SimforHealth Introduces MedicActiV: Innovative Platform to Create & Share Virtual Clinical Cases, at SESAM 2017 Paris

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During the opening of SESAM 2017 in Paris this week, SimforHealth is unveiling MedicActiV, an innovative new platform to consult, create & share virtual clinical cases. Learn how for a LIMITED TIME you can gain free access to this new global resource by reading more below…

We all know there is a gap between theoretical clinical training and physicians’ real-life experience. Students and health professionals must be given the opportunity to work on as many real-life cases as possible, before facing a real patient. Current classical training methods do not fit the rapid growth of medical knowledge. And clearly, medical education needs more realistic and immersive instructional technologies to prepare tomorrow’s clinicians.

SimforHealth, a leading provider of virtual solutions for medical education has created a new way to enhance medical education: The MedicActiV Platform.

MedicActiV is a digital simulation platform, like an international library of virtual clinical cases in any discipline. Healthcare education institutions or healthcare professionals can consult them, and also have the opportunity to create their own virtual clinical case with MedicActiV authoring tool. Once created, they can share it on the platform.


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The best way to understand how a virtual clinical case looks like on that platform is to watch a video of a vascular medicine case created with the cooperation of Doctor Aalami, Clinical Associate Professor and Vascular Surgeon at the prestigious University of Stanford Medicine. This video is a great way to understand the potential of MedicActiV’s and its compatibility with virtual reality using HTC Vive.

With this launch of the new version of the MedicActiV platform, SimforHealth calls healthcare professionals and institutions to participate in the project, by creating virtual clinical cases and sharing them with the healthcare community. Such a global resource can quickly increase the volume and quality of international medical knowledge.

Those attending SESAM 2017 Paris should stop by SimforHealth Booth EX31 to demo MedicActiV.

Gain FREE access to the system and its already strong library of resources until September!

Learn more on the MedicActiV.com website today!


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137 Free Clinical Simulation Scenarios From Health Education England Thames Valley

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Check out over 135 free medical simulation scenarios from Health Education England – Thames Valley! Covering a wide range of disciplines, these free healthcare simulation scenarios provides pdf’s with background information, patient charts, case flow charts, debriefing points, feedback forms, and more.

About the Free Scenario Library

Health Education England – Thames Valley (HEE TV) is committed to providing high-quality educational resources for our clinicians. Simulation training is recognized as an extremely useful teaching method and has become commonplace in many specialties. HEE TV has developed a ‘Clinical Simulation Scenarios’ library, comprising 137 detailed scenarios, split into eight categories:

  • Anesthetics
  • Core Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Foundation
  • General Practice
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency Medicine

Scenarios include links to areas of the relevant curriculum and provide clear instructions for faculty and ‘in-scenario personnel’ to follow. Scenarios have been designed in order to focus on aspects of clinical care that are often challenging for clinicians, for example, difficult conversations, clinical emergencies and technical skills.

HEE TV encourages collaboration with other interested bodies, and permits copying, distribution and derivation of content within the ‘Clinical Simulation Scenarios’ library in accordance with Creative Commons ‘Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 3.0’ license.

Visit the HEE TV website to download all the clinical simulation scenarios for free! 

Click here for even more free medical simulation scenarios from HealthySim!

SimCore Provides Cloud-Based Simulation Program Management Software

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Continuing our IMSH 2016 Video Interview series today we take a closer look at SimCore, which provides a program management cloud based software platform as well as expertise in simulation center planning and design. Watch our interview with SimCore Founder Brian Gillet MD, who has directed numerous simulation programs and brings his experience to this comprehensive program to learn more! (Note: Sadly there was a bit too much brightness on the computer screen during the interview to see all the software features so be sure to check out the website to learn more through the link below).

Fostering Excellence in Healthcare Performance:

SimCore’s mission is to advance clinical simulation by providing highly efficient tools to develop and deploy scenarios, manage workflow, support training and implementation, and to enable cross-disciplinary collaboration within the simulation community. The SimCore System is 100% web-based and designed to be IT and network friendly. Simcore was built from the ground up to provide a powerful tool than can be securely accessed from anywhere on any device.

Create: With the cloud-based Scenario Designer, easily standardize, create, edit and run your scenarios anywhere — even from a smart phone. Hundreds of radiographs, ECG’s, educational diagrams and real-motion ultrasounds are available for integration into your scenarios through the Media Gallery – or upload your own. The Scenario Designer allows for standardizing template elements across all of your scenarios.

Schedule: Efficiently schedule and coordinate simulation sessions within an institution or across a healthcare network with the Calendar. Integration with other calendar programs such as Outlook, iCal, Google and smart devices occurs in the background, sending calendar invites to participants, instructors and helpers.

Run: Serve your scenario content—such as clinical history, labs, radiographs, and critical actions—to a screen within the screen- or mobile device-simulation control room during live sessions. Integrate a digital assessment form into any simulation and track participant performance in real time.

Track & Analyze: The system calculates and normalizes ratings so that you can easily track learner or instructor progress as well as validate and improve scenarios. Display valuable metrics with charts and graphs for high yield reporting.

Connect: Harness the power of collective wisdom by browsing and importing scenarios across the SimCore community. As others create scenarios, they become available for users to customize without overwriting the original—even revisions can be imported.

Learn more about SimCore software and services on their website today!


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Free Simulation Faculty Training Tools & Scenarios from UW

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Today I am sharing a great free resource for clinical faculty of healthcare simulation programs put together by the University of Washington’s Health Sciences Interprofessional Education group with a grant from HRSA.

About UW’s Sim Center & Resource Website:

The University of Washington’s Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of openness and commitment to furthering collaboration between the different health care professions. The Center’s core faculty and staff are multidisciplinary health sciences faculty and clinicians from Dentistry, MEDEX, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy who are passionate about advancing interprofessional communication to improve patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare.

This website is intended to be a resource for faculty and clinical educators and students. For faculty and clinical educators: Online modules teach the latest technologies and techniques for designing and enhancing an e-learning course, designing and implementing simulation in your curriculum, using telehealth to enhance communication, using informatics to manage and communicate data, learning team communication strategies and more. For students: Learn more about interprofessional learning and research opportunities at the University of Washington, including current courses, upcoming training activities, the University’s IHI Open School Chapter for patient safety and quality improvement, and the Center’s upcoming events.

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Free Healthcare Simulation Faculty Toolkits Available Include:

  • Interprofessional Simulation Team Training Faculty Toolkit
  • Faculty Development IPE Training Toolkit
  • Scenario Building and Library
  • Tools for Evaluation
  • Debriefing Tools
  • HEET V Nursing Simulation Scenarios

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Free Lessons on How to Teach with Medical Simulation:

  • Sim 101: Introduction to Clinical Simulation
  • Sim 102: Pedagogical Approaches in Simulation for Developing Critical Thinking
  • Sim 103: Designing and Writing a Simulation Scenario
  • Sim 104: Briefing and Debriefing—The Key to Learning in Simulation
  • Sim 201: How to Evaluate Learning Using Simulation
  • Sim 202: Matching Human Patient Simulators to Clinical Educational Outcomes
  • Sim 203: Bringing Realism to Simulation
  • Sim 204: Designing and Leading IPE Sessions

Additional resources include simulation publications, presentation slides, IPE specific content, dental program toolkits, e-learning toolkits and ultrasound toolkits.

Visit UW’s Collaborate website for the free simulation toolkits or learning how to teach with simulation!

Education Management Solutions Expands Brand into “Simulation IQ” – Founder Video Interview from IMSH 2014

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Continuing our video interview coverage of the Vendor Exhibit Hall during the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare 2014, today we are highlighting our talk with Education Management Solutions Founder and CEO Anurag Singh, about the history of EMS, the new “Simulation IQ” branding and new unveiled products at the event.

Anurag explained that EMS started by providing A/V recording of Clinical Skills Assessments for Standardized Patient engagements. Originally when this company began, instructors were either using VCR tape decks or pieces of paper to record these engagements — so clearly the technology has evolved quite rapidly. Anurag then shared that because there has been so many variations of the technology that Education Management Solutions has decided to rebrand all of its products and services under the new umbrella name of “SIMULATIONiQ”. He suggested that the new brand represents not only the data being gathered by these recording platforms but also what the knowledge that it can bring its users.

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Also at the event Simulation IQ unveiled CaseMaster:

SIMULATIONiQ CaseMaster, is a unique cloud-based training tool that enables medical practitioners at every level to master new skills – or polish old ones – through recurring practice, instant feedback, and assessment. CaseMaster is EMS’ first crowd-sourced tool for simulation based mastery learning, enabling a community of authors to collaborate and create numerous medical cases based on actual care pathways. Learners can practice for hours at a time, from anywhere, on any device – with no physical medical simulation center or mannequin required.

SIMULATIONiQ CaseMaster Enables:

  • Authors to quickly modify and create a series of cases with variations from a single index case.
  • Collaboration among authors to create a large number of simulation cases for deliberate practice.
  • Learners to acquire skill sets in a shorter period of time by practicing on a variety of cases.
  • Learners to attain mastery through a combination of repetition and deliberate practice using simulation through immediate guidance and feedback.
  • Educators to test, educate, and refine techniques that will allow learners to achieve a level of mastery quickly.

Learn more at CaseMaster and more about EMS at the new SimulationIQ.com website!


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ALSi From iSimulate Affordably Increases Medical Simulation Fidelity

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iSimulate has designed ALSi to reduce medical simulation equipment costs while increasing scenario fidelity. Recently I had a chance to talk with iSimulate representative and Sim Tech guru Chad Lukens at The Center for Innovation in Medical Simulation at the San Jose State University about the ALSi system, developed to affordably increase patient monitor fidelity for low and mid-range manikins, standardized patients, or task trainers.  Watch the video below for my interview and complete screen-captured product breakdown.

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Product Features:

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  • Powerful Facilitator Monitor
  • Sophisticated, Realistic Vitals Monitor
  • Smart & Easy to use Scenario Builder
  • Over 50 ECG, BP and Sats Waveforms
  • Over 20 Additional Parameter Settings
  • Realistic Trending of Vitals over Time
  • Virtual Time
  • Countdown Timer
  • Defibrillator Mode
  • AED Mode
  • Instant CPR and PEA Simulation
  • Auto NIBP

Interview:

Lance: Chad, what is iSimulate’s mission?

Chad: Our goal is to reduce the impact of a simulation lab program budget while increasing the effectiveness of your program. ALSi is a product based on the iPad platform which is designed to give you a top of the line high fidelity simulation that you have come to expect from your standard medical manikin manufacturers, with needing the costly manikin.  Simply, we can put patient vitals on everything – from low-fidelity to no-fidelity manikins that no longer work at all, or standardized patients and confederate patients acting out in the bed.

Lance: I would think it could work for with task trainers as well for increasing fidelity. Learners look to the patient monitor a lot for patient cues during healthcare simulations, like noticing the Sp02 has dropped, which can be provided by the ALSi system without needing the full expensive investment into high-fidelity manikins.

Chad: Exactly. You will get a higher ROI of your manikins because you can take low or mid fidelity manikins and make them high fidelity. The other key cost-saving point is that its not just a patient monitor, but an AED and a defibrillator as well.

Lance: Wow that will work well for EMS related scenarios or in-situ programs that need to quickly setup or teardown equipment.

Chad: Not only are these products physically smaller than a manikin, saving your Sim Tech from having to drag heavy equipment around, especially for those programs that have multiple sites. Setup time, you turn it on, connect it to the wifi and go. There’s no complicated working with the network to makE sure the manikin is connected to the laptop to the monitor to your control etc.. ALSi is very easy to use so you don’t have to be a Sim Tech to use the tablets.

Lance: Yes I was noticing that while playing around with the software that it is very comparable to using any other iPad software with a lot of sweeps or touches with an easy to follow generated user interface (GUI). The further opportunity here to pre-program, unlike cheap knockoff that might be just a patient monitors, here you not only have the opportunity to change vital signs on the fly but trend overtime, and most importantly, to pre-program these scenarios ahead of time so that you can increase the efficiency of this equipment and your program over time.  I know the cost associated with this product are tied to the learning engagement – can you explain that further?

Chad: Absolutely. Basically there is two parts to the program – there is the facilitator iPad program, which is free to download on the iTunes store, to as many iPads as you want. The only charge comes with the patient monitor license for the learner or student. So if you had a program with 10 facilitators, instead of them all trying to figure out who has the ALSi program and managing the logistics or hunting down who-has-what piece of equipment, they can all have access to the software.

Lance: That also increases the ability to afford this because some programs have already invested in iPad infrastructures.

Chad: Right, and at this time this kit is provided with unlimited updates so all updates for the life of that product are free.

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Watch the youtube video above from minute 5:33 to see the complete product breakdown demonstrating both the instructor and learner tablets.  I would suggest watching this video fullscreen so you can see the details of the captured iPad screens.

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Laerdal SimStore: A HealthySim Tour

“SimCenter makes your simulation experience easier and more rewarding than ever. For the simulation novice to sophisticated developers, SimCenter has the tools and services to help every user realize their full potential.”

(Increase the youtube stream quality to 1080HD and watch in full screen for best viewing)

In the video above, Lance From HealthySimulation.com tours the Laerdal SimCenter’s “SimStore” and walks through the process to purchase a simulation scenario. Lance covers the benefits of simstore, how to find your scenarios, free scenario trials, costs, licensing, and more!

Think of SimStore as the “iTunes” of medical simulation scenarios, where you can browse, sample and purchase simulation scenarios for a plethora of disciplines and in a variety of platforms.

Scenario Simulator Types include everything from the SimMan3G to the SimBaby, SimMan Essential, SimJunior, Vital Sim and even for Standardized Patients.  Scenarios are available for the following disciplines:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Medical School
  • Clinical Nursing
  • Nursing School
  • Clinical Emergency Medical Services (Pre-hospital)
  • Emergency Medical Services (Pre-hospital)
  • Clinical Allied Health
  • Allied Health Schools
  • Military
  • Patient Safety/Risk Reduction
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Community Health & Public Safety

Read my original post when Laerdal announced SimCenter at IMSH 2011.

And be sure to visit Laerdal’s SimCenter today to learn more!


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“And, Scene!” – Some Great Places to get Simulation Scenarios (even FREE)

*Update: This article is now translated in Spanish too!

The first time I ever sat down at a high-fidelity simulation computer and opened up the programming option I knew I had found a new passion.  I also knew that there would be plenty of people out there dreading the thought of looking at the very same screen.  Programming scenarios takes a lot of time for those of us without serious computer backgrounds.  Running a Simulation Lab without scenarios is like trying to drive a car without gas, you might as well get out and push or just forget it altogether.  Programming takes time and when launching a new simulation lab it might not be feasible to get educators locked into the time commitment necessary to design scenarios (let alone program them).

So without further ado, click the link below for a couple of really excellent resources I have come across (or that we utilize at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas) for Healthcare Simulation scenario

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