Syndaver Showcases Synthetic Cadaver and EMS SimulationIQ Partnership at IMSH 2016

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In this video interview from the IMSH 2016 exhibit hall, we learn more about a new partnership between Syndaver and EMS SimulationIQ to increase the learning opportunities for those that are educating healthcare learners with synthetic cadavers. Watch this exclusive HealthySimulation.com video interview from the trade show floor to learn more about Syndaver’s Anatomy Model and this new A/V recording / statistics capturing partnership with EMS SimulationIQ:

About the New Partnership:

During the three-day conference the two companies will demonstrate what they believe to be the most medically accurate and comprehensive medical training simulation system built to date. This system will utilize a combination of SynDaver’s flagship Synthetic Patient model and EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ operating platform.


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The SynDaver Synthetic Human is the most life-like synthetic human mannequin ever created, while EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ platform provides software and equipment that drives the entire simulation process and provides feedback, debriefings and audio and visual playbacks.

“We are excited to form this partnership with SynDaver Labs,” said Anurag Singh, CEO of EMS. “By integrating with these mannequins, SIMULATIONiQ customers are able to analyze and assess data over time, enabling our customers to better track the progression of learning.”

By forming this partnership, SynDaver Labs and EMS hope to establish a new standard for medical simulation training systems and better prepare students in the healthcare industry for real-world medical emergencies and patient-care protocols.

“We are constantly looking for ways to provide better products to our clients, and this new partnership with EMS will allow us to do exactly that,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, President and founder of SynDaver Labs. “We are thrilled to begin demonstrating the SIMULATIONiQ platform in conjunction with our Synthetic Human at IMSH, and know this is a step in the right direction for the medical education industry as a whole.”

Learn more about Syndaver and EMS SimulationIQ!


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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!

Video Enhances Nursing & Interprofessional Healthcare Education

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Freelance writer Marcia Frellick recently shared this article on Nurse.com entitled “Video enhances interprofessional education”, and in an age where an estimated 400,000 patient deaths occur to due to medical error in the United States alone each year — we need every tool possible to help improve the educational process. Simulation obviously plays a huge role with professional healthcare education, and the importance of utilizing video recordings should never been undermined. Frellick shares that using the video systems, learners reflected on their own performance and realized “I need to speak up” and “I need to find my voice.”

Nurse.com Article Excerpt

Interprofessional training has gained prominence in the RN-to-BSN program at Drexel University in Philadelphia with a 10-week program launched in fall 2015 focusing on patient safety. Nurses watch video scenarios with actors including anesthesiologists, surgeons and other care providers from several disciplines, and use online simulation to respond as a nurse in a specific emergency.

Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, provides an example from the course: A patient arrives for a routine procedure. A nurse is working with an anesthesiologist who can’t access the airway but brushes aside the nurse’s concerns that the patient has been hypoxic for too long. The nurse sees the anesthesiologist is not following protocol. The nurse must use the TeamSTEPPS model — a system developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that encourages open communication and calling out procedure violations.

Nurses in the class videotape themselves and submit their responses. Members comment as a group and rate the responses. “A problem with claims and suits against nurses is failure to act,” Donnelly said. “This program raises the nurse’s level of awareness of her obligation to speak up. Your license is on the line.”

Video is the Future

Consider that the costs associated with a/v recording and video performance analysis will continue to decrease as the technology continues to improve. Mix that with research that proves that video recording increases provider performance and the future of healthcare starts to become more clear. Read our post about the JAMA research which showed a 31% increase in surgical performance with video recording. More on this important topic shortly!

Read the full article on Nurse.com!


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Washington Post Highlights B-Line Medical & President Hartley Thompson

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A fantastic behind-the-scenes look at the leadership behind B-Line Medical, one of the world’s most innovative groups behind medical simulation recording technologies, by Thomas Heath of The Washington Post. This insider look reveals the challenges and successes that have defined the company, from startup to now over 70 employees worldwide.

Having met many of the team from B-Line Medical I can attest that they are innovative people dedicated to improving learning outcomes at simulation centers around the world. HealthySimulation.com had the opportunity to interview B-Line Medical Co-Founder Chafic Kazoun about the latest innovations unveiled at IMSH 2016 — and as I am every year — I left impressed! Stay tuned for more but in the mean time check out this great article:

“Thompson grew up in the Bahamas, in Freeport. His easygoing nature belies his ambition. His parents pushed him early on to learn the importance of money and entre­pre­neur­ship. His father has started various businesses. His mother owns an event-planning company. “My dad really pushed me and my brothers to go out and make your own money,” he said. “At 8 years old, we started a window-washing and car-washing business.”

“I fell in love with just providing a service to somebody and a product and actually getting paid for it,” he said. He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on scholarship, graduating with a degree in management information systems.

Thompson joined B-Line Medical in 2007 as employee No. 12. The company was 18 months old. He found the job on CareerBuilder.com. “We were not making money when I got here,” he said. “Like any start-up, we were having lean days. Some bills didn’t get paid.”

Thompson’s plan was to get experience, then start his own company in a few years. But he loved B-Line. “I just showed a passion for the business and a hunger to take on more responsibility and keep learning,” said Thompson, who has a master’s degree in information management from the University of Maryland. B-Line’s breakthrough came when its technology was purchased by Washington University in St. Louis and by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

“When we landed those two, things started snowballing,” Thompson said.”

Read the full article on The Washington Post website

Forecast 2016 for Google Glass in Healthcare From Dr. Schijven

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Innovative Professor Dr. Schijven, Professor of Surgery and Chair of Simulation and Serious Gaming at the University of Amsterdam, shares in this LinkedIn post about the healthcare forecast for Google Glass in 2016! Having been an early adopter of Google Glass in 2013, and one of the pioneers of the device in surgery, Dr. Schijven is a great source of information for those simulation champions exploring the potential of this new technology.

From Dr. Schijven:

“So what can we expect in 2016 for Glass? This Edition of Google Glass seems particularly designed to help us medics in the workplace. The new, rebooted version has a more robust build, a larger glass prism, a faster Intel Atom processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi for more bandwidth-intensive tasks such as video streaming, and a more rugged and waterproof design. Additionally, it and has a hinge that allows it to fold and is built to withstand bumps and bruises.

The power button has been moved from its awkward location on the inside to the back of the device, and the front light comes on when the camera is being used. The device is waterproof and closed-off. And do I see a CE-marking printed on the temple? Now there are concerns too. Unfortunately, the camera remains to be placed at the upper outer of the bow next to the prism. For surgeons this is a problem indeed. As surgeons tend to focus on the procedure itself – they are unlikely to focus on ‘shooting the optimal footage’ for educational or colleagues opinion. Unless the new design is augmented with an angled prism aiming at focus point of the eyes, video footage will be out of center point of the viewing angle. Futhermore, the balance of the device is puzzeling me.

Aside from the upgrades in this Edition, for me it is the next logical step reminding us that professional applications for the device are continuously being built and refined by Google’s official Glass at Work partners -many of them particularly focusing on the healthcare market.”

There have been recent rumors of a Google Glass Enterprise or “work edition” but nothing concrete just yet.

Read the whole post by Dr.Schijven on LinkedIn!


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Learn How SimCapture From B-Line Medical Improves Healthcare Performance

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With the last day of 2015 upon us I am sharing a recent video from B-Line Medical about how their SimCapture units help to capture important data for your simulation recorded experiences.

B‑Line Medical makes software that helps healthcare professionals and educators improve the delivery of healthcare. Focused on the capture, debriefing, and assessment of medical training and clinical events, B‑Line Medical specializes in the delivery of robust, yet easy-to-use web-based platforms. Our software has helped over 450 top hospitals, medical schools, and nursing programs in 23 countries operate and manage their training and QI programs more effectively.

What Makes SimCapture Unique? This short tutorial video above shares why every medical simulation education program can benefit from SimCapture. SimCapture elegantly packages recording, debriefing, curriculum, tracking, operations, and center management into a scalable, powerful, and easy-to-use product.

  • Multi-angle capture – SimCapture provides the most flexible solution in the industry, offering the ability to capture multiple video angles, real medical devices, and any simulator’s patient monitor or surgical view.
  • Debrief from anywhere – Stream live or debrief post from anywhere without having to install any third party software. Simply open a browser and click “join” or “play.”
  • Integrate with any simulator – Whether it is through seamless data integration, medical device capture or curriculum, SimCapture can integrate with any simulator. Taking a simulator agnostic approach has always served our clients best.
  • Assess and build portfolios – Reports and statistics can be generated locally or remotely, for an individual learner or entire class, to provide a thorough understanding of your program’s utilization, trends, and ROI.
  • Customizable security – SimCapture has customizable roles and organizational security to accommodate the needs of any institution, even if your center is used by multiple departments or you rent it out to external programs.
  • Universal video support – SimCapture is the only solution that allows users to leverage any camera type. Whether your cameras are analog, web, IP, HD or even Google Glass, SimCapture ingests any combination of feeds and creates a single, unified view.

Learn all about SimCapture on B-Line Medical’s website and Have a Happy New Years!

Low Cost DIY Healthcare Simulation Recording / Debriefing AV System

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The “Low Cost Sim” Team that brought you “Free Vital Sign Simulator” also has a DIY buildout for an affordable A/V recording & debriefing system. If you have a bit of tech experience and looking for a low cost temporary, or pilot, A/V system then this might be the solution for you. Remember, tech support will be limited during your installation, operation, and repair so keep that in mind when experimenting with new technologies that are “DIY”.

About the System:

“If you don’t have the big money, but are not satisfied with just a video camera, here’s the solution for you: The LoCo-A/V system! For a total cost of about 1000-2000$ you will get a four angle “quad-split” video recording plus audio. You can even add your vital sign monitor to the quad-split. The system is built out of widely available hardware and free video capture software. In my experience it works very well without any glitches so far!”

What you need:

  • Hardware:
    • A fast computer, preferably a multi-core processor
    • Up to four webcams (you should use different makes and models to avoid conflicts)
    • USB-extension cables
    • A microphone with extension cables (optional)
    • A video capture card (optional, should be supported by FFsplit)
  • Software
    • FFSplit for recording (free)
    • VLC Media Player for playback (free)

The page goes into detail with links to the components you need, and a tutorial on how to set it all up. Learn how to build this affordable AV setup today by visiting

The Low Cost Sim Website


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Mayo Clinic: Over 600 Factors Contribute to Never Events

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A recent LinkedIn share by Doug Beighle, President COO of Simulab and Mercy written by the Mayo Clinic on how “More Than 600 Factors Contribute to Never Events” hosted by SurgicalProductsMag.com.

Article Excerpt:

Why are major surgical errors called “never events?” Because they shouldn’t happen — but do. Mayo Clinic researchers identified 69 never events among 1.5 million invasive procedures performed over five years and detailed why each occurred. Using a system created to investigate military plane crashes, they coded the human behaviors involved to identify any environmental, organizational, job and individual characteristics that led to the never events. Their discovery: 628 human factors contributed to the errors overall, roughly four to nine per event. The study results are published in the journal Surgery.

The never events included performing the wrong procedure (24), performing surgery on the wrong site or wrong side of the body (22), putting in the wrong implant (5), or leaving an object in the patient (18). All of the errors analyzed occurred at Mayo; none were fatal.

The Mayo Rochester campus rate of never events over the period studied was roughly 1 in every 22,000 procedures. Because of inconsistencies in definitions and reporting requirements, it is hard to find accurate comparison data, but a recent study based upon information in the National Practitioner Data Bank estimated that the rate of such never events in the United States is almost twice that in this report, approximately 1 in 12,000 procedures.

Nearly two-thirds of the Mayo never events occurred during relatively minor procedures such as anesthetic blocks, line placements, interventional radiology procedures, endoscopy and other skin and soft tissue procedures.

Medical teams are highly skilled and motivated, yet preventing never events entirely remains elusive, says senior author Juliane Bingener, M.D., a gastroenterologic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. The finding that factors beyond “cowboy-type” behavior were to blame points to the complexity of preventing never events, she says.

“What it tells you is that multiple things have to happen for an error to happen,” Dr. Bingener says. “We need to make sure that the team is vigilant and knows that it is not only OK but is critical that team members alert each other to potential problems. Speaking up and taking advantage of all the team’s capacity to prevent errors is very important, and adding systems approaches as well.

To investigate the never events, the researchers used human factors analysis, a system first developed to investigate military aviation accidents.”

Read the Full Article on SurgicalProductMag.com!

B-Line Medical Seeks Product Marketing Manager in Washington D.C. Office

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B-Line Medical is seeking a Product Marketing Manager to work out of their Washington D.C. office!

About The Company:

B‑Line Medical makes software that helps healthcare professionals and educators improve the delivery of healthcare. Focused on the capture, debriefing, and assessment of medical training and clinical events, B‑Line Medical specializes in the delivery of robust, yet easy-to-use web-based solutions. Our software has helped over 350 top hospitals, medical schools, and nursing programs in 17 countries operate and manage their training and QI programs more effectively.

Our Mission Statement is to enhance medical simulation training and improve patient safety by providing the best tools for data capture, visualization, and analysis.Improve Patient Safety.

About the Job:

B-Line Medical is seeking a Product Marketing Manager. The Product Marketing Manager is responsible for the development and execution of the overall brand marketing strategy for B-Line Medical’s products and services. This includes defining the competitive landscape, product positioning/messaging, market intelligence, customer experience, sales enablement, campaigns, lead generation programs, and events driving client awareness, interest, and sales opportunities.

What you will be doing:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of B-Line Medical’s market
  • Define and implement product marketing plan, and drive all ongoing marketing activities
  • Develop product positioning and messaging that differentiates B-line Medical’s products in the market by understanding customer needs, product roadmap, market trends, and competitive forces
  • Continually perform competitive analysis and adjust product marketing strategy when necessary to ensure that B-Line Medical remains the market leader
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of product marketing materials which includes product collateral, website content, social media, case studies, demos, white papers, videos and presentations
  • Develop and manage a small Product Marketing team
  • Collaborate with Sales Team to develop landing pages, emails, collateral, and content/promotional pieces that convert recipients and visitors into leads
  • Create high-value customer reference stories to support key sales, marketing, and launch initiatives
  • Develop and implement a sales enablement program that includes messaging training, competitive counter-tactics, and product education
  • Establish continuous feedback loop with Product Management to influence the product development roadmap when market analysis reveals product deficiencies
  • Plan and lead product/feature launches across multiple departments (Sales, Engineering, Product Management, Customer Support, Product Training)
  • Manage all industry conference logistics, and establish more effective and consistent process for pre/post conference approach (including shipping, promotion, and post-conference follow-up

Desired Skills and Experience

What B-Line Medical is seeking:

  • B.A./B.S. in Marketing, Business, or related fields required
  • M.B.A/M.A./M.S a plus
  • 5+ years of experience marketing products for a B2B software or technology company
  • 2+ years direct experience with planning and executing  product marketing strategy for a B2B software or technology company
  • Experience in either medical simulation marketing, healthcare/hospital technology marketing or SaaS software marketing a plus
  • Proven experience in building innovative, proactive, high-impact marketing campaigns for software products utilizing all relevant channels and media, and aligning strategy with business goals
  • Demonstrated ability to set, measure, and improve marketing metrics
  • Experience driving product and feature launches, and go-to-market strategy
  • Proven experience in managing a team and growing junior team members
  • Experience with Hubspot and Salesforce.com
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to influence across organizational lines
  • Highly organized and disciplined
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Self-motivated and able to execute with minimal management oversight in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and complex issues
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving ability

Learn More & Apply on the B-Line Medical Website!

Noldus Brings Diverse Range of Recording & Debriefing Systems to Medical Simulation

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At IMSH 2015 I met with Niek Wilmink about a/v recording and performance analysis solutions from Noldus, a company which has a long history of recording performance analysis systems outside of just medical simulation, and which is based in the Netherlands. For medical simulation they offer two different systems, “Viso” for quick and easy capture and “The Observer” for complex performance analysis. Big in Europe, Noldus has started to expand their products and services across North America.

“Simulating events adds to our understanding of human behavior for example when under stress. A simulated operating room can provide a secure environment for training and evaluation: new protocols or high-tech tools can be tested and different scenarios can be simulated. A variety of data such as video streams, information from movement sensors, physiological data, and more can easily be integrated in a Noldus’ solution (medical simulation software: Viso and The Observer XT).”

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Observer:

Code behavior in an accurate and quantitative way. Integrate video, audio, eye tracking, physiology, and more. Calculate statistics and assess reliability. Code on-the-go using a handheld with Pocket Observer.

The Observer XT supports the entire workflow of your project, from setting up to gathering and analyzing the observational data. You can extend your system with different modules, uASQ for questionnaires, Pocket Observer for on-the-go scoring, and Coder Licenses for efficient research.

More than 20,000 professionals around the world are using The Observer XT for advancing their research, testing, and training. The Observer XT is used worldwide at universities, research institutes, along with leading companies in many markets.

Viso is a multi-room, multi-video recording suite:

  • Highly scalable: depending on your requirements, Viso can be configured for two to an unlimited number of rooms.
  • Video and screen recording: up to 4 IP cameras can be recorded in perfect sync. You can even add a screen capture enabling recording of a computer monitor in sync with the video/audio streams.
  • Quick debriefing: set markers via a simple key press and add comments at any time.
  • Instant debriefing: Because there is no delay in the debriefing, the educator’s attention can be completely focused on the learners’ behavior.
  • Centralized control: independent recording from multiple rooms using a single software license.

Learn more at the Noldus Medical Simulation Webpage today!