CAE Healthcare Leads Innovation at IMSH with New Games, Eyes, and AR Technologies | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

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Furthering HealthySim’s coverage of the IMSH 2017 trade show floor, today we are sharing our exclusive interview with CAE Healthcare to learn more about their latest innovative healthcare simulation technologies including simulated eyes and augmented reality ultrasound trainer! Today we are seeing three new innovative products from CAE Healthcare: simulation-based anesthesiology training in a gaming-style online learning environment, the future of healthcare patient simulator eyes, and the first holographic computer that allows you to freely move and interact with your healthcare simulation learning environment. Watch our video interview below to see it all!

Screen-Based Anesthesiology Simulation Product Highlights

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and CAE Healthcare have agreed to co-support the design and development of an interactive/gaming-style training product which will help learners enhance their medical skills. The screen-based simulation training product is intended to assist with improving performance in the management of anesthesia emergencies. The ASA screen-based simulation product will allow flexible, asynchronous training in a self-paced, just-in-time environment. This means users may engage with simulated, online interfaces in a totally immersive, 3D setting and progress at their own pace. Imagine the benefits to training when a student, or new learner, can “enter” an operating room in virtual reality, treat a virtual patient with varied symptoms and conditions, and have that patient respond as if it were all real. There is no risk of harm to a living person. The learner can stop and start the self-paced instruction at will, and develop progressive skills mastery according to their own ability.

The possibilities for improved learning and competency acquisition are endless. Other features include:


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  • learning can take place in the comfort of the user’s own home, via their own computer
  • as learners enhance their clinical and decision-making skills, they can also see how they score in comparison to their peers
  • the product will include five (5) medical scenarios with realistic medical instruments and equipment for medical diagnostics and monitoring

See the Future of Simulation with SymEyes

The quality of the digital screen eyes was quite remarkable! Standard with CAE Healthcare’s Lucina High-Fidelity Maternal/Fetal Training simulator, you can now display even more realistic patient symptoms and conditions, including jaundice, hemorrhage, keyhole pupil, cataracts and bloodshot or droopy eyes. (Note: The flicker of the eyes was only due to the frame rate of our camera.) Our team was very impressed by the innovative thinking with these new eyes and believes they are the new standard for patient pupil display!

Augmented Reality Ultrasound Training

The expanded learning opportunities in healthcare with augmented reality are becoming increasingly clear. CAE Healthcare has reset the bar for augmented reality technology in healthcare simulation by combining Microsoft’s Hololens with their leading Vimedix Ultrasound trainer, designed to make learning more engaging and intuitive. The manikin-based system allows for the development of the psychomotor skills needed to handle ultrasound probes. The innovative software tools of Vimedix accelerate the development of the cognitive skills needed to interpret ultrasound images, make diagnoses and clinical decisions. With the Hololens addition, you can now gather your learners for a shared, immersive experience that will inform and delight. Our HoloLens-based solutions will inspire deeper understanding from the start, and awaken their imaginations to better treatments and tools to improve patient care.

Freed from its two-dimensional environment inside a monitor, our Vimedix ultrasound simulator leaps to life, displaying anatomy you can enlarge, turn, rotate or command to return into its manikin body so you can view the interrelatedness of all of its structures. Witness in real time how the ultrasound beam cuts through the human anatomy.

See all of these simulation technologies and more at the next CAE Healthcare HPSN event!


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VimedixAR from CAE Healthcare Uses Microsoft Hololens for Futuristic Ultrasound Training

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During our IMSH 2017 “favorite products” recap I shared about my first look at the Augmented Reality version of CAE Healthcare’s Vimedix Ultrasound simulator. The CAE VimedixVR ultrasound simulator leaps to life with the Microsoft HoloLens module. Freed from the limits of a two-dimensional environment inside a monitor, users can display, enlarge, turn, and rotate realistic-looking anatomical parts, or command them to return into the manikin body. Learners engage in augmented reality to view the inter-relatedness of internal structures, and witness (in real time) the ultrasound beam as it cuts through human anatomy. CAE representatives explained to me that that you can “gather your learners for a shared, immersive experience that will inform and delight as our HoloLens-based solutions will inspire deeper understanding from the start, and awaken their imaginations to better treatments and tools to improve patient care.”

This video is one of a great series you can check out on CAE Healthcare’s Vimeo page!

More from CAE about the Hololens

“We are on the cusp of a new frontier in simulation for healthcare,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, president of CAE Healthcare. “Augmented and virtual reality can accelerate learning and provide shared training experiences in a more immersive and engaging clinical learning environment. Our engineering team is just beginning to explore possibilities with the Microsoft HoloLens, and we look forward to offering it as a key training solutions technology to our industry partners.”

The CAE Healthcare team has already begun to develop training prototypes with the medical device industry that incorporate the Microsoft HoloLens and are expected to accelerate professional  education for new technologies.  With CAE Healthcare’s virtual views of human anatomy and the Microsoft HoloLens, physicians will be able to practice placing cardiac devices or implants with speed and precision before they perform procedures on real patients.

“At Microsoft our goal with HoloLens and mixed reality is to help customers visualize and interact with 3D content in ways that offer new possibilities for creation, collaboration and consumption of information,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences. “It is inspiring to see how CAE is integrating HoloLens into its healthcare simulation portfolio, and we are excited about the opportunities mixed reality presents to revolutionize the future of patient education and training through the use of holographic computing.”

The “aha” moment for me was being able to see my device insertion past the physical walls of the anatomy. Now I can see exactly what was happening outside AND inside the body at the same time! Genius!

Learn more and sign up for future updates about CAE Healthcare Hololens products here!

INACSL Offers Simulation Fellowship with Support from CAE Healthcare

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Furthering the professional development support of simulation champions around the world, the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) organization has partnered with CAE Healthcare to develop a powerful Fellowship training program!

About the Simulation Fellowship Program

This course has been co-developed by INACSL and CAE Healthcare Academy and offers global participants the opportunity to design, facilitate and debrief a Simulated Clinical Experience (SCE) using the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation for use in all areas of healthcare education.

The Fellowships are designed for new simulation educators, existing simulation educators who need additional support, and directors overseeing a simulation center. The course is experiential and interactive in nature and utilizes seminars, discussion groups, plenary sessions and “hands on” activities to deliver course content. Each Fellowship is a three-part program consisting of webinars, workshops and mentoring. Cohort will consist of no more than 30 participants and three facilitators. Facilitators are simulation experts with five or more years of experience creating and delivering effective simulation education globally.

Each Fellowship is limited to 30 participants and consists of the following elements. Registrations possible for IMSH and INACSL 2017 events covering the below:

Course Details:

  • Length of Course: 8 Months
  • Credits: 26 CEUs
  • Price: $2000 ($250 non-refundable)
Module One:
Introductory Pre-Recorded Webinar
  • Focus on the History of Simulation
  • Introduction to the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation
  • Overview of the Fellowship

Introductory Live Webinar

  • Cohort Welcome and Introduction/Experiences
  • Expectations for Fellowship
  • Overview of First Workshop Details

Educational Revolution: Two-Day Workshop

  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Implementing the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation
  • Educational design of simulation activities
  • Creation of your own educational strategy using any form of simulation pedagogy (e.g., Mannequins, SPs etc.)
Module Two: 
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  • Introduction to communication strategies
  • Overview of facilitation, debriefing and evaluation

Immersive Faculty Development

  • Pre-brief, facilitation and debrief strategies
  • Evaluation tools
  • Role-play facilitation and debriefing of your own simulation activity
  • Peer review and feedback
  • Facilitation and debriefing in challenging situations
Module Three:
Mentoring Program: Monthly online activities with designated facilitator and peers of fellowship cohort to include:
  • Professional chat room
  • Case Studies
  • Journal article review
  • Teaching strategies
  • Research methodologies
  • Peer review of facilitation/debriefing
  • Reflective Journaling

Participants are invited to a special fellowship reception to be held during the annual HPSN World and INACSL conferences.

Learn more on the CAE Healthcare website!


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CAE Healthcare Supports Development of Simulation Impact Tool with Leeds Beckett

Nurse academic works on tool to measure student learning

Nursing Times recently covered how CAE Healthacre is supporting the development of a tool that calculates the impact of a student’s simulated encounter with a patient with UK based Leeds Beckett University!

Ann Sunderland, director of clinical skills and simulation at Leeds Beckett University, has been selected to work with Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE) Healthcare to develop a tool that calculates the impact of a student’s simulated encounter with a patient.

The project, Patient Impact Scoring, will build on Ms Sunderland’s PhD research, which centers around the impact of simulation-based education on patient outcomes. CAE Healthcare’s existing system in the university’s clinical skills suite is equipped with 13 cameras, including four mobile cameras, that allows educators to assess activity. Ms Sunderland will compare the effects on patient outcomes in relation to both simulation-based and scheduled learning activities in postgraduate students.

She will then work with CAE Healthcare programming experts in the US to develop a tool for calculating a score that reflects the overall impact of the student’s encounter with a patient – either a lifelike mannequin or simulated patient – during a simulated scenario.

Ms Sunderland, a nurse by background, said: “Simulation has become firmly embedded in healthcare education over the last few decades as there is overwhelming evidence to support its effectiveness. “Simulation-based education offers targeted learning experiences where knowledge, skills and attitudes can be learned and refined within a safe and supportive environment,” she noted. “The ability to replicate specific clinical scenarios with immersive and interactive participation from learners – both individuals and teams – is a powerful tool with which to enhance technical and non-technical skills, as well as being a useful method of assessment,” she said.

Aeromedical Evacuation Crews Score Their First Flight Simulators

Aeromedical Evacuation Crews Score Their First Flight Simulators

Combining aviation and healthcare simulation into one experience? That’s the power of working with CAE Healthcare! In today’s story we share how the Air Force is combing simulation experiences for both aviation and healthcare crews:

In the back of a C-130 Hercules, a woman is giving birth. Like many other women, she is confused and nervous during the process, lashing out when a nurse touches her arm and anxiously calling out for her baby after delivering.

As lifelike as the scenario is, almost everything about the situation is fake, from the aircraft itself — actually a training system meant to replicate the fuselage of the C-130 — to the woman, a mannequin capable of blinking, speech and delivering a small mannequin baby. To the military nurses and medical technicians taking care of the clockwork woman and her newborn, this is as close to real as they can possibly get until they’re face-to-face with a human patient.

Air Force pilots typically practice their skills via ground-based fuselage trainers, as do many specialized crew positions like the C-17 loadmasters responsible for air dropping supplies. But until just recently, aeromedical personnel were forced to rely on either flight-based training or less immersive ground-based simulations where they would act out scenarios in a normal classroom, said Lt. Col. Chad Corliss, deputy commander of the 94th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.


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Is This The Most Beautiful Healthcare Simulation Center in the World?

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You’ll never guess where one of the most beautiful healthcare simulation centers in the world is located – deep in the heart of Turkmenistan! Look at this wonderful 7 story medical simulation center — a completely turnkey solution from CAE Healthcare. You won’t believe your eyes when you watch this video:

Last year CAE Healthcare announced the details of a previously disclosed record contract to provide a turnkey healthcare simulation training center in Turkmenistan to advance medical education in pre- and post-graduate medicine, nursing and paramedic education. The center is the first to offer multi-disciplinary medical simulation training in Turkmenistan.

“We are proud to have been chosen to provide the full scope of our capabilities as a healthcare training partner of choice,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, President of CAE Healthcare.  “We are delivering a comprehensive solution that includes needs analysis, planning and design of the center, a full portfolio of simulation tools as well as clinical education to train faculty and full-time technicians on site.”

The sale includes 17 CAE healthcare patient, surgical and ultrasound simulators, a fully integrated audiovisual solutions system as well as training and technical support. CAE Healthcare is also providing non-CAE simulators, medical equipment, consumable supplies and furnishings.

The new educational center is being designed and built through an agreement with Gap Insaat and the Turkmenistan Ministry of Health, with CAE Healthcare acting as subcontractor of Gap Insaat for the Ilim Bilim Merkezi simulation center. The seven-story building houses a research center on three floors and the CAE Healthcare solution on four of the floors. The hands-on training center will include simulated emergency and intensive care rooms, operating rooms, standardized patient examination rooms, nursing laboratories, wet and dry laboratories for surgical education, a debriefing area and an ambulance bay.

CAE Healthcare Shares Patient Safety Foundation Info Graphic

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CAE Healthcare covered the NPSF last week and shared this info graphic of tips to reduce patient harm established by the group:

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) issued a report which calls for ‘federal agencies to create a portfolio of national standard patient safety processes’ across the care continuum, and ‘to retire invalid measures that are not useful or meaningful.’

Here, above, are the eight recommendations from the National Patient Safety Foundation to achieve this goal. The full report, “Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human” (Boston, MA; 2015) is available online.

CAE Healthcare is a medical simulation/simulation training company with a mission to improve healthcare education and patient safety. The global leader in simulation-based healthcare training, product design and manufacture, CAE Healthcare produces patient manikins / nursing manikins; surgical simulators, ultrasound simulation trainers, and clinical simulation management solutions for customers in more than 60 countries around the world.

Read more about Patient Safety on the CAE Healthcare website


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Faulkner State Community College Provides Simulation to 500 High School Students — Demonstrating the Dangers of Texting While Driving

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An awesome healthcare simulation performance for the community, shared byCAE Healthcare. Faulkner State Community College Department of Nursing demonstrate to over 500 High School and College Students the dangers of texting while driving. Share this with friends and loved ones, and think about ways your simulation program can benefit your community!

In a dark auditorium packed with more than 1,000 high school and college students, all eyes are transfixed on an emergency room reenactment. A medical team works to resuscitate a 17-year-old who was texting while driving and has suffered multiple injuries. As the teen’s sister stands by his side and the mother wails for her son, the emergency room nurse delivers devastating news. In the final scene, the team zips the teenager into a body bag and wheels him away.

Faulkner State Community College launched its patient simulation program one year ago through its Fairhope Campus Nursing Program. In addition to teaching nursing students how to respond to traumatic auto injuries, the faculty is using simulation to try to prevent them.

The scenario was conceived by two of the college’s adjunct faculty: ER Nurse Carman Godfrey and Flight Nurse Valarie Rumbley.  “Both of them see traumatic events on a regular basis, and they had seen numerous texting while driving injuries,” said Allen-Thomas.  “It was their vision, and they had a really strong conviction about it.” The vision of FSCC is to encourage others to use simulation to reach their communities regarding the hazards of texting and driving. “Every day, I get 15 to 20 emails that say ‘thank you so much,’” Allen-Thomas says. “I know we’ve saved a life along the way.”

Have a Great Weekend Sim Champs!

CAE Healthcare Now Distributes Strategic Operations Cut Suit – IMSH Video Interview

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Today we begin to share the video interviews from the trade show floor of IMSH 2016 San Diego with a brief look at the Cut Suit by Strategic Operations now distributed by CAE Healthcare. Recently CAE announced the distribution of the Cut Suit because the product expands the portfolio to allow healthcare professionals to “practice on a patient with severe internal bleeding or organ damage from point-of-injury through transport and surgical intervention“, which you can read more about here.

A few years ago HealthySim was invited to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to watch a live Cut Suit demonstration. You can read the full review of the Cut Suit here and I have also shared the video from that day again below:

Learn more about the Strategic Operations website and CAE Healthcare website!

CAE Healthcare Announces Update to Muse Patient Simulator Software & Reminder About Upcoming HPSN in Tampa Feb

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Received this announcement regarding an update to Muse patient simulator software from CAE Healthcare which looked important enough to share with you here! Don’t forget that the Human Patient Simulator Network event is taking place next month Feb. 16th-18th in Tampa Florida.This event is for simulation champions around the world so be sure to consider attending!

Dear CAE Healthcare Customer:

We’re pleased to introduce the latest version of our patient simulator user interface, Müse 2.4, which is now available for your METIman as a free update, if you have Müse 2.0 (version 2) or above, as well as an active support and maintenance plan.

Müse 2.4 offers:

  • CPR Analysis compliant with AHA 2015 guidelines – With the addition of Chest Compression Fraction, Müse 2.4 now includes all of the AHA-recommended metrics for quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (e.g., compression depth, compression rate, chest recoil, compression fraction, ventilation volume and rate).
  • More flexibility for scenario creation – We added variants of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) cardiac rhythms, adjustable Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) and lower respiratory rate values.
  • Overrides for EtCO2, CVP and PAP – Facilitators can now override these parameters within Müse 2.4.
  • Metric and imperial units – Both unit types are now available for patient height and weight.
  • Compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Significant improvements to these languages: German, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese versions.

Update Information
If you have a patient simulator under an active service agreement and Müse version 2, your update will be free. If you are on Müse version 1 and would like to install 2.4 please contact customer service. The cost is $575 per simulator for those without an active support and maintenance plan.

We value our customer relationships, and we strive to ensure that we are delivering quality products and responding to your needs. 

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Visit CAEHealthcare.com for more info!