Epona Becomes Medical-X and Hosts New Simulation Event Dec. 5th & 6th

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Epona’s New Name: MEDICAL-X

Recently Epona announced that on the 1st of December they will change their company name from Epona Medical to MEDICAL-X. HealthySim has covered their Lap-X simulator before during IMSH, which you can watch here.

Message From Epona:

The name Epona has caused some confusion to our customers and business partners since it is a part of our partner company Epona Software Production BV that specializes in legal software applications.

We have renamed our company to MEDICAL-X not only to avoid confusion, but also to have a company name that better reflects our growth: in the past few years we have increased our product portfolio to more than ten simulators for a variety of healthcare specialties. Our products are represented in more than thirty countries and reach thousands of healthcare professionals all over the world.



The new identity, MEDICAL-X, satisfies all of our existing values and expectation of what our original company name stands for while simultaneously moving the brand forward to acknowledge the growth of our business, making MEDICAL-X the number one go-to and trustworthy branding for industry partners and healthcare professionals worldwide.

Upcoming Conference December 5th & 6th in the Netherlands:

This special conference will be combined with products training to give you the best in depth understanding and working of their new product portfolio and the outstanding and unique features of their simulators. Attending the conference will also give you the advantage of being one of the first to see their new products and directly discuss the collaboration with their company.

The new website will be Medical-X.com but for now you can learn more at Epona’s old website!

 


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IMSH Videos: Recap of Medical Simulation Vendor Product Demonstrations & Interviews

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At IMSH 2014 San Francisco earlier this year, HealthySimulation.com was on hand to learn all the latest from a good number of leading medical simulation vendors. Over the past several months we have released several video interviews, which you can now all watch for free below. Special thanks to Matt Koss for his help editing these pieces, each of which takes several days to produce!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want more great medical simulation video content?
Check out HealthySimulation.com’s Youtube Channel which now boasts over 100 videos and more than 50,000 views!

Serious Games @ Google: Playing Surgery – A Laparoscopy Game for Surgeons on the Nintendo Wii From Lap-X

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Not too long ago I posted an interview with the folks from Lap-X about their mobile and cost effective Laparascopic training simulator. They also suggested I check out this awesome presentation held on the Google Campus entitled “Playing Surgery – A Laparoscopy Game for Surgeons on the Nintendo Wii”. Check out how video gaming can be utilized for this “Google Tech Talk” presentation!

Presented by Henk ten Cate Hoedemaker, Tim Laning, and Jetse Goris.

ABSTRACT

Laparascopic (or keyhole) surgery is challenging for surgeons and can be dangerous for patients. The surgeons who perform these procedures need ongoing training and hands on practice. The University Medical Centers of Groningen and Leeuwarden in the Netherlands have teamed up with game developer Grendel Games (http://www.surgical-games.com/) to produce a unique solution. Instead of using expensive, traditional simulators to teach their doctors the motor skills needed for laparoscopic surgery, they have developed a full Nintendo Wii game with customized controls that imitate a surgeon’s instruments… but in a non-medical context.

What makes this game unique is the choice to make a virtual game world that offers an immersive storyline, exciting puzzles and pleasing visuals, around the control scheme and motor skills of laparoscopic surgery. This deliberate change of context is unique for a medical serious game.

At the 2010 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the first prototype of this game was presented. Forbes crowned it “one of the ten games that can change the world.” The 2010 presentation is one of the most viewed serious games videos in the GDC vault.

Project team members Henk ten Cate Hoedemaker, Tim Laning and Jetse Goris will describe their development process and demo the new version of the game and Wii controllers. Time permitting, local/live attendees will be able test out the redesigned controllers and game.

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H.O. ten Cate Hoedemaker MD
Henk ten Cate Hoedemaker is a gastrointestinal surgeon at the University Medical Center of Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands. His specialities include colorectal surgery, abdominal wall surgery and laparoscopy. In 1999, he won best instructor award at UMCG where he has taught many surgical and laparoscopic courses. Since 2000, he has been medical director of the Wenckebach Institute Skills Center at UMCG. He is also inventor of the C-seal colon stent.

Tim Laning
Tim Laning is CEO and co-founder of the 
award winning Dutch serious medical game company Grendel Games (www.grendel-games.com). Grendel Games builds games focused on physical and mental rehabilitation, surgical and medical training for medical education universities, hospitals and rehabilitation institutes. Grendel Games is one of the first companies to partner with medical training hospitals to develop a laparoscopic surgery training game
 to be released on Nintendo consoles in 2013.

 Laning helped found Gameship (the largest serious game development media lab in the Netherlands) and founded the annual serious game jam G-Ameland in 2007.

Jetse Goris MSc
Jetse Goris is an educational consultant and researcher at the University Medical Center of Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands. Jetse is currently conducting research to validate the efficacy of a Nintendo Wii laparoscopy game he helped design with UMC Gronigen/Leeuwarden and Grendel Games. Jetse is passionate about using and building innovative technologies to enhance medical teacher and student learning and performance.


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Lap-X Surgical Simulator IMSH 2014 Video Interview

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The LAP-X was on hand at IMSH 2014 where I had the chance to engage with this highly realistic yet still very affordable surgical simulator. What’s easy to see is just how compact and mobile this training system is — and with a variety of course content, debriefing capabilities and realistic engagements, this is definitely something to check out! Watch my video interview below to learn more.

More about the LAP-X from the Epona Website:

LAP-X is a laparoscopic surgical simulator. It provides easy accessible minimally invasive surgery simulation training for medical professionals at low-cost. It is designed for surgical residents, physicians, and operating room assistants to exercise laparoscopy skills training in medical schools/universities, hospitals and skills centers. LAP-X delivers simulation training for various surgical specialties such as General Surgery, Gynecology, Urology, Pediatric Surgery, and Gastrointestinal Surgery. LAP-X simulator for laparoscopy has four different system platforms in order to fulfill different requirements of healthcare professionals: LAP-X Hybrid, LAP-X VR, LAP-X Box pro, and LAP-X Box.

The advantages of the LAP-X are as follows:

  • LAP-X is intuitive to use, the software and hardware are self-explanatory and does not need third-party guidance.
  • LAP-X uses real surgical instruments to narrow the gap to reality.
  • LAP-X updates its new virtual reality exercises and modules free within license period.
  • LAP-X provides great services with software and hardware guarantee.
  • LAP-X is the most affordable laparoscopic training simulator on the market.
  • LAP-X is the lightest and most portable laparoscopic simulator.

Watch this official LAP-X gall bladder removal video to see the graphic interface in action:

Learn more about the Lap-X here!