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!


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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!

Exclusive First Look of SimCapture X from B-Line Medical!

From our IMSH 2015 Video Series, I connect with Chafic Kazoun, Co-Founder and CTO of B-Line Medical, who shared about their upcoming release of SimCapture X. Note: the video interview above is a early version of the new software and is not yet widely available. In this exclusive interview, HealthySimulation.com gets a sneak peek of their future SimCapture X platform — check out the video to see for yourself.

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Why the X? That’s easy enough, B-Line Medical celebrates their 10th anniversary this year! With so many years of medical simulation a/v recording and debriefing experience behind them, the B-Line Medical development team redesigned the SimCapture Generated User Interface (GUI) to reflect on what customers are using most. In other words, they have analyzed the use data from the past 10 years and are recreating SimCapture with an even better understanding of what we as simulation champions really want.

What I saw was a really optimized version of SimCapture, with key functionality now immediately available from the home-screen. Recent debriefings, key metrics, and relevant schedule information are all right there. Navigation is simplified with new global buttons available at any time. Exporting scenarios, including data and video, and sharing them with other SimCapture customers is also very easy to do.

Explained by B-Line Medical: “SimCapture X is the next generation SimCapture platform currently in development. The new platform will combine all of the best pieces of the industry’s most trusted video capture solution with ahead of the curve technology and the insight and feedback gleaned from our 10 years of industry experience. Notable improvements include seamless integration of Simulation and Standardized Patient programs, a fully tablet compatible interface, and a redesigned look that streamlines and simplifies center workflows.”

A very interesting note from Chafic was that SimCapture X will still offer on premises installs, but will also have the potential for cloud-based operation. Chafic predicts that eventually most simulation programs will prefer a reduction of localized hardware requirements in favor of cloud-based platforms. Can’t wait for that future to be here!

SimCapture Provides:

Video Capture & Distribution
  • Browser-based and network accessible
  • Record and stream video and medical device data
  • Live and post scenario review from anywhere
  • Automated video capture and management
  • HD video and audio linked to participants
  • Pre-defined and free text annotations
Curriculum & User Management
  • Manage and administer instructional content
  • Web-based and collaborative evaluation builder
  • Automated user portfolio assembly and tracking
  • Create, filter, re-calculate and release reports
  • Scheduling, self-enrollment and notifications
Operations Management
  • Streamline the setup and management of OSCEs
  • Automate large-scale simulation events from a single dashboard
  • Center asset management and conflict notifications
  • Outlook and Google Calendar integration
  • Advanced search and data mining capabilities

Information about SimCapture X is limited for now, but stay tuned to BlineMedical.com for more upcoming announcements!

GoPro Unveils 4K Resolution Camera: Hero4

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GoPro, the makers of the world’s most popular HD personal camera, recently unveiled their Hero4 which records at an incredible 4K resolution. Why is this so important? Well, as we all know technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and at this point, none of us would be comfortable watching our favorite shows on a black and white 6″ TV screen. Think about the resolution quality of DVDs at 720 pixels by 480 pixels which are almost phased out being replaced by BluRay. Contrast that with the resolution of 4K which is at an astounding 4096 pixels x 2160 pixels.

Look at the breakdown below at the difference between pixel ratios between various types of media. Our current high “standard” is 1080p HD which you will find on most new TV flatscreen TVs. Imagine four of those 1080p TVs together and then some packed into the same size screen – thats 4K!

4k-resolution simulation(Click photo for on-screen example)

What does this mean for healthcare simulation?

Consider being able to read the label on the simulated medication, or the tick mark on the syringe with the amount of medication to be administered. Or consider the level of detail surgeons will be able to work through with higher resolution screens for training. As advanced simulation attempts to mimic real experiences with the highest level of fidelity, recording and presenting those engagements to learners in the highest quality possible will always been an important element towards success. While this level of technology is not required to run medical simulations effectively, the trend to utilize the latest in a/v technologies will eventually make 4K the standard in healthcare — and that we can now do that with a personal camera like the GoPro Hero4 is a huge shift towards mass adoption of such technologies, which previously were extremely cost-prohibitive. Just like the first clinical manikins were!

About the Hero4 Black:

Introducing HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever. Featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates,1 HERO4 Black takes Emmy® Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. New Protune™ settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) with 12MP photos at a blistering 30 frames per second and improved audio,1 HERO4 Black is the ultimate life-capture solution.

Check out the latest GoPro video to see 4K in action. Note: To see the true potential of 4K, I suggest loading this video full screen and making sure the playback quality is set to 4K in the settings options located on the gear lowered right.


(Load this video in full screen and set 4K as the Quality)

Since the holidays are coming up, I know what’s going to be on my list for this year! Get your GoPro Hero4 Black through amazon today:

Does your sim program already utilize GoPro cameras? Email us and let us know all about it!