HealthStream Provides SimManager for Medical Simulation Success

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At the International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop last month, HealthStream was on hand to explain the benefits of SimManager, a cloud-based platform designed to help with every aspect of operating a medical simulation program. While you can watch my part 1 and part 2 of my video recap summarizing the pediatric simulation IPSSW event, below is the full interview with Lisa Kinakin, Healthcare Regional Account Manager at HealthStream. We covered how HealthStream can assist with managing competency review through blended learning applications, and how SimManager helps administrators oversee staff, equipment, leaners, scenario licenses, spaces and much much more…

Interview Recap:

Lisa: HealthStream is on the cutting edge of simulation in terms of education. Our newly developed platform is called SimManger, which is a part of the joint SimCenter venture with Laerdal. The idea behind SimManager is to have a internet-based, cloud-based platform where people can take care of all of their simulation educational management needs. They can manage resources, they can download scenario from SimStore, they can setup classes and content, and much more. Overall SimManager has been shown to be a very effective tool in helping primarily hospitals but also educational programs develop and operate their simulation programs.

Lance: One of the major topics here today at IPSSW 2013 has been blended learning, can you talk to us about how HealthStream can support that in healthcare education/training?

Lisa: Well you know Lance that HealthSteam’s primary focus our learning management platform. We started with education in the hospital setting and have grown now to be in one out of every two hospitals in the United States. Remaining on the cutting edge in terms of simulation means we had to move into the next level. Fortunately HealthStream has a continuum in the blended learning environment. We begin with our courseware, we move into a soft simulation using HeartCode, and then we move into scenarios using high-fidelity simulators. We really have the scope of blended learning at our fingertips which I think thats really important in this venue to be able to approach all of those.

Lance: Right. So another huge area covered here today has been about research in terms of implementing simulation to as a way to maintain competency not only in initial training such as residency type skills but also in hospital rotations, whether that be in-situ or just-in-time training to maintain most of that retention  Can you talk to us about how SimManager can be used as a platform to schedule and maintain this type of ongoing program and culture of simulation training?



Lisa: We feel strongly that competency is an ever-changing ever-flowing thing that you don’t just take a one time skills test and you’re done – but it is something that is actionable and that people need to constantly be taking a look at competency in term of an ongoing evolution over time and skill level. SimManager is a great platform in order to maintain those competencies; for example taking a look at your classes, making sure your curriculum is where it needs to be, using a schedule to building in simulation events and scheduling courses, downloading scenarios and allocating them to simulators – all of that is just part of the functionality of simmanager which is an excellent platform to use when evaluating competency.

Lance: Having directed a medical simulation center, there is a serious underestimation about the amount of time and energy it takes to running a medical simulation program initially and ongoing. And so tools that allow for administrators to start and engage with a continual process to manage tools, equipment, staff and learners, rooms, scheduling, scenarios is definitely something folks should consider for that long-term implementation of a program. It’s not just about that initial funding for equipment, but it will really require permanent staff, training, and time to prepare and engage in ongoing competencies.

Lisa: Absolutely, and there are so many moving parts to manage competencies  Even the AHA is moved into the maintenance of those skills. So HealthStream is very supportive of those organizations that also want to hone in on those competencies and make sure their staff is component in that flowing environment and be able to capture that data through our tools.

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SimManager capabilities include:

  • Ability to manage simulation rooms, equipment, instructors, and techs
  • Track, manage, and report
  • Schedule and assign simulation learning activities
  • Manage simulation content
  • Integrate simulation scenarios into learning curricula
  • Customize role management
  • Schedule reports for simulator utilization and activity
  • Upload and store simulator debriefing files
  • Capture activity on learner transcripts
  • Integrate with Laerdal simulators
  • Integrate with SimCenter product suite, including SimStore, SimDeveloper & SimView

You can learn more about SimManager features by watching my comprehensive product breakdown article below:

You can learn all about SimManager and other SimCenter systems at the HealthStream website.


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Part 2 of IPSSW Pediatric Simulation Conference Coverage

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Last month HealthStream sponsored HealthySimulation.com’s attendance to the 5th annual IPSSW (International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop) in New York. Read and watch Part 1 of my event coverage of IPSSW here.

In Part 2, we interview Lisa from HealthStream about the powerful uses of SimManager, learn how Dr. Wong’s puppets can help with pediatric education, and hear from Dr. Renuka Mehta about how to build and expand a medical school simulation program.

I then met with Lisa Kinakin, Healthcare Regional Account Manager at HealthStream to learn why they chose to support Pediatric Healthcare at IPSSW as well as how SimManager can help programs track competencies and expand training through simulation. (A quick note of disclosure here that while HealthStream sponsored a portion IPSSW and this video production, that the IPSS organization does not specifically endorse HealthStream or any other particular simulation-based vendor).

Lance: One of the major topics here today at IPSSW 2013 has been blended learning, can you talk to us about how HealthStream can support that in healthcare education/training?

Lisa: Fortunately HealthStream has a continuum in the blended learning environment. We begin with our courseware, we move into a soft simulation using HeartCode, and then we move into scenarios using high-fidelity simulators. We really have the scope of blended learning at our fingertips which I think thats really important in this venue to be able to approach all of those.

Lance: Right. So another huge area covered here today has been about research in terms of implementing simulation to as a way to maintain competency not only in initial training such as residency type skills but also in hospital rotations, whether that be in-situ or just-in-time training to maintain most of that retention  Can you talk to us about how SimManager can be used as a platform to schedule and maintain this type of ongoing program and culture of simulation training?

Lisa: We feel strongly that competency is an ever-changing ever-flowing thing that you don’t just take a one time skills test and you’re done – but it is something that is actionable and that people need to constantly be taking a look at competency in term of an ongoing evolution over time and skill level. SimManager is a great platform in order to maintain those competencies; for example taking a look at your classes, making sure your curriculum is where it needs to be, using a schedule to building in simulation events and scheduling courses, downloading scenarios and allocating them to simulators – all of that is just part of the functionality of simmanager which is an excellent platform to use when evaluating competency.

SimManager capabilities include:

  • Ability to manage simulation rooms, equipment, instructors, and techs
  • Track, manage, and report
  • Schedule and assign simulation learning activities
  • Manage simulation content
  • Integrate simulation scenarios into learning curricula
  • Customize role management
  • Schedule reports for simulator utilization and activity
  • Upload and store simulator debriefing files
  • Capture activity on learner transcripts
  • Integrate with Laerdal simulators
  • Integrate with SimCenter product suite, including SimStore, SimDeveloper & SimView

You can learn more about SimManager features by watching my comprehensive product breakdown below:

Having the most fun throughout the event was Dr. Julielynn Wong, Medical Doctor and Puppeteer! I spent some time meeting her friends and learning about the opportunity to utilize puppets in pediatric events. Julielynn shared “I was trained as a public health and preventive medicine specialist and I elected to train in television puppeter under a Jim Henson protege named Michael Earl (who has won 4 emmys), because I wanted to apply tv-puppet techniques to have better capabilities in healthcare communication. I have worked with the SuperSpritz program, a nutrition educational program which utilizes “vegetable” puppets that have super powers to make it cool for kids to like vegetables. The goal was not just to give children knowledge but to inspire behavior-change too.” If you think about it, simulation manikins are just really expensive versions of puppets which also help to train knowledge, skills and behavior changes!

Lastly, I spoke with Dr. Renuka Mehta, Medical Director at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Pediatric Simulation Center to hear some advice about increasing the use of simulation in a residency program and why she is so interested in SimManager.

Dr. Mehta suggested “First of all a person has to have passion to run simulation, and second of all you most show that simulation does help. I have done so many small and medium sized studies to show that simulation is really helpful and that’s why learners like it. Obviously there’s a shortage of money available, but there are great number of grants and philanthropic funds as well so eventually your budgets will work out. You may not start with a huge program, and while you do need money, you can start with small resources to slowly build up. And then, once all the employees like simulation, the students like simulation, the residents and faculty like simulation – then you can start using your program as an advertisement tool for future students. So sometimes you have to get started not from top-down but bottom-up as well. Our program is now featured in the paper and used as advertising for next year’s learners.

Looking at the SimManager product, I found that it will help me to build up my simulation program by maintaining the calendar, the competency of my employees and their trainees, the programs equipment, and overall, my time management.”

To learn more, visit the IPSS website and HealthStream’s SimManager website.

SimManager Product Demo Video & Interview

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The SimManager platform, which was developed by SimVenture (a joint collaborative of HealthStream & Laerdal Medical), was on display at IMSH 2013 at the SimCenter booth, right across from the Laerdal space. SimManager is an individual component of SimCenter, which also includes SimStore, SimDeveloper and SimView. To better understand the relationship between these SimCenter components and the specific tools of SimManager I recorded an interview with Solutions Manager Lydon Small.

Watch the comprehensive video below to learn more about SimManager as well as to understand why such management systems can dramatically increase efficiency and reporting for your medical simulation program:

What I learned about SimManager

SimManager is a cloud-based software service that requires an ongoing subscription fee automatically updated since there are no onsite hardware needs.  SimManager is the back-end scheduling, reporting and content management system for operating the day-to-day needs of a healthcare simulation lab.  SimManager schedules lab video recordings through SimView and holds purchased scenarios through SimStore.

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SimManager can help you schedule an event using existing templates and modify those needs depending on the specific lesson plans for that day. Users can be given different administrative control capabilities, which means you can choose who can edit the calendar and how can view it, or request space.  Having one person approve requests or create the calendar will certainly increase your program efficiency overtime and reduce scheduling headaches.  Note that additional SimView systems that are utilized to capture simulation events are a hardware/software solution which currently provide log files back to SimManger (with plans to connect video in the future). In this sense, these different SimCenter components offer modular solutions that can be specific to the needs of your current or future simulation program.

SimManager also allows you to create exportable reports of room utilization that hold specific pieces of equipment in-order to better demonstrate ROI. Furthermore, SimManager allows for learner tracking to better identify changes in performance.  This kind of tracking is crucial to demonstrate to higher levels of administration how staff, equipment and supplies are being utilized by the program.

Of course, purchased SimStore scenarios, handlers, trends and other multimedia components can be connected and controlled through SimManager, letting your allocate which licenses are utilized by which pieces of equipment.

HealthStream SimManager Features:

  • Ability to manage simulation rooms, equipment, instructors, and simulation technicians.
  • Can track, manage, and report
  • Schedule and assign simulation learning activities
  • Manage simulation content
  • Integrates simulation scenarios into learning curricula
  • Can customize role management to create varying access levels for administrators
  • Configure and schedule reports for simulator utilization and activity
  • Upload and store simulator debriefing files
  • Capture simulation activity on learner transcripts
  • Integrates with Laerdal simulators
  • Integrates with SimCenter product suite, including SimStore, SimDeveloper, and SimView

Visit the HealthStream SimCenter webpage, the HealthStream Blog and Laerdal.com to learn more!


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SimView “A/V Capturing” from Laerdal & HealthStream

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SimView was released by SimVentures, a joint HealthStream & Laerdal project*, earlier this year at IMSH 2012, alongside the new SimPad, which continues their line of “SimCenter” based products and services.  Replacing the very-much-out-of-date Debrief Viewer “AVS” desktop, the new SimView release brings Laerdal back into the market for medical simulation debriefing systems. I had a chance to talk on camera with Jeff from Laerdal and learn more about the new SimView audiovisual capture and management hardware & software packages. (*Edit: 1/15/13 – SimView is co-developed & co-owned by both Laerdal & HealthStream.)

What immediately caught my attention about SimView was the Hi-Definition (HD) capability of this new a/v system.  At this time, only a handful of other products on the market support HD capture and playback.  HD has about 5x the resolution of standard definition digital recording platforms and so you really are getting a lot higher quality images with an HD based system. While the bandwidth necessary to operate a system will need to be much larger (and thus cost more for higher network and storage capabilities) the reality is that very soon standard definition will no longer exist as a visual medium, and so moving towards an HD-based system now will save your simulation program a lot of headache in the decade to come.  So again for quality and longevity and if you can afford it, I highly recommend looking into HD based a/v systems for your current and future medical simulation labs. The SimVentures Simview control system…
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