Your Healthcare Simulation Debriefs Using Video with Vosaic Connect


Today some helpful content from our sponsor Vosaic! Debriefs are a crucial element in the medical simulation process. Harnessing video to increase learning opportunities and expand the value of debriefs is an excellent solution for many medical simulation scenarios. While many tools exist to help incorporate video analysis in the simulation process, they often involve expensive subscriptions, specialized A/V equipment and hardware, and complicated onboarding.

Vosaic, formerly Studiocode Group, launched Vosaic Connect in July, and has become an invaluable tool for many simulation centers, as it solves many of the traditional challenges of integrating video into learning situations. Vosaic Connect is a secure, cloud-based system that allows you to record video, instantly upload, and mark moments for review during debrief. This is all accomplished via an iOS app. Utilizing video means that skills can be captured, reviewed, and shared, strengthening learnings while increasing collaboration between learners and educators.


When using Vosaic Connect for debrief scenarios, users can take advantage of a wide range of features to enhance learning.

  • Annotations – Add context to marked-up moments, create new moments with attached notes, and comment on moments from other users, adding depth to debrief scenarios
  • Multi-user timelines – Different users can contribute their markup to the timeline, creating a holistic snapshot of different reactions to the same training scenario
  • Mark-ups – Tag important moments during simulation or after, and then review and analyze them during debrief
  • Instant Upload – Capture video using our iOS app for instant upload or any other A/V equipment to pre-record video and upload later
  • Customization – Create your own markup forms with buttons to address your specific debrief needs

Simplified Technology

Solutions Using iPad and iPhone apps, Vosaic Connect removes traditional barriers to video utilization in simulation training. By functioning as the sole video capture solution, Vosaic Connect is a low-cost solution.

A Suite of Products

Vosaic Connect is the newest product from Vosaic, which has gained a name in the video analysis industry with its flagship product, Studiocode. Studiocode, in tandem with Vosaic iCoda, provide customizable, in-depth video analysis. Studiocode offers features for those looking for a more robust analysis solution.

Low Cost of Entry

Vosaic Connect offers a variety of plans that fit every level of user needs. You’ll even start with a 14-day free trial that will grant access to up to five users and 20 hours of video content. Vosaic Connect is simple to use, meaning a two-week trial allows you to explore how it can make a difference in your simulation exercises. A Product Always in Motion Vosaic Connect is built on user needs and experience. That means that new features are constantly being added, tested, and rolled out, based on feedback from current users. Vosaic wants to provide users with constant insight into that process on the Vosaic Blog.

Incorporating Vosaic Connect into training and medical simulation scenarios will enhance skills training for learners and educators.

Get started with your 14-day free trial by Visiting Vosaic’s Website Today!

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

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Earlier this year 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!

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Syndaver Showcases Synthetic Cadaver and EMS SimulationIQ Partnership at IMSH 2016

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In this video interview from the IMSH 2016 exhibit hall, we learn more about a new partnership between Syndaver and EMS SimulationIQ to increase the learning opportunities for those that are educating healthcare learners with synthetic cadavers. Watch this exclusive video interview from the trade show floor to learn more about Syndaver’s Anatomy Model and this new A/V recording / statistics capturing partnership with EMS SimulationIQ:

About the New Partnership:

During the three-day conference the two companies will demonstrate what they believe to be the most medically accurate and comprehensive medical training simulation system built to date. This system will utilize a combination of SynDaver’s flagship Synthetic Patient model and EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ operating platform.

The SynDaver Synthetic Human is the most life-like synthetic human mannequin ever created, while EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ platform provides software and equipment that drives the entire simulation process and provides feedback, debriefings and audio and visual playbacks.

“We are excited to form this partnership with SynDaver Labs,” said Anurag Singh, CEO of EMS. “By integrating with these mannequins, SIMULATIONiQ customers are able to analyze and assess data over time, enabling our customers to better track the progression of learning.”

By forming this partnership, SynDaver Labs and EMS hope to establish a new standard for medical simulation training systems and better prepare students in the healthcare industry for real-world medical emergencies and patient-care protocols.

“We are constantly looking for ways to provide better products to our clients, and this new partnership with EMS will allow us to do exactly that,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, President and founder of SynDaver Labs. “We are thrilled to begin demonstrating the SIMULATIONiQ platform in conjunction with our Synthetic Human at IMSH, and know this is a step in the right direction for the medical education industry as a whole.”

Learn more about Syndaver and EMS SimulationIQ!

Level 3 Healthcare Highlights Debriefing System SIMStation at IMSH 2016 – Video Interview

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At IMSH 2016 was on hand to interview exhibitors to learn about innovative products and services in medical simulation. Today we continue our coverage with an interview with Level 3 Healthcare, experienced medical simulation program A/V integrators who are also distributing the Austraian-based SIMStation system. Learn more through our short interview below:

About Level 3 Healthcare

Level 3 Healthcare is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of integrating current audiovisual technology to medical work spaces, clinical training centers and simulation labs. Level 3 Healthcare provides advanced multimedia solutions in OR’s, ER’s, ED’s and medical education centers. This healthcare engineering group has pioneered designs in large anatomy labs, dental training facilities, telehealth initiatives, live HD video distribution, 3-D surgical theaters, recording, archiving, content management and video media retrieval systems.

Level 3 Healthcare’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system, curriculum or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their needs and curriculum and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow and learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3-D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and telemedicine video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

About the SIMStation System

SIMStation is the most advanced high-end solution for video supported in situ simulation. SIMStation facilitates high-end simulations and debriefings of a quality previously only achievable in complex, stationary simulation centers. Plug ‘n’ simulate! The SIMStation in situ system is pre-engineered and already configured with all necessary hardware and software upon delivery. We have designed the system so that even people without specific technical know-how are able to assemble and operate it. Assembly of the system is very straightforward: one merely needs to connect each component and room to a single network cable. The entire assembly time takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on location and circumstances.

  • Training Room: 3 HD-quality cameras, 5 wireless microphones plus 1 ambient microphone Patient monitor capturing Control Room Voice-of-God, Voice-to-Trainer Full HD recording in 1080p, labelling of important scenes and checklists
  • Debriefing Room “Debriefing deluxe” with mobile HD projector and SIMStation
  • Tablet Live transmission of scenario in debriefing room

Learn more about Level 3 Healthcare and SIMStation!

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Video Enhances Nursing & Interprofessional Healthcare Education

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Freelance writer Marcia Frellick recently shared this article on entitled “Video enhances interprofessional education”, and in an age where an estimated 400,000 patient deaths occur to due to medical error in the United States alone each year — we need every tool possible to help improve the educational process. Simulation obviously plays a huge role with professional healthcare education, and the importance of utilizing video recordings should never been undermined. Frellick shares that using the video systems, learners reflected on their own performance and realized “I need to speak up” and “I need to find my voice.” Article Excerpt

Interprofessional training has gained prominence in the RN-to-BSN program at Drexel University in Philadelphia with a 10-week program launched in fall 2015 focusing on patient safety. Nurses watch video scenarios with actors including anesthesiologists, surgeons and other care providers from several disciplines, and use online simulation to respond as a nurse in a specific emergency.

Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, provides an example from the course: A patient arrives for a routine procedure. A nurse is working with an anesthesiologist who can’t access the airway but brushes aside the nurse’s concerns that the patient has been hypoxic for too long. The nurse sees the anesthesiologist is not following protocol. The nurse must use the TeamSTEPPS model — a system developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that encourages open communication and calling out procedure violations.

Nurses in the class videotape themselves and submit their responses. Members comment as a group and rate the responses. “A problem with claims and suits against nurses is failure to act,” Donnelly said. “This program raises the nurse’s level of awareness of her obligation to speak up. Your license is on the line.”

Video is the Future

Consider that the costs associated with a/v recording and video performance analysis will continue to decrease as the technology continues to improve. Mix that with research that proves that video recording increases provider performance and the future of healthcare starts to become more clear. Read our post about the JAMA research which showed a 31% increase in surgical performance with video recording. More on this important topic shortly!

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Washington Post Highlights B-Line Medical & President Hartley Thompson


A fantastic behind-the-scenes look at the leadership behind B-Line Medical, one of the world’s most innovative groups behind medical simulation recording technologies, by Thomas Heath of The Washington Post. This insider look reveals the challenges and successes that have defined the company, from startup to now over 70 employees worldwide.

Having met many of the team from B-Line Medical I can attest that they are innovative people dedicated to improving learning outcomes at simulation centers around the world. had the opportunity to interview B-Line Medical Co-Founder Chafic Kazoun about the latest innovations unveiled at IMSH 2016 — and as I am every year — I left impressed! Stay tuned for more but in the mean time check out this great article:

“Thompson grew up in the Bahamas, in Freeport. His easygoing nature belies his ambition. His parents pushed him early on to learn the importance of money and entre­pre­neur­ship. His father has started various businesses. His mother owns an event-planning company. “My dad really pushed me and my brothers to go out and make your own money,” he said. “At 8 years old, we started a window-washing and car-washing business.”

“I fell in love with just providing a service to somebody and a product and actually getting paid for it,” he said. He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on scholarship, graduating with a degree in management information systems.

Thompson joined B-Line Medical in 2007 as employee No. 12. The company was 18 months old. He found the job on “We were not making money when I got here,” he said. “Like any start-up, we were having lean days. Some bills didn’t get paid.”

Thompson’s plan was to get experience, then start his own company in a few years. But he loved B-Line. “I just showed a passion for the business and a hunger to take on more responsibility and keep learning,” said Thompson, who has a master’s degree in information management from the University of Maryland. B-Line’s breakthrough came when its technology was purchased by Washington University in St. Louis and by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

“When we landed those two, things started snowballing,” Thompson said.”

Read the full article on The Washington Post website

Forecast 2016 for Google Glass in Healthcare From Dr. Schijven

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Innovative Professor Dr. Schijven, Professor of Surgery and Chair of Simulation and Serious Gaming at the University of Amsterdam, shares in this LinkedIn post about the healthcare forecast for Google Glass in 2016! Having been an early adopter of Google Glass in 2013, and one of the pioneers of the device in surgery, Dr. Schijven is a great source of information for those simulation champions exploring the potential of this new technology.

From Dr. Schijven:

“So what can we expect in 2016 for Glass? This Edition of Google Glass seems particularly designed to help us medics in the workplace. The new, rebooted version has a more robust build, a larger glass prism, a faster Intel Atom processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi for more bandwidth-intensive tasks such as video streaming, and a more rugged and waterproof design. Additionally, it and has a hinge that allows it to fold and is built to withstand bumps and bruises.

The power button has been moved from its awkward location on the inside to the back of the device, and the front light comes on when the camera is being used. The device is waterproof and closed-off. And do I see a CE-marking printed on the temple? Now there are concerns too. Unfortunately, the camera remains to be placed at the upper outer of the bow next to the prism. For surgeons this is a problem indeed. As surgeons tend to focus on the procedure itself – they are unlikely to focus on ‘shooting the optimal footage’ for educational or colleagues opinion. Unless the new design is augmented with an angled prism aiming at focus point of the eyes, video footage will be out of center point of the viewing angle. Futhermore, the balance of the device is puzzeling me.

Aside from the upgrades in this Edition, for me it is the next logical step reminding us that professional applications for the device are continuously being built and refined by Google’s official Glass at Work partners -many of them particularly focusing on the healthcare market.”

There have been recent rumors of a Google Glass Enterprise or “work edition” but nothing concrete just yet.

Read the whole post by Dr.Schijven on LinkedIn!

Alldattia Provides A/V Systems to Brazilian Sim Centers



Are you looking for Simulation Design services in Brazil or South America? Alldattia assists in the specification, design and installation of audiovisual corporate environments, specializing in medical simulation suites. Since 2005, they have provided hospital and surgical environments with system additions including medical devices with audio capabilities, Video, IT and Telecommunications. Systems designed by Alldattia are already running in more than 30 installations.

Recently they shared some of the lesssons learned from installing A/V systems in medical simulation spaces (some translation errors may exist):

“But a new technology was put in the market and in 2009 we started to install Realistic Medical Simulation environments. At first, we did exactly what was on the books and we immediately understood that who wrote those books knew a lot about simulation but nothing about audio and video. We’ve installed seven simulation environments for one particular client and it worked fine, but could be better. After some training, the instructors was able to operate a 50 knobs audio mixer with very little trouble. Most of the times they was not quick enough to adjust audio levels, or to eliminate audio feedback. You can imagine the mess that fifty knobs and other dozen of buttons that look all the same can do during an emergency situation. Lots of audio feedback, lots of too much volume, too low volume, and lots of complaints.

We attended Congresses, intensively interacted with globally recognized experts on medical simulation, manufacturers of simulation systems, manufacturers of medical devices, and several other experts that could contribute with us to develop better and simpler systems for the medical learning environment. We still do it. It’s a continuously learning, researching and developing. Intuitive (one button) System – UNIT (Tiradentes University, Aracaju, Brazil) Intuitive (one button) System – UNIT (Tiradentes University, Aracaju, Brazil) Back to the design desk, we started to develop what we called “the one only button system”. It’s basically a bunch of electronics that sit on hidden places where the user can’t touch or barely see. We try to hide everything that does not need to be visible. The only things that we still can’t hide are set in the top of the desk. And it has one only button (press and release). That’s it. And we never had another complaint.

The basic idea is to let the instructor to focus on medical things and completely forget about electronic devices. He or she already have too much to concentrate when operating the medical and simulation devices and scenarios. The intuitive system that we built does not need any training. Of course that one or another customization is necessary from one client to another, but it’s expected. Some clients need special features and we like it a lot. We learn with our client needs. There is one important thing that we learned, and this might be the most important.

Besides learning from clients, we need to teach and educate them before start talking about electronics. It’s necessary to listen a lot, design solutions and, sometimes, to explain why that ‘simple’ thing that is being requested should not be implemented. It’s important to put expectations to a certain level that we can accomplish.”

Learn more at the Alldattia Website today!

CAE Healthcare Increases Simulation Support With Upcoming Free Webinars

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Recently I learned that CAE Healthcare has partnered with INACSL and provided webinar overviewing a new educational opportunity in the form of a Healthcare Simulation Fellowship co-developed by both groups. The fellowship is designed for new simulation educators, existing simulation educators who need additional support, and directors overseeing a simulation center and offers participants the opportunity to design, facilitate and debrief a Simulated Clinical Experience (SCE) using the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM for use in all areas of healthcare education. While that first webinar has passed I assume there will be more in the near future. In the meantime, check out these other great webinar opportunities from CAE Healthcare regarding their A/V systems:

About the Series:

Have you wondered if CAE Healthcare LearningSpace, Replay or Vïvo would be right for your simulation programs? We are pleased to offer introductory webinars on three products followed by open Q & A sessions. The webinars are free with no obligation to purchase. Please note: All webinars will be in English only. All times are EDT (GMT-4:00).

CAE Vïvo for METIman – October 21, 2015 

Join our free webinar on October 21st to learn why simulation users are joining the Vïvo revolution. Vïvo is a user-friendly platform that allows you to operate METIman within minutes of picking up the tablet. With Vïvo, you have complete control over your patient and his physiology.

CAE LearningSpace – October 22 & 28, 2015 

Join CAE Healthcare and audiovisual solutions gurus, Jake Halbert and Michelle Castleberry, in this free webinar event. LearningSpace is CAE Healthcare’s comprehensive audiovisual and center management system. Designed to connect your simulation-based learning environment with the leading management and performance assessment tools for healthcare education, LearningSpace integrates with most simulators (including Laerdal and Gaumard), skills trainers and Standardized Patient programs to help manage all aspects of healthcare learning.

You’ll learn about:

  • Why to choose LearningSpace over other systems
  • Recording and Debriefing capabilities
  • Evaluation and Reporting features
  • Scheduling, Room Booking, and Resource Management functionality
  • The different hardware configurations designed to fit your simulation center

CAE Replay – October 29, 2015

Join CAE Healthcare and audiovisual solutions guru, Matt Wittman, in a free webinar event focused on exploring the many benefits and uses of the CAE Replay AV recording and playback system for getting the most out of medical simulation debriefing sessions.

Replay’s always-on option ensures every action gets recorded and structures all visual and audio content into easily accessible “chapters” for simple replay and review. Replay stores audio, video, patient data and real-time annotations, allowing users to return to any part of a past session or simulation event to review it in part or in its entirety, however many times they wish.

You’ll learn about:

  • How to implement Replay
  • Replay’s stunning HD audiovisual and back-end hardware
  • Advanced Google search features & cloud-based backups
  • Scalability (from 2 up to 200 cameras)
  • Simple installation and easy operation

Register for these Free CAE Healthcare Webinars Here