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

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySimulation.com 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.

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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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SIMStation Provides Cutting Edge Video Recording Debriefing Systems to EU


I have recently been made aware of SIMStation, an Austria-based company providing medical simulation A/V recording and debriefing hardware & software that’s already creating a lot of buzz in the European Union. Having watched their video I can attest to the claimed simplicity of their GUI (Generated User Interface) which looks simple to operate and manipulate. SIMStation will be at ASPIH 2014 in the UK later this year so if you are in the EU, that will be the best place to check out this new emerging company and product. I love how the system captures direct wireless microphone audio from participants which should produce better sound results, and I am always a fan of anything that shoots, captures, displays and records quickly in HD! Their products are in numerous centers around the EU and they have plans to expand into the United States in the near future.

About the Company

With the professional background of 20 years international expertise in the media software and media technology field, SIMStation was founded in 2011. With the support of currently 17 employees, we design and develop innovative audio-video debriefing systems, and we are providing consultant services in planning and implementation of technical facilities for medical simulation centers. As technicians and enthusiasts for medical simulations we see it as our task to set a new standard in the area of audio-video-debriefing with our mobile and fixed facilities.

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SIMStation is Mobile:

More and more frequently, in-situ simulation trainings are being conducted in the familiar work environment, e.g. a hospital´s intensive care unit or emergency room rather than in a special simulation center.The SIMStation system can be used both in a mobile or stationary capacity. Thanks to a lightweight aluminum design and to carefully selected components that are as compact and space-saving as possible, the SIMStation system fits in any car and can be effortlessly set up within a few minutes directly at the training location.

Video Recording in HD-Quality

Although it is compact and portable, the system shows no loss in quality when compared to stationary systems – quite the opposite: SIMStation offers four individual video channels in HD-quality! Video signals can be optionally displayed during recording or debriefing in quad split screen view or HD full screen. As Application Development Partner of AXIS, the global market leader in network video, we have access to the best and most reliable video recording technology and are able to integrate this in our systems.

Outstanding Audio Quality

We believe that optimal clarity of the spoken word is a particularly relevant factor which is not sufficiently considered in many debriefing systems in use. In order to optimally identify ‚human factors‘ in particular, i.e. strengths and weaknesses in communication and team coordination, the excellent transmission and recording of each spoken word is essential. The SIMStation comes equipped with professional wireless microphones used in stage technology which allows for individual and synchronous recording and transmission of communication of up to six training participants.

SIMStation Recording Software

The SIMStation recording software with touchscreen interface handles audiovisual recording and at the same time offers trainers the option of inserting easy and precise marks and notes during training simulation. The exact timing of important events such as the administration of drugs, intubation or cardiac massage can be stored via preconfigured icons just as notes on good or bad communication or coordination may be saved.

SIMStation Debriefing Tablet

It is important to create a discreet and personal environment during debriefing, letting technology fade into the background. Debriefing may take place in a room in the immediate vicinity of the training room. With this in mind, SIMStation offers a compact and mobile debriefing unit, controlled by tablet. During debriefing, the trainer only needs the SIMStation Tablet with which individual scenes marked or annotated during training can be played back on an HD- television set or projector.

SIMStation Live Player

The compact SIMStation LivePlayer System allows you to transmit sounds and images of any training live to several rooms.

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Download the SIMStation PDF Product Sheet Here to learn more and then visit the SIMStation Website!

Voice Changer Solutions for Your Medical Simulation Lab

Did you know you can quickly and dramatically increase realism to your medical simulation program through the addition of a voice-changer? Consider the benefits of transforming the sound of a facilitator’s voice into the age and gender of the patient they are simulating.

Imagine creating a more realistic patient presentation for your medical simulation learners by changing an adult male clinical instructor’s voice into that of a child’s for your pediatrics cases, or even morphing a female educator’s voice into that of an elderly adult male patient for your geriatrics cases!

I have done several hours of research and testing to find the best software and hardware based voice changing solutions for your medical simulation labs.  Read on to learn more… Read the rest of this entry »

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10 Myths About Technology

Hi all!

Saw this great article on cnet about some key myths about technology and wanted to share with Sim Champs like yourself!

Here’s a little snippet:

Turning a computer on and off regularly is bad for it

Another myth I heard when I canvassed my social networks was that a computer can be damaged over time by being regularly turned on and off.

In fact, said the Geek Squad’s Matos, it’s specifically recommended that you do power your machine off on a daily basis, for example at the end of each work day.

According to Matos, “Every computer needs its rest time,” in part to be sure that if you’re away from it and there are power fluctuations or surges, it isn’t damaged by them.

As well, he said, it’s recommended that if you’re going to be away from your computer for small periods of time, you let it go to sleep while you’re gone. But in any case, he said, a regular on/off pattern is definitely good for the computer, not bad.

Read more at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20026047-52.html

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B-Line Medical Product Review

*Update 4/3/13* – B-Line Medical’s A/V systems have gone through extensive modification since the time this article was written, and so parts of this article are now less relevant then 2 years ago. 

B-Line provides A/V management solutions for healthcare education facilities specializing in technology based educational encounters, including standardized patients and high-fidelity simulations.

The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV) has been a client of B-Line’s since August of 2009. Currently CSCLV uses “SimCapture”, “SimBridge” and “Clinical Skills” to manage their A/V hardware.

B-Line has several software packages for managing A/V systems at healthcare simulation labs and centers.  “Clinical Skills” is B-Line’s first product designed to manage a hall of Standardized Patient (SP) encounters. “Sim Capture” is B-Line’s program specifically designed for high-fidelity simulation labs.  “Sim Bridge” is B-Line’s scheduling and overall room management system, designed for centers with multiple “Sim Capture” units.

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