iSimulate Launches REALITi at IMSH 2017 – HealthySim Video Interview Series

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Launching our this year’s annual video interview series from the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare today we’re sharing our interview with iSimulate, who showcased their upcoming video recording system REALITi! There will be plenty of IMSH Trade Show floor interviews coming out over the next few weeks so stay tuned to our free simulation newsletter to catch them all!



REALITi is a new simulation ecosystem incorporating a patient simulator and video debriefing in a single system. REALITi launches May 4th and provides live stream wireless video, integrated live voting, dynamic 12 Lead ECG, mimicked proprietary monitors and defibrillators (like ZOLL), and a system that can grow and adapt with your simulation needs. REALITi was one of HealthySim’s “Top Fav” Products of IMSH 2017 so its definitely worth checking out!

Learn more at the iSimulate REALITi webpage!


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Southern California Simulation Collaborative Hosts TeleHealth Robotics and Laerdal Mini-SUN

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On Friday at Cal State LA about 50 Southern California Simulation Collaborative (SCSC) met for a day of simulation activities, starting with a presentation from CSL School of Health Lecturer Jane Hook MN RN about utilizing Telehealth robots in the simulation experience. The event was sponsored by Laerdal who helped to provide lunch for the participants.

The mobile telepresence was a product from Double Robotics device was controlled by an iPhone, which also provided the camera for the iPad like screen which represented Jane as she drove around the room. Following this the group moved to the simulation lab to watch how the telepresence robot moved into the room and engage with the simulated patient. For large rural areas, these devices will become more and more common as select medical personnel remain

The goals of the program to utilize TeleHealth were around promoting interprofessional education:

  • Allow students in different programs to participate in simulation together
  • Allow the pre-licensure student to communicate with a HCP and give report, take oders, read back, etc.
  • Incorporate telehehalth technologies.

Further reading: “Clinical applications: telenursing and medicine to monitor critical care patients”. (Trenary, K. (2007) iCare Intensive Care, Banner Healthcare, Arizone Nurse Mar2007. 60(20)p6.

Check out this case study from the Duke University School of Nursing highlighting the use of the Double Robotics telepresence mobile device.

Later in the afternoon meeting sponsor Laerdal provided a “mini” SUN, providing CEUs on various product showcases.

For more information check out these websites:

Southern California Simulation Collaborative

Double Robotics Telepresence Website

Cal State LA Nursing Simulation Center

Level 3 Healthcare Highlights Debriefing System SIMStation at IMSH 2016 – Video Interview

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySimulation.com was on hand to interview exhibitors to learn about innovative products and services in medical simulation. Today we continue our coverage with an interview with Level 3 Healthcare, experienced medical simulation program A/V integrators who are also distributing the Austraian-based SIMStation system. Learn more through our short interview below:

About Level 3 Healthcare

Level 3 Healthcare is a customer focused group of medical engineers trained in the process of integrating current audiovisual technology to medical work spaces, clinical training centers and simulation labs. Level 3 Healthcare provides advanced multimedia solutions in OR’s, ER’s, ED’s and medical education centers. This healthcare engineering group has pioneered designs in large anatomy labs, dental training facilities, telehealth initiatives, live HD video distribution, 3-D surgical theaters, recording, archiving, content management and video media retrieval systems.

Level 3 Healthcare’s core competency is integrating the myriad of medical, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system, curriculum or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their needs and curriculum and apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow and learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.’s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3-D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and telemedicine video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

About the SIMStation System

SIMStation is the most advanced high-end solution for video supported in situ simulation. SIMStation facilitates high-end simulations and debriefings of a quality previously only achievable in complex, stationary simulation centers. Plug ‘n’ simulate! The SIMStation in situ system is pre-engineered and already configured with all necessary hardware and software upon delivery. We have designed the system so that even people without specific technical know-how are able to assemble and operate it. Assembly of the system is very straightforward: one merely needs to connect each component and room to a single network cable. The entire assembly time takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on location and circumstances.

  • Training Room: 3 HD-quality cameras, 5 wireless microphones plus 1 ambient microphone Patient monitor capturing Control Room Voice-of-God, Voice-to-Trainer Full HD recording in 1080p, labelling of important scenes and checklists
  • Debriefing Room “Debriefing deluxe” with mobile HD projector and SIMStation
  • Tablet Live transmission of scenario in debriefing room

Learn more about Level 3 Healthcare and SIMStation!


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May 20th Webinar: How Mobile Tech Eliminates Disadvantages of a Centralized Simulation Recording System

On May 20th at 2PM EST SimGHOSTS will host yet another fantastic webinar entitled “How Mobile Tech Eliminates Disadvantages of a Centralized System” provided by SG15USA Silver Sponsor EMS.

Learn how to increase your technology utilization in this hour long webinar!

Date & Time: Wednesday May 20th 2PM EST

Registration: Sign up at SimGHOSTS.org

Presenters:

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Deb Danforth MS, ARNP, FAANP
Director of the Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D. and
TMH Clinical Skills and Simulation Center Associate Professor
Florida State University College of Medicine

James McCrea
Regional Sales Specialist
Education Management Solutions

Webinar Abstract:

Little is known about the use of mobile technology for performance-based assessment in decentralized locations. Florida State University, College of Medicine is one of the first schools to take Formative Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (FOSCEs) and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to faculty and students in six regional campuses and residency programs.

In this presentation, Deb Danforth MS, ARNP, FAANP, director of the Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D. and TMH Clinical Skills and Simulation Center and associate professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine and James McCrea, Regional Sales Specialist at EMS will talk about how the process of implementing OSCEs through mobile simulation training eliminates some of the disadvantages of a centralized program while providing many advantages.

They will also address the ease of integration between the mobile and centralized (enterprise) technologies. Ms. Danforth is an adult nurse practitioner at Neighborhood Health, where her clinical practice focuses on the primary care of African-American and Hispanic adults. She also is an instructor at the Florida AM University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy.

She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics including OSCEs, diabetes, hypertension, self-esteem in chemically impaired nurses, basic and advanced electrocardiography, and how to use the panoptic ophthalmoscope and macroview otoscope. She has also published numerous articles and book chapters.

Learn more & Register for the webinar on SimGHOSTS.org!

KWICKScreen Creates Mobile Temporary Walls for Increased Simulation Fidelity

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At ASPiH 2014 Nottingham I had a chance to see some new innovative products in the medical simulation space. One such product was the KWICK Screen, which is a versatile mobile wall which can help to section off areas or add background settings to help increase fidelity. After seeing the product in person I can attest that it is portable, retractable and printable do your specific needs!

About the Kwick Screen:

Currently used by over 110 trusts, the screens are 1.9m tall, pull out up to anything up to 3.5m in length. They also have a very small footprint for storage. Most recently we have supplied Prof. Kneebone at Imperial College simulation suite and Colette Laws-Chapman at Guys and St Thomas simulation centre.
 
The inner panels can be printed on both sides with any image, and zipped out and replaced in less than 5 minutes to enable quick transition between scenarios.  We have a selection of prints to choose from, and many customers choose to use bespoke images of wards in their own hospitals or images specific to their work.
 
We can also supply ipad and bluetooth speaker holders to place on the front of the screens so you can play ambient noise appropriate to the environment you are creating. The screen can also be used for front or rear projection purposes, and we can even make windows transparent!

Kwickscreen is the first real alternative to Hospital Curtains and Hospital Screens in over 100 years. The Kwickscreen has countless uses in healthcare, hospitality, and marketing; Its innovative design allows it to replace Room Dividers and Privacy Screens. Doctors and Hospitals love the KwickScreen because of its portability, its ability to be customized, and how easy it is to clean, thus enhancing the patient experience while also reducing the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections. The Kwickscreen is also used for emergency and disaster preparedness and response, converting open spaces into temporary triage areas or organizing patients in a hospital’s flu tent during flu season.

MEDICAL EDUCATION & SIMULATION: KwickScreen’s customizable screen panel can be printed with images of everyday and medical surroundings – perfect for creating realistic environments for training and simulation.

TEMPORARY SCREENING: Quickly and easily create partitions for crash situations or pop up side rooms for patients needing isolated care. Portable and retractable, KwickScreen has a small storage footprint when not in use.

PRIVACY & DIGNITY: Construct versatile, adaptable private areas within open-plan wards, with the option of adding printed designs to provide a more pleasant and comfortable, care environment.

PATIENT EXPERIENCE: Alongside solving specific space problems, printed KwickScreens significantly improve the patient experience by incorporating art and design into hospital environments.

Easy to Use

Changing the screens was as easy as unzipping and replacing the canvas. You can order from their library of images or send in your high-resolution photos to create any background you need! The system was easy to move, setup, teardown and clean and so I would recommend anyone looking to create temporary simulation environments consider learning more about this product.

Learn more at KWICKscreen’s Website! (Also available through Pocket Nurse)

iMedicalApps.com Physicians Review Mobile Medical Technology Apps

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iMedicalApps provides honest reviews of all the latest medical apps for healthcare professionals, patients and analysts interested in mobile technology. Their physician editors lead a team of physicians, allied health professionals, medical trainees, and mHealth analysts in providing reviews, research, and commentary of mobile medical technology. Their publication is heavily based on our their experiences in the hospital and clinic setting.

Their work has been recognized as experts in mobile health by the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Slate Magazine, American Medical News, and many other reputable media outlets. They have also been in various medical journals, such as the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the Journal of Surgical Oncology, the Journal of Surgical Radiology, and others.

Unlike other medical review and mHealth sites, the iMedicalApps Editors do not make medical apps and institute strict conflict-of-interest policies, enabling us to provide an unbiased view of mobile medical technology.

Why Critical Reviews Are A Must for Medical Mobile Tech:
Shannon O’Hern, McNamara Emergency Medicine Resident (@shannonomac) writes a blog and is also one of the reviwers on iMedicalApps. She shares on her post “A Critical Eye on Mobile Technology in Medicine” why there is a need for such a website, that reviews are supposed to be honest and critical, and how such apps can help new and experienced medical professionals and patients learn more about healthcare:

“So why do I think it’s worthwhile to review apps? As medical education embraces new technology, I think it’s essential for us to look at new resources like mobile apps with the same critical eye that we use for evaluating traditional resources like medical textbooks and peer reviewed publications. At the same time, this is a fantastic opportunity to experiment with new ways to use technology in teaching, independent learning, and clinical practice.

Can a medical apps make us better doctors? CPR Game is a great example of using technology to explore new ways of learning. This serious game simulates a cardiac arrest scenario and teaches resuscitation skills by encouraging players to identify and preform critical actions in a timely manner to save their patient. I found that playing this game helped me remember my resuscitation ABCs and keep a level head when working on medical codes. I look forward to seeing more fun, interactive teaching tools like this in medical education.

On the other hand, I reviewed some apps that I wouldn’t recommend to other physicians. Coags Uncomplicated seemed like a great free educational app at first glance, but in the end turned out to have a hidden agenda – it was created by a drug company to sell more drugs. I called out Emergency Medicine iQ, a board review app, for having inaccurate references and incorrect explanations.  I also question the role of some apps in clinical practice – is it safe to use an app with an automated ECG algorithm? I don’t think so.” Read the full article here.Clearly there is a great need for this resource as “not all apps are created equal”. Be sure to read these professional reviews first!

Read the reviews and get the latest Medical Apps at iMedicalApps.com!

Mobile “Pop Up” Simulation Lab From MDT

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Ever wish you could “pop up” a simulation room to provide training environments as you needed, where you needed? Check out this new innovative product called ProSIMex from MDT and Inaditus and Immersive Technologies. The MDT group is comprised of immersive technicians, IT programmers, web design specialists, educationalists, along with healthcare and business professionals. MDT Global Solutions provides “innovative products and training to the Medical, Disaster and Technical Rescue industry”.

About the Immersive Classroom:

Conceptually the team has designed a portable immersive classroom with live video on 3 walls which is interactive through touch wall technology. The team can create any environment in a 4×4 meter space including Street, riot, fire, road, house, ambulance, emergency department, theatre unit, intensive care, ward, or just about any other environment. All of which can be changed with the click of a mouse!

MDT Managing Director David Halliwell MSc Paramedic FIfL says “We are also linking proSIMex with other tools that we believe make for real learning including iSimulate’s ALSi.”

Learn more about this and other innovative ideas from MDT (include SimGranny) at the MDT Website!

SMOTS UK-Based A/V Recording Debriefing Platform

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While attending ASPiH 2013, aka the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, in Harrogate England I had a chance to talk with Gordon McLoughlin, Director at Scotia UK about SMOTS – a UK-based A/V Recording and Debriefing company. I was impressed by the companies unique mobile cart platform called the SC737 system, as well as the very small footprint of hardware the product needed to capture up to 24 camera feeds. Watch the video below to learn more about SMOTS and their products.

*Update: I just received word SMOTS will not be at IMSH this year

SMOTS continues to expand outside of the UK to the EU, the middle east and beyond. While not yet available in the United States – there has been talk of exploring the opportunity. If you are interested in seeing more of SMOTS in the States – be sure to visit their website and let them know it!

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Of course, you can learn more at SMOTS.org!

Medical Simulation Corporation Earns AHA Endorsement

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Medical Simulation Corporation’s SimSuite Simulation-Based Solutions have earned the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association for our work to save lives and reduce health care costs.

AHA’s endorsement is awarded to products and services that help hospitals and health care organizations achieve clinical and operational excellence. Simulation-Based Solutions from MSC allow health care providers to learn and practice clinical techniques in an immersive and realistic environment. MSC’s solutions help health care organizations enhance patient safety, control costs and improve overall quality of patient care.

One of the initial and main focus areas for the training program is sepsis, a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death. Sepsis–a major issue and concern for hospitals nationwide–kills more than 215,000 people each year in the U.S., which is more than the number of deaths attributed to auto accidents, breast cancer or AIDS. The annual cost of treating sepsis in the U.S. exceeds $16 billion.

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For example, one of MSC’s hospital partners recently achieved a 63 percent reduction in sepsis-associated mortality. In the words of our client, “This is the first time we’ve dropped. We’ve been running in the high 20 percent mortality for a long time. Additionally, due to early recognition and treatment on the floor, admissions from the floor to the ICU have decreased from 10.7 percent to 4.8 percent of patients,” said Debbie Sober, RN, ICU director, Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (Monterey, California) commenting on the drop in sepsis-associated mortality from 29.6 percent to 10.8 percent following the implementation of the SimSuite Sepsis Program.

You can download the full AHA Endorsement of MSC Press Release here for more info, and visit the Medical Simulation Corporation website!

HealthBeat Covers Disruptive Healthcare Technology

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Yesterday HealthySimulation.com took part in HealthBeat 2013, a 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.

“HealthBeat 2013 is a new event exploring “Smart Hospitals” and “Smart Practices,” the focal point of where technology is disrupting health care. The event also covers how “Smart Patients” fit in. Patients are now equipped with a library of web stats and tools, giving them more control over how they get medical care.

HealthBeat will help decision makers — CIOs at hospitals, physicians, 
providers, insurers — understand what technologies are most effectively 
transforming health care in 2013 and beyond. It will also help business leaders 
assess the multi-billion dollar market opportunities in this sector.”

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David Levin, MD and Chief Medical Information Officer of Cleveland Clinic Health System helped open yesterday morning’s session highlighting the changes coming to the U.S. Healthcare system and what that will mean for technology-based entrepreneurs. David reminded us that from the dawn of humankind until 2003, our collective data output was equivalent to about 5 exobytes of data (thats a 5 with 18 zeros after it). Highlighting why we are “at the beginning of the beginning” David then shared “but since 2003, we now create about 5 exobytes of data every 2 days”!

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Thus, “We are all immigrants entering a new country and a new age. Change is coming as we transition from a volume-based system to a value-based system, where people get paid based on the results, quality of care, efficiency, and how satisfied our patients are.” Paralleling the continual tension of simulation technology in healthcare settings, David shared that Cleveland Clinic desired a “stable use for ongoing operational use of technology but expected a continuous disruption through constant innovation”.  I agree as I have experienced first-hand how running a simulation based learning environment always requires disruptions since technology changes so rapidly.

You can read the rest of Rebecca Grant’s coverage of David’s session including his breakdown of the 3 P’s for the future of Healthcare: Personalization, Population-Based, and Pervasive.

When asked if there was a generational gap with the utilization of technology in healthcare Gunnar Trommer VP of Marketing at Sotera Wireless did not believe so suggesting “It can be done. Integrating technology requires a culture of patient safety from the administrative level”. To approach such utilization Gunner recommended further “Drive the behavior by not just explaining the what, but the why – and publicly post outcomes of technology use so that everyone can see the benefits”.

Yesterday primarily covered big-data analysis opportunities, risks and regulations as well as mobile app business ventures in the space. Sean Cassidy VP and GM, Premier Data Alliance at Premier suggested that EHRs will soon become recommendation tools with datasets available across multiple-platforms – providing assistance to both healthcare providers and patients.

I was surprised to see that medical simulation did not have more of a presence at the event and made the recommendation to consider our rapidly expanding community for future HealthBeat meetings.

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Other great HealthBeat 2013 coverage:
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