Why You Need a Medical Audiovisual Technology Consultant For Simulation Center Design

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Our friends at Drake Systems Group wrote in to let us know of a recent article entitled “Design Teams for Simulation Centers Call for Medical Audiovisual Technology Consultant”. I have heard numerous times from Simulation staff about the nightmares associated with their new medical simulation space because their design team was unaware of the pitfalls of building such a technology-intensive clinical training lab. This is of no fault of the end-user, nor the design company, because no one “knows what they don’t know”.  In other words, if you are building a new space – there are countless benefits to working with a medical simulation audiovisual and technology design consultant.

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Here’s an excerpt from the article which further explains why: “A general audiovisual design consultant typically does not have the expertise or medical knowledge prerequisites for medical simulation systems design.  There are no training programs per se.  Too much time is spent learning on the job, which proves potentially unpleasant and unnecessarily costly for the client and simulation center staff.  Many audiovisual designers new to the medical field overlook details and create overly complicated systems that never get used properly, and clearly do not meet a facility’s needs. Additional support and problem solving to try and optimize poorly designed systems leads to lost time, blown budgets, and client frustration.”

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Here’s more about the article: “Healthcare simulation is one of the few technology markets that continues to grow annually. Design in this field is highly specialized, and design teams should seek medical audiovisual technology consultants with considerable expertise or else risk delay, missed objectives, and frustrating project builds.

This DSG article will:

  • Differentiate between generalist audiovisual and medical audiovisual
  • Give the reader a unique insight into the medical audiovisual technology
  • Define the benefits of including expert technology consultant on the Sim Center Design Team”

Click Here to access the article written by Drake Systems Group, Inc. Vice President Brian Moores.

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For the next week you can watch HealthySimAdmin‘s 2-hour opening session “Collaborative Simulation Program Development (Across Disciplines and/or Institutions)” lead by University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing Dean Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN for FREE right here on HealthySimulation.com!

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. Earlier this month, over 105 simulation program administrators from around the world participated in-person or online for the HealthySimAdmin during this opening session lead by Dean Carolyn Yucha, which was then followed by a panel discussion / Q&A session with administrators from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultants.

Be sure to watch the introduction to HealthySimAdmin and stay tuned for access to the recorded sessions from this innovative meeting designed to support the professional development of healthcare simulation program administrators!

Session Outline:

Imagine splitting the cost of a brand new simulation center and operational program in thirds, while simultaneously increasing access to equipment, space and staff support. Now also consider the benefits of partnering with other healthcare professional disciplines to further breakdown the traditional educational training silos through your simulation program. Dean Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN from UNLV’s Nursing and Allied Health Programs will launch our discussion into how to develop a multi-disciplinary multi-institutional collaborative simulation center. Dean Yucha spent three years leading the development of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, which supports the clinical education of three distinct institutions across a multitude of disciplines. Following Dean Yucha’s presentation, the HealthySimAdmin panel of experts will continue the discussion of related topics such as stakeholder identification and board/committee needs, types of umbrella administrative structures, architectural design considerations, financial reimbursement systems, building and program support services, legal requirements, ongoing collaborative issues and more. Funding models will be touched upon briefly but will be explored in greater depth during subsequent sessions. Audience question and answer sessions will follow the lecture and panel discussion. In summary, in this session we will learn how to build and continue a successful collaborative partnership for a medical simulation program.

Session Lead by:

Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Carolyn Yucha is Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a developer of the CSCLV and serves on its Advisory Committee. Dr. Yucha earned her academic credentials from the State University of New York system: her BS in Nursing from the University at Albany, her MS in Nursing from the University at Buffalo, and her PhD in Physiology from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse NY. She worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Florida before moving to Las Vegas. Dr. Yucha has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, has published numerous articles, and is editor of a scientific journal, Biological Research for Journal.

Dr. Yucha was instrumental in creating the original concept of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. She worked with architects to design the space and worked closely with other Deans to develop the curriculum, staffing, and financial model to sustain the center. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the CSCLV.

Medical Simulation Staff Needs & Program Development | Recorded Webinar

This is the recorded session from the weekly webinar HealthySimAdmin.com provided free to the medical simulation community on 9-12-12.  Topics covered for this medical simulation consulting live-video-stream webinar include:

  1. Overcoming the challenges of being a medical simulation program administrator.
  2. New resources for managers of simulation labs.
  3. New resources for simulation technicians.
  4. Developing a collaborative simulation program including finding partners and getting key administrative buy-in.
  5. Expanding your simulation program within your organization and with external partners.
  6. Staff needs regarding moving into a new building and weekly operations.
  7. Developing new policies and modifying old ones.
  8. Scheduling suggestions for simulation labs.
  9. Short-term and long-term considerations for operating a simulation program.

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Hundreds of simulation champions from around the world participated in the six free weekly webinar live-streaming sessions which took place on HealthySimAdmin.com over the past two months.  Topics covered included IT infrastructure, scheduling, program development, business opportunities, staffing policies/training, and more! For now, you can watch most of these webinars for free on HealthySimAdmin.com (by clicking on the video player’s library) or stay tuned here to HealthySimulation.com for their permanent home.

Visit our original announcement about these free weekly webinars!

Webinar on Launching a New Sim Program in a New Building

Yesterday Medical Simulation Consultant Lance Baily from HealthySimulation.com spoke with John Rathje Interim Director of Technology for the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University.  Lance answered John’s questions about expanding a medical simulation program into a new building, covering topics such as initial staffing, policy and procedure development and the need for various meeting groups.

Do you have medical simulation related questions? Join us next week by checking out the September weekly webinar schedule and topics.  Email Lance if you would like 30 minutes of direct skype consulting during one of these times!

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