Upcoming Military Healthcare Summit Looks to Connect Simulation Industry to DoD

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The Military Healthcare Conference Feb. 27th –  March 1st 2017 in Washington D.C. promises to provide a forum to examine the complex construct of the Military Healthcare System and determine the best courses of action to address current operational and readiness challenges while maintaining the excellent standard of care U.S. Service members and their families deserve. Some of these discussions will focus on whether the community should rely on Military MTF’s to provide beneficiary care while maintaining military deployable readiness, or outsource more of the Military Healthcare construct. They will also examine critical focus areas such as new tools and techniques for clinical and combat education and training, combat medicine facility readiness, and new advances in medical research and development – truly addressing the full spectrum of Military Healthcare Operations. Don’t miss the opportunity to understand and support the current and future requirements of our medical stakeholders as they commit to the continuous improvement of healthcare delivery to our troops and their families!

With the DoD Unified Medical Budget expected to be $48.8 billion this year, military execs are now looking to invest Military Health Systems and advance in areas such as:



  • Medical Education/Training
  • Medical/Patient Simulation
  • EHR
  • Medical Technology
  • Clinical Care Innovation
  • Combat & Amputee Care

The Military Healthcare Summit, this February 27th-March 1st is the industry platform designed to elevate your organization and provide you with the opportunity to connect with key U.S. military healthcare executives including our lead speaking faculty:

  • Stacy Cummings, Program Executive Officer, PEO Defense Health Management Systems
  • Matt Hepburn, Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA
  • Christopher Ivany, Chief, Army Behavioral Health, U.S. Army
  • James Dienst, Director, Education and Training Directorate, Defense Health Agency
  • …and much more!

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities Still Available via contact Stephen Aponte on the website!

Learn more at the Military Healthcare IQPC website today!


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Iqarus Provides Fully Immersive Live Action Combat Medicine Training Center in UK

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Imagine walking into a building in UK and instantly being transported to a combat zone in Iraq. Well, with Iqarus training center that is now possible as they just opened a fully immersive environment with live actors in Hereford, UK. It’s like a real life haunted house!

A new training centre which can replicate a medical emergency in a Middle Eastern street has been opened in Hereford, in collaboration with the film studios which are responsible for the James Bond franchise. The Immersive Training Centre has been opened at Rotherwas and combines replicated street scenes, professional actors, sound, weather and other special effects to allow front-line medical professionals to be put through their paces in high-risk, high-pressure situations.

Iqarus, a global provider of intelligent health solutions in remote and difficult operating environments, has designed the centre with Pinewood Studios, which is home to the Bond films. The 8,000 sq.ft of dynamic simulation space can be used to create bespoke training environments, with any scenario, anywhere in the world. Facilities include:

  • Desert, jungle and arctic training rooms with simulated weather conditions and sound effects
  • A street scene with collapsed, two-story building, with explosive special effects, dust and smoke
  • A changeable street scene which transports users from Europe to the Middle East, and beyond
  • A burnt-out building with collapsed upstairs and flooding area
  • Realistic home structure with false wall, escape hatch and tunnel
  • Area for road traffic collision simulation
  • Stereo surround speakers with four sound zones
  • State-of-the-art cameras and a two-way communications system allowing trainees to work independently, without the support or intrusion of an instructor
  • Professional actors and accurate and realistic prosthetics
  • Overhead drones and HD CCTV throughout.

Learn more at the Iqarus Training Center Website!

U.S. Army Awards Portion of $135M Medical Simulation Contract to ECS

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Big news for US federal investment into healthcare simulation today with news that recently the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has awarded two contracts to Engineering and Computer Simulations (ECS) for research & development services designed to demonstrate and advance state-of-the-art simulation and training technologies. The goal of the initiative, called Simulation, Training and Engineering Services (STES), is to produce training/simulation systems that can adapt over time to changing Army needs and conditions. STES addresses three technical areas — TA 1: advanced simulation; TA 2: medical simulation; and TA 3: squad and small-team research. ECS will be developing simulations for medical simulation and squad and small-team research.

Waymon Armstrong, CEO of ECS, said: “Our depth and range of simulation experience enables us to deliver effective simulations for both medical and warfighter training. Because our designers and engineers are highly skilled with decades of experience in all aspects of military executions, they quickly comprehend the need and design solutions that achieve the desired result. The training solution may be based on a platform we’ve already produced for another client or military Program of Record. That means significant cost saving to the client, or if needed we can custom design the training tool.’

ECS was awarded portions of the $135M U.S. Army contract, which may be the single largest investment into healthcare systems by a non-corporate vendor.

About ECS

Our values are also reflected in our commitment to listen to and to understand our customers’ challenges to provide them with the right solutions on time and on budget. ECS dedicates itself to using the highest business standards to produce solutions that are custom tailored to our clients’ needs. Our mission is to improve the quality and efficiency of learning and preparedness through the use of ECS’ advanced learning technologies. Most of our custom solutions and products are derived from these core competencies. In a sense, these provide the foundation for how many of our solutions are developed. However, we are always learning new skills and more importantly, how to apply new skills to maximize return on investment for our customers.

Learn more at the ECS website Press Release!


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Program-Ace Provides Simulation Software Development Services for Multiple Industries

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Today we learn about Program-Ace, a Ukrainian based simulation development company which provides software development services for a variety of simulation based industries.

About Program-Ace

Program-Ace is an R&D and innovation-oriented software development company with 24 years of successful track record and vigorous growth at IT market. We can become your sole technology vendor thanks to the full-scope of IT services we provide: from pre-project research and consulting to post-project maintenance and support. We have achieved success in different spheres and currently have 4 key areas of activity which help us vanquishing top positions at world market:

  • 3D Solutions
  • Complex and non-standard web systems
  • Advanced high-interactive desktop or client-server software solutions
  • Mobile application development

Emergency Evacuation Simulator

Emergency Evacuation Simulator is an interactive 3D client-server multiuser application with high degree of realism that simulates different emergency situations requiring urgent evacuation. Main purpose of this application is to perform evacuation training among employees who work in large buildings with complex floor plan and evacuation routes.

Target Audiences for this application include:

Administration and employees of large office buildings, airports, railway and subway stations, shopping centers, plants and factories, research institutes and scientific laboratories; also governmental and non–governmental organizations responsible for fire safety. Application teaches people to act quickly and rationally in case of emergency situation, namely:

  • Find the shortest way out of the building based on brief review of floor-plan
  • Navigate in the conditions of low visibility (due to smoke concentration)
  • Use different objects that may help exit the building or protect life and health

Oil Platform Simulator

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Oil Platform Simulator (OPS, product codename) developed by Program-Ace belongs to such type of interactive 3D solutions, which are always created in partnership between industrial experts and IT specialists. Speaking of oil and gas industry, it is important to mention, that OPS addresses such vital requirements of the branch as the increased demand for skills training and improvement among constantly changing teams, highest planning and management standards, serious risks for human health and safety – and, of course, technological complexity of the equipment.

Glock 19 Virtual Trainer

A complex virtual training application was created that implements all the required business logic, both for the Glock 19 pistol training and for the requirements of virtual training at large. SDK for fast and efficient authoring of any kind of virtual training application was developed.

Technical Achievements

  1. We developed a full-featured 3D Application that uses the power of video hardware acceleration, based on DirectX9 with shader model SM3.
  2. An application that has native resolution of 1680×1050 and works correctly on any other resolution/aspect ratio including Full HD. Full-screen and window modes are both supported.
  3. Our highly optimized real-time 3D engine allows rendering of Glock 19 model with ~800000 semi-transparent triangles per frame.
  4. Advanced skeleton-based animation system, that we developed, allows real-time visualization of common tasks with the Glock19 including assembly/disassembly, firing, cleaning etc.
  5. The application presents full-featured GUI subsystem with common controls like buttons, static panels, text boxes, edit controls, as well as advanced controls like Tree-View, property tables, playback controls, and popup-windows with video rendering.
  6. We released a convenient way to manipulate the 3D model of a pistol in free-play mode with a mouse.
  7. Our localization system allows instructors to change the language of the virtual trainer by simply replacing a single XML file.

 Learn more on the Program-Ace website today!

Simulation Modeling – From SimNET to the Internet of Simulations

 

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From time to time we share stories from other industries that utilize simulation. There are plenty of lessons healthcare simulation can learn from the military, and today’s blog post provides a peak into the history and current status of simulation modeling. Here are some excerpts from Jose-Maria Lopez of Spanish operated Simware touching highlighting the history from “SimNET” to the Internet of Simulations. Such modeling tools enable programs to simulate future events and better plan for unforeseen scenarios. Imagine the applications for healthcare if we could simulate an entire hospital in real time and change just one wall placement at a time.

The Internet of Simulations Excerpt:

I read first about the origin of LVC simulation: the DARPA’s SIMNET program. The origin of LVC simulation for training as it is demanded now, based on high fidelity simulations, very inmersive 3D graphics and connected simulators in a network, was this SIMNET project. SIMNET was a DARPA sponsored and funded project and it is origin and importance for the readiness of the military forces is explained in the book : “The Pentagon’s Brain. An uncensored history of DARPA, …” by Annie Jacobsen. In her book, Ms Jacobsen explained how Capt (later Col) Thorpe, in 1978, got a very radical idea in that time : to link two flight simulators in order to allow a pilot and its wingman to train together in a common virtual world. Based on this first experiment made at Williams Air Force in Arizona, Capt Thorpe proposed the development of a network of flight simulators that would allow for ” real time dress rehearsals”. This idea was very radical in that time because the Internet’s predecessor, ARPANET, was only an small experiment in the late 70s. Capt Thorpe was able to go back to his idea in the early 80s when he was assigned to DARPA as a program manager.

In that moment he was aware of the classified work in ARPANET and was able to transform its idea in a new program in 1983 using the new technologies for networking developed at ARPANET; this project was named SIMNET and was focused on the main military priority in the early 80s: how to train and rehearse tanks battles as could be performed on Europe against the soviet armor forces. Now, 30 years later, SIMNET has evolved to LVC simulation and it is demanded  worldwide as a a basic tool to keep the operational readiness of the military and security forces. This reading has made me to compare how different has been the evolution of Arpanet and Simnet since they were created as DoD funded programs under the umbrella of DARPA:

  • Arpanet has evolved to Internet and has expanded its presence  everywhere, Internet has been able to offer an open platform to communicate people and machines located anywhere. Internet has been a big success, being able to position itself as the main platform to do any kind of business between companies and consumers (B2B, B2C, C2C, etc.) 
  • Meanwhile, SIMNET was the origin of many new technologies, not only for networking simulators but also to create impressive 3D virtual worlds. 3D has been able to go to the mainstream and now everyone has more 3D power in its smartphone than SIMNET had in its tank simulators in the 80s. But networking simulators is still a big issue even now in the 21th century, requesting large budgets and a lot of work performed by many skillful engineers, especially for high-fidelity simulators in the military or aerospace markets. The only market niche in which networked simulation has been able to go to the mainstream has been with the massive online multi-player games, but in this case each game is a propietary platform itself, closed to any external application.

About Simware:

Simware is leading the introduction of Open platforms into the Simulation & Training markets. Our platform Simware leverages the new Layered Simulation Architecture or LSA to fulfill the requirements of the lead users of the industry, which are demanding open architectures, better interoperability and increasing economical returns for their investments in simulation and training solutions.

First release of Simware was available at 2006. At the beginning Simware was the in-house simulation platform used by NADS to develop their own simulation & training solutions for customers in Spain and USA, such as Flight Training Devices, simulation components for Full Flight Simulators, Land Based Test Sites for Naval Combat Systems or interoperability solutions for the Spanish MoD. At 2011, NADS decided to evolve Simware in a Commercial-off-the-Shelf product (COTS). Since that moment, Simware has demonstrated its traction in the market with near 50 users in 15 countries located in 3 different continents.

Read the full blog post on SimWare’s website!

Military Medical Simulation Program Highlighted on Local News

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From King5.com:

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Nothing compares to the real thing, but Army medic Jason Russell said a battlefield simulation at Joint Base Lewis-McChord comes close. “The animatronics, the bleeding, the smells,” said the staff sergeant, “Everything plays into that key that you don’t get stuck. You don’t freeze where you’re at.”

Part of the training at Madigan Army Medical Center’s Andersen Simulation Center involves sessions in a dark, smoky room filled with mannequin amputees covered in fake blood. “You can’t really train for this in a classroom,” said Russell.

Capt. Shannon Renfrow, a chief resident at Madigan, will have to go through the battlefield simulation room before she’s deployed overseas. As a doctor at Madigan she regularly participates in other medical simulations. Madigan was selected as a test site for a new birthing simulator. A rubber human belly and fetus replica allows doctors and nurses to practice C-section surgeries. The mannequin is called “C-Celia.” Like a flight simulator, it creates different complications for staff to handle.

Read the full Military Medical Simulation article on NBC’s King 5 News Website!

CAE Healthcare Announces Exclusive Distributor Agreement for Strategic Operations Cut Suit

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This month CAE Healthcare announced the exclusive distribution of the Strategic Operations Cut Suit. Congratulations to everyone involved with this new partnership which will allow first responders and physicians to practice performing surgical and emergency procedures on patients with simulated traumatic, life-threatening injuries. With international reach and a massive sales team, CAE Healthcare will help to ensure the Cut Suit gains the demonstration presence it deserves in front of front line responders.

Press Release Excerpt:

Based in San Diego, USA, STOPS simulates medical response field scenarios through the “magic of Hollywood,” with hyper-realistic training environments that include special effects, role players and simulated wounds. STOPS has developed a line of medical products that can be worn by actors or Standardized Patients (SPs) to allow real-time interaction with a trauma patient. The Surgical Cut Suit and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)/EMS Cut Suit vest can also be zipped around a manikin to add realism to a scenario.

“Strategic Operations has created a spectacular line of simulation products that complement our portfolio and can be used in conjunction with Standardized Patients and our patient simulators to add versatility to trauma training scenarios,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, President of CAE Healthcare. “Like CAE Healthcare, Strategic Operations has employed subject matter and clinical experts to create training tools for emergency medical scenarios that are common but impossible to practice on live patients with the shared goal of saving more lives.”

“We are pleased to be part of the CAE Healthcare extensive portfolio of training solutions,” STOPS Executive Vice President Kit Lavell said. “Our products are very complementary and I believe the market will respond enthusiastically to this new synergy.” The TCCC/EMS Cut Suit was developed for treating the three primary causes of death on the battlefield: hemorrhage, airway compromise and tension pneumothorax. The Surgical Cut Suit allows practice on a patient with severe internal bleeding or organ damage from point-of-injury through transport and surgical intervention.

We have previously reported about the Cut Suit from Strategic Operations while visiting Nellis Air Force Base back in 2011. Click here to read our full story.


The Cuit Suit From 2011

Read the Strategic Operations for more on the Cut Suit  and visit Strategic Operations for more on the Cut Suit

New K9 Simulator From ITTS to be Showcased at EMSWorld

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THE IMAGE ABOVE IS A SIMULATOR AND NOT REAL!

While browsing products on the EMSWorld.com website, I came across a new trauma simulator I had never seen before — probably because it is brand new! The innovative folks at Innovative Tactical Technology Solutions (ITTS) have done it again with a new K9 Simulator to help police departments, military squads, or veterinary simulation champions to drill for K9 trauma simulations. I would also recommend EMS training programs consider investment in this learning tool. You may remember that I interviewed ITTS on camera a few years back to learn more about their TOM Manikin, which stands for Tactical Operations Medical Manikin — a product designed by TSgt. Keary Miller, a retired Air Force PJ (Pararescue man) who won the Silver Star for his bravery at the Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan. Watch my interview below to or read the article on TOM Man here. Clearly ITTS knows how to create realistic learning manikins for austere environments.

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Recent News Regarding Virtual Simulation Learning Environments

Previously HealthySim.com has covered various innovations in virtual reality training departments like the MODSim birthing room simulator and these Industrial Plant Simulators. Today we learn about a few new virtual environment training projects already working in training programs:

At THE VOID you will walk into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits. From fighting intergalactic wars on alien planets, to casting spells in the darkest of dungeons, THE VOID presents the future of entertainment. Only limited by imagination, our advanced Virtual-Reality technologies allow you to see, move, and feel our digital worlds in a completely immersive and realistic way.

Learn more at: TheVoid.com

mursion

MURSION is the virtual training environment, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skil ls required to be effective in high-stakes careers. Mursion offers educators unl imited opportunities to practice their craft. Teachers can rehearse a questioning strategy, try out routines to better manage their classroom, or practice the introduction of a challenging concept to simulated student s who mimic the actual behaviors and learning styles of student s in their class. Learn more at: Mursion.com

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USMC 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “For a long while a lot of the simulators out there provided a great capability but weren’t necessarily linked to training and readiness standards, and that’s where a lot of this effort is currently underway to look at that,” Adams said. To that end, the Marines are launching a massive effort at Camp Lejeune, N.C. this month to assess more than 20 warfighting areas to ensure the simulators available match the requirements laid out in the training and readiness (T&R) manuals.

Learn more at: USNI.org

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Clemson virtual training program gets $3M in federal funding. Virtual reality work being undertaken by Clemson University is getting a boost from a $3 million National Science Foundation grant. Clemson’s Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-School, along with technical colleges around the state, will use the grant to advance the talent pipeline in aerospace, automotive and advanced manufacturing. Collaborators include S.C. Advanced Technological Education, Greenville Technical College, Florence-Darlington Technical College and Spartanburg Community College.

Learn more at: GSABusiness.com

Serious Games for Serious Simulation, An In-depth Look at Combat Medic from Virtual Heroes

Serious Games for Serious Simulation, An In-depth Look at Combat Medic from Virtual Heroes

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Written By: Steve Melito
Thunderbolt Business Services

Combat Medic, a game-based system from Virtual Heroes, Inc., is a digital example of MedSim’s use in the U.S. military. This serious game from the Orlando-based division of Advanced Research Associates (ARA) helps prepare medical personnel to treat the top three causes of battlefield deaths: hemorrhage, airway management, and tension pneumothorax.

Steve Melito, a MedSim writer, recently interviewed Virtual Heroes Division Manager Randy Brown for an article in Combat & Casualty Care (C&CC) magazine. Brown was joined by Steve McIlwain, a senior producer. Excerpts from the interview appear in C&CC, but the full interview appears here on HealthySimulation.com.

1) What are some of the most important features and capabilities that you’d like readers to know about Combat Medic?

Combat Medic is the next step in serious gaming technology. We have effectively combined state-of-the-art game engine technology, medically accurate casualty conditions, and immersive environments, to create something truly special. To accommodate many training needs, we designed this application to deliver content through self-directed, team-based, and instructor-led training methods. Our overall goal was to prepare combat medics to treat the top three causes of preventable deaths on the modern battlefield: hemorrhage, airway management, and tension pneumothorax.

To maximize the learning benefit and scalability of the application, we integrated a robust difficulty system. This difficulty system introduces increasingly more challenging treatment scenarios. The system also increases the overall cognitive load of the participant by means of various distractions within the environment. The real-time, interactive immersion enables the cognitive load to resonate with the user. In theory, this translates to better handling of distractive elements encountered during real casualty treatment. Randomized variation of injuries aids in the neuroplasticity of the participant—they don’t just learn how to complete the training, they learn appropriate treatment methods.

A great feature of Combat Medic is its versatility. The application is highly customizable. For example, users may choose the contents and configuration of their aid bags; this stresses the importance of organization and preparation prior to casualty treatment, and it accommodates for varying equipment availability within the field. And Combat Medic is not only fantastic for individual training, but team training as well. During team exercises, users have the option to communicate using microphone-enabled headsets, which allows for effective team communication, triaging, and treatment coordination.

A critical component of any virtual training environment is performance assessment. We took a multi-pronged approach to assessment, to reach a larger demographic and to allow for different training environments. Our assessment system includes standard GO/NO GO performance criteria, casualty condition information, participant actions, and the ability to graphically view the casualty’s vitals throughout the scenario, as a function of elapsed scenario time. When a scenario is finished, participants and instructors can play the scenario back in full 3D with synchronized audio, to evaluate treatment performance and to identify areas for improvement.

Arguably the most important aspect of any training application is its accuracy. To achieve a true-to-life casualty physiological response during each scenario, we integrated our open-source BioGears® Physiology Engine. This validated engine accurately simulates the effects of participants’ actions on the casualty’s physiological condition. At the same time, it provides real-time casualty vitals with dynamic casualty behavior, based on the current physiological state.

Finally, a training application must be accessible. For Combat Medic to be easily available to medics around the world, it needs a relatively seamless method of deployment. For this, we use our proprietary Go Platform. Says Randy Brown, Virtual Heroes Division Manager, “the Go Platform is an exciting technology that combines simplified browser-based application delivery, virtual meeting spaces for mission briefing / debriefing discussions, interactive playback of training sessions, and modularity for future expansion.”

Read the full interview by clicking on the read more link below!

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