Complete Administrator’s Guide To Healthcare Simulation ‘HealthySimAdmin’ Program Series Now Available for Free!

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Sim champs HealthySimulation.com is welcoming 2017 with a bang by recapping for you here ALL eight HealthySimAdmin videos! Each of these 2 hour recorded sessions provides key administrative insights by an entire panel of leading healthcare simulation program directors! Sponsored by Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse, the original value of watching the program online was $450, but now the entire program is available to watch for free online!

HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. Hundreds of simulation program administrators from around the world have watched the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

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Watch this highlight to preview some of the thousands of administrative tips to be gained from HealthySimAdmin:



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Each of the following sessions starts with a 40 minute presentation by the associated key speaker which is then followed by 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A session by the entire expert panel:

Part 1: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN

Part 2: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR

Part 3: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM

Part 4: “Sim Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC

Part 5: “Maximizing Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT

Part 6: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP

Part 7: “Increasing Sim Program Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.

Part 8: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, HealthySimAdmin Organizer

Complete Session Details are available on those pages. Reasons to Watch HealthySimAdmin, NOW TOTALLY FREE:

  • Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim admins
    The HealthySimAdmin panel of experts is comprised of successful simulation program administrators from a variety of settings including: community, state and university nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, hospitals, IT departments, and the military. Additional panel members will include leading industry consultants who have designed and managed sim labs around the globe. HealthySimAdmin will not only share “proven-to-work” techniques from others in your field but also provide an expanded perspective from others that utilize medical simulation within healthcare.
  • Learn from your new professional community
    Currently there are no professional degrees in medical simulation program management. Simulation program administrators have varied experience which may include successful or maybe, not so successful, strategies for managing a simulation center/lab. For example, a sim lab program manager with an IT background will have little trouble integrating their center’s network technology, but may find clinical educator training and buy-in much more challenging. In that sense, our growing international community is the best resource we have for learning and sharing the best practices in each of the numerous facets necessary to operate a simulation lab. HealthySimAdmin’s mission is to create a global and shared community online space where healthcare simulation program administrators can find and share information unique to medical simulation management.
  • Participate from anywhere in the world
    What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas with HealthySimAdmin! With any high-speed internet connection you will be able to watch HealthySimAdmin wherever you are. Join an international audience of healthcare simulation managers who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and gain global insight into the operations and development of a successful medical simulation program.
  • Maximize your time with medical simulation admin specific content
    While the methodology of simulation in healthcare continues to expand exponentially across the globe, the discussions regarding the operations and management of this technology are relatively new. And while other medical simulation-based meetings do exist, they primarily serve our community’s clinical educators. Thus, resources and guidance for program administrators remains limited. To address this challenge, HealthySimAdmin held an event specifically designed to meet the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators. Catch up to the hundreds of other administrators who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and maximize your time and resources by engaging with content that is as unique as your profession!

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Overcoming IT Issues for Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 6

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Have you been watching the recently released HealthySimAdmin series sponsored by Laerdal, Pocket Nurse, and B-Line Medical? The recorded sessions covered administrative topics crucial for the success of your medical simulation program. Each session starts with a presentation from a leading expert and then finishes with a panel discussion by 10 simulation program administrators to help understand the opportunities from a range of diverse perspectives. So far we have covered:

Maximizing Efficiency of Daily Program Operations in Healthcare Simulation – Part 5

Integrating Research Into Your Healthcare Simulation Program – Part 4

Clinical Educator Buy-In & Training for Healthcare Simulation – Part 3

Sim Program Funding Sources & Models – Part 2

Collaborative Simulation Program Development – Part 1

Today’s episode focuses on Overcoming IT issues!

HealthySimAdmin Session Description:

While the methodology of medical simulation has expanded exponentially in clinical education programs around the world, the understanding of the technical requirements necessary to operate these labs has remained somewhat linear. James Cypert leads our discussion of IT issues and support structures. He will provide valuable insights that will help your program avoid short and long-term technical failures. This conversation will include considerations for manikin, audiovisual, network, and computer desktop/laptop hardware needs. Our expert panel will then join James to discuss topics related to operating this new technology including: pitfalls to avoid when designing a new simulation space, lab security and how to control access to sensitive information, the most commonly preventable IT issues, IT support models, maximizing and protecting IT staff time, documentation development and distribution, and currently available training resources. This session will also introduce us to the benefits and recommendations when hiring simulation and IT staff as well as gaining their input on simulation-based equipment purchases. We will also discuss the critical need to consider and develop a plan for technology refresh cycles. Audience question and answer period to follow lecture and panel discussion. This session will help us learn how to successfully navigate the technology support needs of managing medical simulation.

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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?

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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FierceHealthIT.com: Healthcare Increasingly Requires Tech Savvy Workforce

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Saw this interesting FierceHealthIT.com story floating around LinkedIn recently pointing out that the future of healthcare will require a much more tech-savvy workforce. Learn more about how this impacts simulation programs through UNLV School of Nursing Dean Caroyln Yucha’s course at SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia: Why The Sim Tech is Your #1 Sim Priority.

“The rise of technology in healthcare is creating new roles within the industry and requiring doctors and nurses to be tech-savvy as well, according to a story inFinancial Times.

Senior executives don’t necessarily have to be technology specialists, but technological strategies play key roles in their efforts to cut costs and increase efficiency. The hospital C-suite increasingly includes a chief analytics officer, a chief transformation officer or a chief information security officer. Leaders need to keep up with mobile apps, wearables, sensors, data analytics and wireless medical devices. Surgeons increasingly use computer consoles and robotic tools using cameras that display images on a high-resolution screen during surgery. Managing electronic records and analyzing the data generated by remote patient monitoring devices are calling for new sets of skills, according to the article.

Home-based care calls for people who can manage the networking technology to connect doctors and patients remotely.

As we move from data collection and implementation of [electronic medical records] systems to the point where we need analytics to improve patients outcomes, that whole increase in data analytics is going to produce a lot of new jobs in the market,” said Jim Utterback, who leads the health IT practice for executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.

Dick Daniels, Kaiser’s executive vice president and chief information officer, callstechnology essential to providing effective care. In addition to its deep use of analytics to improve case and cut costs, Kaiser is focusing technology on improving the customer experience as well, by digitizing membership cards, creating express check-ins for appointments and allowing patients to use videoconferencing to contact caregivers from mobile phones and hospital beds.”

Read the full FierceHealthIT.com story with Subscription here!

Whitepaper from EMS: How to Strengthen Simulation Center Operational Efficiency.

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Continuing our recent series of medical simulation ‘How To’ articles, today we are pointed in the direction of an EMS whitepaper entitled “How to Strengthen Simulation Center Operational Efficiency”. The article covers several major areas including:

  • Staffing Needs Identification
  • IT Department Communication
  • Simulation Staff Salaries

About the SimulationIQ WhitePaper:

Your institution has just opened a state-of-the-art simulation center complete with all the bells and whistles the industry has to offer. However, just as a car needs fuel and maintenance to run effectively, a simulation center requires investment beyond the initial technology purchase. A sim center does not operate and manage itself – people do. And these people should be hired long before the ribbon-cutting ceremony of your new center!

But what skills should you look for during the hiring process?

A sim center requires a similar type of operational knowledge as driving a car. One must first know how to drive a car in order to do so safely. This includes an understanding of the rules of the road and the actual physical movements required to operate the vehicle. Similarly, there are many administrative and educational tasks that need to be taken care of in order to have a smooth-running simulation center.

Get the FREE Whitepaper now from EMS!

Dr. Carolyn Yucha Shares Why Staffing Sim Techs is #1 Priority for Healthcare Educational Administrators

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*UPDATE: The recorded video is now posted on SimGHOSTS.org thanks to Laerdal. Click here to watch it now!

Last week at SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia held at the Clinical Skills Development Service in Brisbane, Laerdal Sponsored Keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Yucha, Dean of the Nursing & Allied Health Programs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, shared why healthcare educational administrators need to understand that hiring and keeping simulation technology staff is their #1 priority.

Highlighting a national survey on Educause.edu of educational administrators, the Top 10 IT Issues of 2015 included these top four points:

  1. Hiring and retaining qualified staff, and updating the knowledge and skills of existing technology staff
  2. Optimizing the use of technology in teaching and learning in collaboration with academic leadership, including understanding the appropriate level of technology to use
  3. Developing IT funding models that sustain core service, support innovation, and facilitate growth
  4. Improving student outcomes through an institutional approach that strategically leverages technology

Read the full Educause 2015 survey results report here.

Having been the lead champion of the development of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, which began with an idea in 2006, Dean Yucha is one of only a few healthcare administrators around the world that have built and maintained collaborative successful simulation programs across institutions and disciplines. Dr. Yucha shared the story of designing the center’s layout across from two other deans (From NSC & UNSOM) over a three year period that were connected by the Nevada System of Higher Education. Dr. Yucha then spoke on how to Negotiate to create an effective and efficient student learning environment, described the different roles and training needs for simulation staff, and discussed, and strategies for sim champs to communicate their needs.

The most crucial hiring practice Dean Yucha reminded the audience was to hire simulation staff that “desired to continue to learn”, as “technology evolves too quickly for us not to pay attention to whats going on out there”. Furthermore, simulation programs must maintain a technology refresh cycle to plan for aging equipment.

You can watch the Laerdal sponsored keynote address in the very near future on their website SimGHOSTS.org. You can also watch more Laerdal sponsored healthcare simulation program administrative content on our HealthySimAdmin pages.

Medical Simulation Program Administrators: “Dealing with Healthcare Simulation IT Issues” Session Free for One Week Only!

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If you manage or coordinate a healthcare simulation lab program then this is no April fool’s joke!

We continue to celebrate yesterday’s 500th article on HealthySimulation.com by sharing here the 2-Hour HD recorded session from HealthySimAdmin on IT Issues & Structures for Healthcare Simulation Program Administrators, led by James Cypert, Technology Director for California Baptist University and currently Interim President for SimGHOSTS aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. Valued at $150, for the next week you can now stream this video presentation from HealthySimulation.com — but hurry it will go offline next week! Schedule some time to watch this powerful presentation by James followed by a panel discussion of eight simulation program administrators on the topic of IT. Click the link below to watch the 2 hour session!

HealthySimAdmin Was Sponsored By:

UNLV School of Nursing

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HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. During the live taping, more than 105 simulation program administrators from around the world participated in-person or online with the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

“IT Structures & Issues”: While the methodology of medical simulation has expanded exponentially in clinical education programs around the world, the understanding of the technical requirements necessary to operate these labs has remained somewhat linear. James Cypert leads our discussion of IT issues and support structures. He will provide valuable insights that will help your program avoid short and long-term technical failures. This conversation will include considerations for manikin, audiovisual, network, and computer desktop/laptop hardware needs. Our expert panel will then join James to discuss topics related to operating this new technology including: pitfalls to avoid when designing a new simulation space, lab security and how to control access to sensitive information, the most commonly preventable IT issues, IT support models, maximizing and protecting IT staff time, documentation development and distribution, and currently available training resources. This session will also introduce us to the benefits and recommendations when hiring simulation and IT staff as well as gaining their input on simulation-based equipment purchases. We will also discuss the critical need to consider and develop a plan for technology refresh cycles. Audience question and answer period to follow lecture and panel discussion. This session will help us learn how to successfully navigate the technology support needs of managing medical simulation.

Session Presentation Lead By:

James Dylan Cypert, BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP, MOUS, A+
Technology Director
California Baptist University School of Nursing

Balancing technological skills with interpersonal skills have always been the key to James Cypert’s success in technology. Earning degrees in Information Technology and another in Psychology stretched forth from his fundamental view that nearly all technology problems are really people issues. After spending 8 years in manufacturing, in 1997 James earned his first computer technology certification, and followed it with 14 more. James found great success for 12 in technical education by having a voracious appetite for learning and a unique ability explain complicated technological concepts in ways that were easily understood. In 2010, James accepted his current position as Technical Director for the School of Nursing at California Baptist University. He stepped into a simulation museum, with lots of bells and whistles and not used very often, structural design issues, the complexity of the systems, and lack of buy-in from IT made it difficult for the nursing content experts to get the desire outcomes from the technology. Working closely nursing content experts to develop scenarios, implementing faculty/staff development, and establishing buy-in with the universities IT department, the school of nursing has successfully transformed the simulation center from 2 simulations covering OB and Pediatrics for a total of 16 hours of simulation time, to a simulation center that now has 22 different simulations covering OB, Pediatrics, Adult Health, Mental Health, Critical Care, Community Health, Fundamentals, Physical Assessment, and Geriatrics for a total of 200+ hours of simulation time per semester. Recently James was appointed Interim President of the SimGHOSTS sim tech community support 501(c)3 non profit organization.


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Overcoming Healthcare Technology Challenges

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The Transformative Health staff writes that “according to a recent study by the HealthEd Academy, many [healthcare providers] are still using paper-based systems and have not yet fully embraced the use of tablets.”

The Overcoming Healthcare Technology Challenges article continues to suggest that “based on the findings of this study, one would assume that Health IT adoption (not training) is the big issue.  Most new health care technologies are highly intuitive and don’t require knowledge of code or a degree from MIT to use effectively. By providing the right training and tools, health care practitioners can easily embrace these technologies and realize untold benefits. ”

I believe the challenges of integrating simulation technology parallel this broad study of IT adoption into similar healthcare settings.  In essence, simulation lab administrators are running technology-based labs which require a sincere appreciation for IT-based integration and longterm maintenance care.  The point I am trying to make here is that if you are experiencing IT headaches with regards to medical simulation, you are not alone.

Tell us an IT headache your sim lab overcame in the article’s comment page section!

 

Healthcare IT News: Consumers Embrace Technology Faster Than Doctors

Erin McCann, Associate Editor for Healthcare IT News wrote an interesting post entitled “Consumers embrace health IT, docs lag behind” demonstrating statistical support from an Optum Institute and Harris Interactive national survey to show that consumers are faster to utilize healthcare technology than doctors. Erin points out that Thursday’s Optum Institute and Harris Interactive national survey of 4,270 physicians, consumers and hospitals execs that:

“Among the findings… only 40 percent of physicians say they have the capability to engage with patients via email or provide patients with access to their health records.

Findings also suggest that consumers are ready to use technology-enabled features today, as three out of four consumers say they are willing to go online to access their medical records, and more than 60 percent want to communicate with their doctors via email or the Internet.”

Read all of Erin’s post here which is on Healthcare IT News, a site that offers healthcare IT executives timely, pertinent news every month. Jesse H. Neal Award Winning coverage includes new technologies, IT strategies and tactics, statutory and regulatory issues, as well as provider and vendor updates. Published in partnership with HIMSS, Healthcare IT News is the industry’s only newspaper, reaching more than 54,000 subscribers, including IT management, C-suite and general management, and clinical executives at hospitals and IDNs, group practices, ambulatory care facilities, home healthcare organizations, as well as healthcare payers, consultants and vendors.

Have you experience “doctor lag” with regards to the utilization of medical simulation equipment?  Tell us about how you worked through it, or around it, in the comments below.

Top 5 Questions I Am Asked About Managing a Medical Simulation Program

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5) Where can I find medical simulation job descriptions?
4) How did you train faculty/educators in medical simulation?
3) How did you get educators to start running collaborative simulations?
2) How can we finally stop all these technology issues?
1) How much should we charge to outside users?

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Below are the answers to the Top 5 questions I am regularly asked about running a medical simulation program. I wrote this article to demonstrate the kinds of topics we will be discussing at HealthySimAdmin – an innovative two-day event which will be specifically addressing the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators.  On October 18th & 19th you will be able to join our studio audience or stream the event live from your office desktop over high-speed internet connection.  Learn more at HealthySimAdmin.com and take advantage of the meeting’s “early-adopter” discount prices!

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Next week I will post the “Top 5 Questions Administrators Should Be Asking Me About Running A Medical Simulation Program” – so stay tuned!

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5) Where can I find medical simulation job descriptions?
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First, look at HealthySimulation.com’s medical simulation jobs listings to see some of the positions that have been posted by the community in the current market.  Grab any of the job descriptions there that pertain to your new position and start building your database.  Next, repeat that process on simplyhired.comhigheredjobs.com, and indeed.com – all of which also regularly post job position that are based in medical simulation.
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