Upcoming June 29th Webinar for Healthcare IT Professionals: Supporting Innovation Through Healthcare Simulation Technologies

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Share this learning invitation with your institution’s IT department and training leadership to help them better understand the opportunities and challenges of innovative healthcare simulation technologies.

This SimGHOSTS supported webinar is being hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) entitled “Healthcare Simulation Technologies: Secrets Behind These Innovative Tools for Training”. This HIMSS Innovation Community Event is being presented by SimGHOSTS President Dr. Scott Crawford.

When: June 29, 2016 | 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm ET

What: Join the HIMSS Innovation Community as Dr. Scott Crawford, President of SimGHOSTS, as he presents how healthcare simulation based technologies increase training and patient safety outcomes. Dr. Crawford will provide an overview of challenges and focus on how one medical program integrated simulation based healthcare technologies to fill in training gaps. Do you want to be part of the conversation?

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Is your institution utilizing or considering an investment in healthcare simulation based technologies to increase training and patient safety outcomes? This innovative technology is quickly becoming the defacto training methodology for healthcare systems around the world — but has a variety of challenges that must be overcome. In this one hour webinar we will focus on the how one medical program integrated simulation based technologies to fill in training gaps.

The webinar will be provided by Dr. Scott Crawford, EM Physician at the University Medical Center, Instructor at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso campus, and President of the international non-profit organization SimGHOSTS.org.

This webinar event will answer these key questions:

  • How is simulation technology innovative?
  • What challenges did this organization face that prompted the development of a simulation program?
  • How has the use of innovative simulation technologies addressed those challenges?
  • How can this technology improve healthcare outcomes?
  • What challenges might you face with the integration of this technology?
  • What should your program consider when adopting these new innovations?
  • What resources are available to help your program build and maintain this program (including staff training)?

The HIMSS Innovation Community leverages innovation to reach, educate, diagnose, treat, prevent and research through options not formerly available and promote the hot topics in innovation via monthly webinars. For questions about the community, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Register for this Free Webinar on the HIMSS Innovation Community Page!

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MEdsim Magazine Becomes Medical Training Magazine


A big announcement today from MEdSim Magazine, that they are changing their name and expanding their focus to “Medical Training: Improving Performance, Improving Outcomes”. In the 1st edition of the 2016 series, Publisher Andy Smith shares this editorial letter regarding the reasons behind the change, which I encourage you to read in its entirety as it reflects some of the major problems our community faces, and a few ideas on how we can move forward.

One of the reasons Medical Training Magazine is such an important resource is because their parent company, Halldale Media, is the leader in aviation and military training resources — and have a powerful mission to expand those industry’s success stories into healthcare. This does, however, mean that HealthySimulation.com has returned to be the sole independent news source specifically dedicated to medical simulation news and information. Sign up for our free medical simulation newsletter to stay informed with the latest healthcare simulation news.

You can start a subscription, and read the latest content at the
Medical Training Magazine on the Halldale Media Website.

From MEdSim to Medical Training Magazine:

From its inception MEdSim has always been about education and more specifically training than simulation per se.

To quote three healthcare leaders: – “its not the simulation, it’s the curriculum.” – ‘‘don’t talk to me about simulation talk to me about how you will help me improve my outcomes.” – “medicine has changed beyond measure in the last 50 years, yet the way we teach and train has hardly altered.”

By referring to simulation alone we put ourselves in a narrow, small box with a limited if evangelical following. For this reason we will be renaming the magazine from MEdSim to Medical Training from the next issue, using the byline Improving Performance, Improving Outcomes.

In an industry of perhaps 6 million people in the US alone, the leading Simulation societies have memberships of about 3000 and 1500 people. Those numbers are creditable but are they sufficient to impact an industry of this size and complexity?

It is doubtful that they can achieve the change patients demand, hospitals need and we, as the healthcare simulation and training industry, require if we are to achieve our twin and compatible aims of helping solve healthcare’s significant problems while building a decent business.

Whilst we at Halldale/MEdSim/MTM have been evangelizing on behalf of simulation in multiple industries for the past 30 years we recognize that it is indeed ‘not about the simulation.’ Though we all need to continue to evangelize because we know that the use of simulation in a well structured training curriculum dramatically improves personal, team and business performance! In the case of healthcare better training means better patient care.

The decision to make this name change to Medical Training was made over the summer and it was not made lightly, changing a brand is never easy and there will be some who prefer the old title, though we feel that many more will respond to the new one.

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Use of Sensors and Simulation Technology to Quantify Clinical Palpation


Found this recently posted video on youtube entitled “Use of Sensors and Simulation Technology to Quantify Clinical Palpation” which was presented by Dr. Carla Pugh, M.D., Ph.D during the 2012 Scientific Sympoisum and Technology Showcase put on by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). This video demonstrates how new technologies can improve healthcare education and training in a variety of disciplines:

Learn more at the NIBIB website!

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Pulse Research & Development Shares How They Helped One Inventor Train the World

A recent LinkedIn article by Donna Eldridge (shared with permission) from Pulse Research & Development shares a fascinating journey of invention!

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“It was my arm standing in as the C-arm, my cell phone as the fluoroscope, an iPad and a block of silicone… that was our first training model.”

Jerry Long, Director of International Marketing at Boston Scientific had a challenge; “How could we as a company and as an industry impact the number of endourology procedures globally and especially in emerging markets?”

With the Society of Endourology, Jerry and his team convened thought leaders in urology to find some possible solutions. They were well aware that the three barriers would be: Training, Capital Equipment, and Reimbursement – which is especially tricky in some regions. The group decided to focus their efforts on training. They saw training as the activity most likely to launch – and predicted it as the most direct strategy to get physicians to do more procedures.

Supported by BSCI leadership, The Stone Institute was established to develop an integrated training program that could be taken around the world.

Like most new endeavors they began with limited resources to see if their idea was workable and eventually scalable. Would they be able to attract physicians? Could it be replicated internationally? How would it affect surgeon perspectives for treatment? And would the program find support with partners in the field?

The objective was to create a consistent high-quality training program combining didactic and hands-on instruction to improve key surgical & procedural skills advancing the level of expertise for Stone Disease globally.

The expectation was to grow the volume of procedures performed worldwide with the overall intention of improving patient health.

At the completion of the initial training programs, evaluating the first participant feedback, and with Jerry’s arm quickly wearing out, the team began planning improvements for the next round of training. A second-generation training model involved hacksawing off the back of an old office chair to get the required ‘C-shape’ for the C-arm and creating a rough SLA or 3D printed kidney. Additional training programs garnered more and better feedback on both the classroom training and the hands-on surgical lab.

The next stop was the Boston Scientific model shop where the first of many portable, radiation free, C-arm designs was crafted and operable calyceal molds were cast.

More training, more feedback, and required improvements were made.

They now had enough information to have Pulse Research + Development create & produce in quantity, beautiful & branded 8th generation models: realistic mini C-arms and surgical practice kidney calyces that provided a very real-life surgical experience, designed to be totally congruent with The Stone Institute.

In the 18 months since The Stone Institute was established, 630 physicians have been trained globally in the surgical skills for flexible ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL).

  • The innovative lab design has enabled a realistic and radiation-free environment for practicing surgical techniques
  • The novel clear silicon kidney model offers true-to-life needle puncture pressure and feeling
  • And the custom camera and software replicates fluoroscopy images on a screen
  • At each selected training site a core faculty member has been paired with a ‘local’ faculty member for training delivered at a hospital or conference center. The pairing integrates each program culturally, raising visibility and building trust.

The Results:

  • Post program surveys have found that surgeons doubled their confidence level in the key skills
  • Procedure volumes have increased overall, achieving the goal of improving patient health

Using direct and specific surgeon feedback The Stone Institute has been able to create the most captivating & compelling, practical & portable, striking & memorable experience possible. In addition to sites like South Africa, Brazil, Poland, Dubai, China, and Singapore – ongoing programs will continue to be offered around the globe.

“It’s scary to go out to the customer with something ugly or something that you don’t know is going to work. But it is wonderful to engage physicians in a way that gets them to jump on board and partner with you. The physicians every step of the way have been enthusiastic critics to improve the overall experience for the next group of trainees.” – Jerry Long, The Stone Institute

Visit PulseRnD.com for more!

Innovation in Healthcare Showcase Event Washington D.C. April 23-24 Includes Serious Games Contest

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Managing Member of Clinical Playground Eric B. Bauman, PhD, RN, Paramedic, wrote in to share about an upcoming Serious Games Showcase during an upcoming Innovation in Healthcare event being hosted in Washington D.C at the Keck Center on April 23rd & 24th. There is also an innovation contest:

Hi Lance – We are holding a Serious Games and Virtual Environments Arcade as part of a Free Workshop on Innovation in Healthcare Clinical Education on April 23rd. There is an associated contest with a 1st place and runner up in Innovation. The winner will be invited to give a short presentation at the Institute of Medicine Workshop on the morning of April 24th. 

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine will plan and conduct a two day public workshop to explore recent shifts in the health and health care industry and their implications for health professional education and workforce learning.  The workshop will likely explore such topics as:

• Opportunities for new platforms of communication and learning.
• Continuous education of the health workforce.
• Global health professional education, training, and practice and the role of culture in perceptions and approaches to health and disease.
• Opportunities for team-based care and other types of collaborations.
• Social accountability of the health professions.

These issues will be examined in a 2 day public workshop that will be planned and organized by an ad hoc committee of the IOM. The committee will develop a workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. Following the workshop, an individually authored summary of the event will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required and is not yet available. This workshop will also be webcast.

Join them in person or online by learning more at the Institute of Medicine Website

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Tore Laerdal TEDx Talk “Collaboration Breeds Innovation”

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Tore Laerdal, Chairman of Laerdal Medical gave this TEDx talk last year in Stavanger on how “Collaboration Breeds Innovation” and opened his presentation by sharing how his life was saved by his father at the age of two after he drowned in a lake. As a plastics toy manufacturer, Tore believes this personal experience of life-saving motivated his father Åsmund S. Lærdal to create the resusci-anne, the worlds leading CPR training manikin which has estimated to save more than 2,000,000 lives. Watch this inspiring presentation to see why Collaboration does indeed breed innovation.

From TEDx:

Tore Laerdal is Chairman of Laerdal Medical, a Norwegian family owned company that since modern lifesaving techniques were developed in 1960, has been a leading supplier of training material and therapeutic equipment for acute medicine.

Tore Laerdal is also Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine. The Foundation has earmarked significant funding for practically oriented MDG 4 and MDG 5 research projects. In recent years, Mr Laerdal has turned his full focus to global health challenges, and established Laerdal Global Health, a not for profit company with the sole purpose of providing highly affordable and culturally sensitive training and therapeutic solutions to help reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low resource settings. For this purpose Laerdal Global Health has partnered with USAID, NIH, Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in the Helping Babies Breathe alliance and the Survive & Thrive alliance. Furthermore, Laerdal Global Health has established the Day of Birth Alliance with Jhpiego and the Center for Bioengineering, Innovation and Design at the Johns Hopkins University. Mr Laerdal serves as Chairman of the Board of two external research foundations in Norway. He holds an MSc degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and has received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University in Hertfordshire in the UK. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Mama Natalie

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Tore concluded his talk speaking about his own “aha” moments when he visited Africa and learned of the thousands of preventable newborn deaths taking place there — to which lead to the development of the Mama Natalie. An extremely affordable birthing simulator, the device is now used throughout the world to train healthcare teams for the birthing scenario in low resource environments.

MamaNatalie birthing simulator that comes with NeoNatalie helps you create realistic training scenarios easily. It has been designed to facilitate an engaging role play that will make the learning sessions memorable and efficient. MamaNatalie is a birthing simulator that makes it easy to create very compelling simulations of complex or normal birthing scenarios. It is strapped onto the operator, who takes the role of the mother, and manually controls the training scenario and the following features:

  • Bleeding Positioning and delivery of the baby
  • Delivery of placenta
  • Fetal heart sounds
  • Cervix landmark
  • Urine bladder cathetherization
  • Uterine massage
  • Uterine compression

Purchase provides donation: For each MamaNatalie purchased through Laerdal Medical, an additional MamaNatalie is being donated to low-resource countries through Laerdal Global Health and the Helping Mothers Survive initiative!

Learn more about the history of Laerdal here, the Mama Natalie here, and then watch more great TEDx events here.

B-Line Medical “DIY Sim Lab Project” Video Contest Highlights Innovation for SimGHOSTS Australia

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Ten SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia participants have submitted “DIY Projects” that increased lab efficiency or realism to the B-Line Medical Video Contest. You can visit the contest page and watch all the submitted DIY projects so that you too can learn how to increase realism and efficiency in your medical simulation program. Up to $1000 in prizes are being offered this year, including an iPad Air and GoPro 3, to be given away by B-Line Medical’s Sandy Yin — who had this to say about Sim Techs and SimGHOSTS:

“Simulation Technicians are the backbone of any program, from troubleshooting simulator equipment to maintaining networks and fielding interesting end user requests. But when sim techs do their jobs well, they’re invisible! We see you, sim techs of the world. We see you even when you’re under a pile of cables, or covered in fake blood.” – Sandy Yin, Marketing Strategist @ B-Line Medical

Videos will not be judged on production quality as much as ability to demonstrate and teach others how they can duplicate these DIY project in their own sim labs! Check out this entry by Suzy O’Brien from the University of the Sunshine Coast on “BGL – Simulated Blood and Hand”:

About B-Line: B‑Line Medical makes software that helps healthcare professionals and educators improve the delivery of healthcare. Focused on the capture, debriefing, and assessment of medical training and clinical events, B‑Line Medical specializes in the delivery of robust, yet easy-to-use web-based solutions. Our software has helped over 300 top hospitals, medical schools, and nursing programs in 12 countries operate and manage their training and QI programs more effectively. Learn more at http://www.blinemedical.com.

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia B-Line Medical DIY Contest Page!

Share Your Medical Simulation Innovations for ‘Simulation Week’ in May

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From Saturday May 3rd to Friday May 9th, 2014 share your medical simulation innovations with our growing international community through “Simulation Week”!

Simulation Week is an opportunity to promote the many forms of simulation in our organizations and communities to celebrate its many accomplishments and future vision.”

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Hosted by Simulation Australia, Simulation Week will be posted online in real-time at www.simulationweek.com, and is open to anyone that wishes to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are essential and this platform will provide an opportunity to display images easily, providing an exciting snapshot of simulation for the week for the world to see.

To submit an item to be published on this website as part of Simulation Week, please email simulationweek@simulationaustralia.org.au – before Monday the 28th of April, 2014!

Additional “Best Of” HealthySim Articles From 2013


Last week we posted our “Best Of” Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles from 2013. There were so many posts last year it was extremely difficult to narrow them all down to just 50. So that being said, here is some other key articles from last year that are definitely worth checking out!

General Community News:

Ontario Based ‘SIM-one’ Provides Simulation ResourcesSIM-one—the Ontario Simulation Network—is a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, resources and services across the Province of Ontario. SIM-one provides valuable services to the simulation community, including education and training, research grants, the SIM-one Provincial Equipment Coordination Service (SPECS), and popular events like the annual Ontario Simulation Exposition.

U.S. Army Continues to Successfully Expand Medical Simulation TrainingTwo news items today about the continued success of medical simulation expansion by the United States Army. The first covers site accreditation by SSH, and the second covers a partnership with Mayo Clinic designed to help improve team training.

New Healthcare Simulation Products:

Wallcur Expands Services For Medical Simulation With Practi-MedsWallcur provides “Practi-Meds”, which are simulated medications, for simulation centers and health occupation fields.  In this video Wallcur shows off new products that can be used in simulation centers while networking with others who are furthering the simulation field.

Limbs And Things Provides Online & Hands-on Hybrid Suture Tutor Training KitsLimbs & Things has been designing, manufacturing and distributing clinical and surgical skills training products for over 20 years. Their new Limbs Learning Online website will offer a range of e-learning courses designed for medical undergraduates, nursing students, foundation trainees, surgical trainees, nurse practitioners, doctors training in emergency medicine, and trainers. These courses will offer anytime, anywhere access to subscribers via a broadband internet connection.

Gaumard Noelle S575.100 Product Updates: Learn more about the updated birthing simulator from Gaumard Scientific including realistic fetal palpation, multiple birthing positions, epidural procedures, pelvic landmarks, contraction stomach, episiotomy repair, and precision delivery system.

Educator Resources:

University of San Francisco Launches Master of Science in Healthcare SimulationThe University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions is pleased to offer this new masters-level program. For all applicants who hold a Baccalaureate degree, regardless of major, this two-year Master’s degree in Healthcare Simulation offers educational theory, research methodology and financial management strategies to prepare students for future leadership in simulation-related careers.

How to Evaluate Effectiveness of SimulationEvaluating the effectiveness of your medical simulations is a crucial component of building a successful long-term program.  On numerous occasions, the raw data we captured at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas over a period of many years eventually became critically important for arguments when requesting operational changes our lead administrators.  Not only this, but the use of a tool to gauge how simulations have performed is a necessary step in molding and shaping future experiential learning experiences.

Free ‘Infection Control Communication’ Online Learning ProgramThe Partnering to Heal website provides a free online based video learning system to simulate discussions regarding infection control communication, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.It is intended to increase awareness of the risks of healthcare-associated infections and the opportunities for preventing such infections.

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Launches 2013 Meeting with Keynote on Evidence Based PracticesDr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk PhD, CPNP, FNAP then provided the keynote address ”Nothing Happens Unless First a Dream”. Dr. Melnyk is the Dean, Associate VP for Health Promotion and the University Chief Wellness Officer at Ohio State University. She quickly reminded the audience that those who encounter a medical error will have a 5-15% chance of death or permanent disability – as over 200,000 patients die this way every year with such wasteful healthcare spending costing the healthcare system 1.2 trillion dollars annually.

HealthBeat Covers Disruptive Healthcare TechnologyLearn about this new new event dedicated to exploring where new technology is disrupting healthcare. The meeting was organized by media outlet VentureBeat, which covers the Tech, People and Money of new ventures across the globe.  The meeting continues today in San Francisco combining clinicians, hospital administrators, entrepreneurs, and funding groups from around the world.

NLN Recorded Simulation Session & Senior Care ResourcesFamous nursing simulation speakers cover the challenges of developing simulation research and utilization in nursing, and although from 2011 still has huge relevance for our community today. You can watch the full 1-hour session and learn where more downloadable resources are here.

New Products of Note in Other Simulation-Related Communities 

Cornell Builds Pet Manikin For World’s First Veterinary Simulation CenterThe Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) is assisting the College of Veterinary Medicine in the development of robotic pets (robo-pets) for Cornell’s new veterinary simulation center, the first to incorporate robotic high-fidelity canine and feline simulators.

New Dental Simulation Center Utilizes Specialized Manikin TechnologyMahidol University Faculty of Dentistry in Bangkok, Thailand will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at one of the most advanced simulation centers in the medical and dental world on June 7, 2013. Dental students at Mahidol University now have the opportunity to master their cognitive and motor skills by training on 120 DentSim computerized training dental simulators.

Oculus Rift & 3D Scans Demonstrate the Potential of Future Medical Simulation TrainingCombining 3D scans of real life models in ultra high detail with the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra for movement controls, this video demonstrates one of the most realistic and spooky experiences in Virtual Reality. I am confident that this type of technology will be utilized in the future as a means of providing realistic simulation training experiences to healthcare professionals and students.

Dynamic Shape Display Has Serious Potential for Medical SimulationFrom MIT’s MediaLab: “inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms.

Ford Trains New Employees in Simulated FactoryFord now trains new US-based factory employees in a simulated manufacturing plant. This ensures new workers are better prepared to work on the assembly line, increase training speeds, reduce employee attrition and improve manufacturing quality and safety.

Forbes: Why The Future of Innovation Is Simulation

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Forbes.com contributing Author Greg Satell recently wrote Why The Future of Innovation is Simulation, and I couldn’t agree more. Imagine having access to the world’s data sets on any particular topic in quantifiable numbers, the base line for testing would already have more answers than the smartest team in the world. Consider Greg’s perspective:

“In business life, Mitt Romney was known for his acumen, strong work ethic and keen eye for talent. He carried over these practices to his political career and his campaign team was similarly bright and indefatigable  They analyzed past trends, developed a theory of the case and executed their strategy efficiently.  They had only one chance to get it right.

His opponent, the incumbent President Barack Obama had a different approach.  He created an entire division of young, unkempt, over-caffeinated data junkies with little experience in business or politics.  They had no set theory of the case, but instead ran 62,000 simulations per night and continuously updated their approach.

The result is now clear to just about everyone on the planet. The smartest guys in the room were no match for terabytes of data and smart algorithms. There is no one “theory of the case” anymore, but thousands of them, being run constantly. The point isn’t to be right, but to become less wrong over time.

That’s why the future of innovation is simulation.  Whereas before, we would sit amongst ourselves, decide how the world might work and test our ideas in the market, now we can test them in a virtual environment built by real world data at much lower levels of cost and risk.”

Read the full Forbes article here!