Basic Simulation Specialist Training from Jump Simulation in Chicago March 31st

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The always innovative Jump Simulation center has partnered with Chicago-based healthcare startup incubator MATTER to offer a 1-day “intro to healthcare simulation operations”. Jump Trading Simulation Center in Peoria IL was the 2016 host of the SimGHOSTS USA conference and is creating additional opportunities for regional healthcare programs to better learn how to operate simulation based technologies.

Date & Time: Friday, March 31st 8am-4pm
Location: MATTER (Healthcare Startup Incubator) in Chicago, IL
Cost: $395.00
Capacity: 15
Instructor: Kristi Sanders

Jump Simulation’s one-day course is an introduction to healthcare simulation from an operational standpoint. The training program is designed to provide hands on learning to plan, prepare, and execute a simulation event. Topics for the course include:

  • Simulation center technology
  • Simulation terminology
  • Supporting faculty and courses
  • Calendar management
  • Basic Laerdal manikin assembly
  • Basic Laerdal manikin troubleshooting
  • Running the Simulation
  • And activities required post simulation

What is MATTER?



MATTER is a community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change. We are boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs pushing against the status quo and established institutions dedicated to improving patients’ lives. At MATTER we are all hungry for change, and we’re working together to solve real and complex healthcare problems.

About Jump

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Jump) is an incubator where collaboration and innovation lead the transformation of health care worldwide. Jump programs and objectives are key to improving the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of care for community members across the region. A collaboration between OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP), Jump advances the Missions of both organizations.

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3D Digital Continuity is the Future of Healthcare Education

3-D Digital Continuity Is the Future of Human Health

Sim champions it won’t be long before the entire healthcare industry is surronded by 3D Animation! We already know that designing and testing devices using 3D physical simulation is a key part of developing a commercial product. Slowly we are convincing the world that simulating and testing healthcare providers will become a key part of developing a more effictive healthcare system. Imagine watching in real-time, the human patient’s case as it developed — in 3D on the wall during diagnosis. With faster computers like IBM’s Watson — its only a matter of time! Check out the use of animation from a recent Medical Device Summit:

Steve Levine reports on The Living Heart Project which enables realistic simulation. At a time when the industry is facing some of its toughest challenges, more than 200 regulators, engineers, and healthcare leaders came together in Chicago at the American Medical Device (AMD) Summit in October, to discuss the state of the medical device industry and focus on opportunities to accelerate innovation, with increased predictability and profitability. From a regulatory, patient and payer perspective, medical device business models are changing, creating an environment that has rendered sustainable innovation elusive for many medical device companies seeking to grow their top line as well as bottom line.

These shifts in the marketplace are pressuring the balancing act between corporate efficiency, time to market, and predictable patient outcomes. It has raised an essential question for the future of the medical device industry—how to restructure to remain competitive and compliant while simultaneously meeting the needs of the patient, provider, and enterprise? The healthcare industry is finding answers in an unlikely place, by turning to a resource traditionally associated with more traditional manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace.

You Won’t Believe the Future Tech of Healthcare Education

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Chris Merritt, recently wrote an article for McKnights News on the evolution of healthcare education through modern day technologies — which should be forwarded along to simulation discomfiters, or naysayers, in your simulation program! Chris theorizes that online gaming is the future of healthcare education!

The rapid advancements in technology continuously impact our lives on a daily basis and each new week brings a critical update to our attention. This has significantly changed the ways in which we receive and process information such as current events, the daily news, industry updates, association content, medical journals and even our educational materials. You do not need to look any further than a grade-school classroom in which personal tablets have replaced pencil and paper for our youngest generation. This transformation has occurred not because it is the cheapest alternative, in fact this migration can often times be more expensive on the front-end.

We are changing our educational delivery mechanisms due to improved learner experience, retention and overall knowledge outcomes. A 2008 study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation reported that a great lecture can improve learning outcomes by 17%, while switching to a different delivery mechanism such as serious gaming can improve learning outcomes by 108%.

Many have acknowledged the explicit need for our healthcare professionals to have a safe environment in which to practice, make mistakes and increase their proficiency in the many critical decisions they make on a daily basis without putting a patient at risk. A 2015 study in The Journal of Clinical Nursing reported in 2015 that, “Finding a new platform to allow all nurses to practice difficult clinical decisions is key. A virtual immersive environment…can provide simulation for nurses to practice making such difficult decisions.”

The evidence is present that these online simulations increase learner engagement and retention while also resulting in improved patient outcomes and a positive impact on healthcare economics. One chronic disease specific online simulation called SiMCare Diabetes has published data which reports: improved glycemic control in patients with A1C >7%, a 60% reduction in the prescription of contraindicated medication and reduced cost by $71 per patient versus those professionals that did not train with the simulation.

Advances in medical education, clinical content, guidelines and standards of care now have a new and improved medium for dissemination. Online training simulations and educational games are continually updated in real-time and given the nature of the platform, content can be rapidly deployed around the globe with the click of a button.


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Healthcare IT News Covers Growing Use of Healthcare Simulation Technology

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Stephen Burrows, Chair & Program Director of Healthcare Information Systems at Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, once reflected on the growing use of healthcare simulation technology in Healthcare on HealthcareITNews.com. How does your healthcare IT department interact with your simulation program?

With an explosion of technology in simulation, the opportunity to teach healthcare students has almost limitless boundaries.  At the heart of simulation in healthcare is the human patient simulator (HPS). In 1969, Abrahamson, Denson, and Wolf wrote about the ‘Effectiveness of a simulator in training anesthesiology residents’ and the use of patient simulators (Journal of Medical Education) to train physician residents. They felt that simulation held much promise and, from their findings, it would provide “a significant time saving in training” and that “anesthesiology residents might be expected to achieve this level of professional competence in a saving of 22 days over a period of 77 days.”

Today’s patient simulators are significantly more advanced. Most of them can blink, breathe, cry, sweat, and have a heartbeat and pulse. When hooked up to monitors, they can even display vital signs. With some customization by the faculty the ‘patient’ can exhibit any number of cardiac arrhythmias. The technology can even mimic virtually every major bodily function. Using different scenarios, students can experience a range of events from physical examination to major trauma. The simulator even recognizes injected medications via RFID and responds with appropriate vital signs. This is a particularly helpful (and safe) way to demonstrate a reaction to the wrong medication being given by the student.

Read the Full HealthcareITnews.com Article here!

SESAM Lisbon 2016 Day 2 Updates

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Day 1 Recap can be found here.

SESAM’s Clinical Simulation Conference with Dubai Update

Helen Henderson, Lead Simulation Educator from the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center in Dubai Healthcare City provided an update about the 3 year partnership between SESAM and the Dubai based simulation center for simulation conferences. Helen shared details about the past 3 years of events and invited attendees to the International Medical Education Conference in Dubai at the newly renamed Mohammad Bin Rashid Medical University March 2nd – 4th 2017, with the tagline “Health Professional Education in an Interconnected World”.

Plenary Address by Faizal Haji

Following this, Faizal A. Haji provided the presentation “Promises and pitfalls simulation in resource-limited settings”, highlighting updates from the International Pediatric Society in Simulation’s work to develop simulation training support for the African country of Malawi. Malawi, with a population of about 15 million only has about 1/3 of the health workforce it needs to serve its citizens. IPSS has been working with the Malawi Ministry of Health in 2013, starting with a needs assessment of the clinical training services available to healthcare professionals within the country using field notes, key interviews, site visits, and simulation demonstrations. When the number of healthcare professionals was increased, clinical training was reduced because of a lack of faculty — and the quality of providers drastically decreased over the past 10 years. The team investigated the use of telesimulation training to provide education across long distances live with visual aids. While the training programs worked, there was still a need to provide hands-on training but the time to receive such training was extremely limited. While resources such as simulation technology are available (through donations), but because of the limited clinical faculty training was rare.

Faizal highlighted the research article “Development of a simulation and skills centre in east Africa: a Rwandan – Canadian partnership” which succeeded because of:

  1. Long-term partnership
  2. Identification of need for dedicated funding for space/staff
  3. locally driven curriculum
  4. Ongoing mentorship beyond the initial train-the-trainers program.

Faizal concluded by reminding us that we need to be understanding of the health systems we are building simulation programs for, and that we are absolutely able to address high level system issues with low resource simulations to then do focused programatic training in key issue areas.

  • Partnerships make the project work
  • Context matters and educational interventions don’t exist in vaccuum
  • Process matters: how you implement training is just as important to consider as the content itself
  • Bad Habits are hard to fix so be sure to start training programs strong!

Stay tuned to this article for updates throughout the day, and follow the action on #SESAM2016!

Wednesday Deadline: SimGHOSTS Early-Bird Deadline for Global Sim Technology Training Events

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Sim Champs a final reminder that this Wednesday is the FINAL day for early-bird registrations to SimGHOSTS simulation training events in Australia, United Kingdom, and USA this July through August. If you have been planning to attend these world class hands-on training events, now is the time to secure big savings by registering by this Wednesday!

Melbourne: July 5-8th
London: July 18-20th
Peoria, IL (near Chicago): August 2nd-5th

Key Justifications to Attend SimGHOSTS:

  • Affordable: ­Compared to other international simulation events SimGHOSTS is as much as HALF the cost. Take advantage of early-­bird registration for even greater savings.
  • Focused: ­ SimGHOSTS is the only event specifically addressing the community, skill sets, and development of those operating healthcare simulation technology.
  • Engaging: ­ Other events provide limited technical content which has not been reviewed by technical experts. With SimGHOSTS you will get the training to take you further.
  • Intimate: Unlike endless exhibit halls, at SimGHOSTS you can build quality relationships with vendors and have the time necessary to deep dive into product details.
  • Innovative: ­ SimGHOSTS represents the cutting ­edge of simulation technology, and thus, the healthcare simulation industry’s future trends. Stay ahead of the curve!
  • Valuable Networking: ­Everyone at SimGHOSTS does the same work you do! Easily connect with your peers through courses, receptions, showcases, and competitions!
  • Hands-­on:­ Minimal lectures, maximum direct training. Don’t just listen, do!

Register today at the SimGHOSTS 2016 Events webpage!

One Week Left! Early-Bird Registrations to SimGHOSTS Simulation Technology Training Events in AUS, UK, USA End Soon!

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Did you know you now only have one week left to secure early-bird registrations to SimGHOSTS 2016 Summer events in Australia, United Kingdom, and United States? The time to secure huge savings on the world’s leading simulation technology training events is now!

“Everyone involved in operating simulation needs to be at SimGHOSTS.” ­
Amy Wise, Health Sciences Sim Coordinator, North Central Texas College

Why an Event Specific to Those Operating Healthcare Simulation Technology?

Medical Simulation is an emerging professional field which currently has little to no formalized educational pathways for entrance. Thus, everyone who starts or continues a career into medical simulation has side­stepped from another field or industry. This means that members of this community bring with them a wealth of specialized knowledge that others will not have. The SimGHOSTS meeting is the primary way for this new professional community to come together and share these best practices gained from years of experience in other fields, will enable all Sim Techs to walk away with a greater ability to perform the many responsibilities of their professional duties.

SimGHOSTS Advantages Over Other Simulation Events

Hands-­on & Specific Content: Between wound creation in our moulage courses, to advanced networking workshops, to intense workgroup sessions… SimGHOSTS is all about the doing. Unlike other events that cater to clinical educators and focus on faculty integration, debriefing or other non­technical courses, Sim Techs come to SimGHOSTS to focus on issues relevant to their position. Attendees return home with valuable skills and knowledge of new techniques that can enhance realism in scenarios, increase reliability and flexibility of a simulation center’s systems, and more.

Affordable registration: The SimGHOSTS board works hard to partner with the right host institutions, hotels and vendor sponsors to make sure the event is the best value for investments made into technical staff. Unlike other events that provide Technology courses as an afterthought, SimGHOSTS exists specifically for the purpose of providing resources to the technical user first and foremost. This is the only meeting solely built, operated and lead by Sim Techs. Other simulation technical events don’t come close to the day for day cost or value gained at SimGHOSTS which is jam­packed with diverse and innovative content. Plus, we work overtime with hotel partners to offer quality accommodations sometimes HALF the cost of other simulation events.

Personal connections: Simulation technical staff are often working alone and unable to “talk shop” to learn better ways to do their job. SimGHOSTS events give attendees the chance to be surrounded by their peer community and share best practices. Attendees return home with new ideas and new resources from national and international colleagues working in simulation centers at universities, hospitals, fire departments and more!

Australia
Australian Catholic University
Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal Medical
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Melbourne, Victoria
Pre-Symposium: July 5th, 2016
Symposium: July 6th-8th, 2016

United Kingdom
Co-hosted by ASPiH
St. Georges Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre (GAPS)
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London, England
Pre-Symposium: July 18th, 2016
Symposium: July 19th-20th, 2016

United States
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
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Peoria, Illinois
Pre-Symposium: August 2nd, 2016
Symposium: August 3rd-5th, 2016

Middle East & Africa
Supported by Simulead
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai, UAE
Pre-Symposium: November 13th, 2016
Symposium: November 14th-15th, 2016

Register Now Through the SimGHOSTS 2016 Events Page!

MEdsim Magazine Becomes Medical Training Magazine

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A big announcement today from MEdSim Magazine, that they are changing their name and expanding their focus to “Medical Training: Improving Performance, Improving Outcomes”. In the 1st edition of the 2016 series, Publisher Andy Smith shares this editorial letter regarding the reasons behind the change, which I encourage you to read in its entirety as it reflects some of the major problems our community faces, and a few ideas on how we can move forward.

One of the reasons Medical Training Magazine is such an important resource is because their parent company, Halldale Media, is the leader in aviation and military training resources — and have a powerful mission to expand those industry’s success stories into healthcare. This does, however, mean that HealthySimulation.com has returned to be the sole independent news source specifically dedicated to medical simulation news and information. Sign up for our free medical simulation newsletter to stay informed with the latest healthcare simulation news.

You can start a subscription, and read the latest content at the
Medical Training Magazine on the Halldale Media Website.

From MEdSim to Medical Training Magazine:

From its inception MEdSim has always been about education and more specifically training than simulation per se.

To quote three healthcare leaders: – “its not the simulation, it’s the curriculum.” – ‘‘don’t talk to me about simulation talk to me about how you will help me improve my outcomes.” – “medicine has changed beyond measure in the last 50 years, yet the way we teach and train has hardly altered.”

By referring to simulation alone we put ourselves in a narrow, small box with a limited if evangelical following. For this reason we will be renaming the magazine from MEdSim to Medical Training from the next issue, using the byline Improving Performance, Improving Outcomes.

In an industry of perhaps 6 million people in the US alone, the leading Simulation societies have memberships of about 3000 and 1500 people. Those numbers are creditable but are they sufficient to impact an industry of this size and complexity?

It is doubtful that they can achieve the change patients demand, hospitals need and we, as the healthcare simulation and training industry, require if we are to achieve our twin and compatible aims of helping solve healthcare’s significant problems while building a decent business.

Whilst we at Halldale/MEdSim/MTM have been evangelizing on behalf of simulation in multiple industries for the past 30 years we recognize that it is indeed ‘not about the simulation.’ Though we all need to continue to evangelize because we know that the use of simulation in a well structured training curriculum dramatically improves personal, team and business performance! In the case of healthcare better training means better patient care.

The decision to make this name change to Medical Training was made over the summer and it was not made lightly, changing a brand is never easy and there will be some who prefer the old title, though we feel that many more will respond to the new one.

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Sim Tech Training Workshop ‘SimGHOSTS 2015 Dubai’ Early-Bird Registration Ends Soon!

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Are you a simulation located in or near the middle east region looking for healthcare simulation technology specialist peer networking training with products from companies like Gaumard and Laerdal? Then join the SimGHOSTS team this November for their world famous “Sim Tech” meeting!

Dates:
November 23rd (pre-con workshops)
November 24th+25th (Main event)
Location:
Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City
Fees:
Early-Bird (Until Oct. 9th): $275.00 USD per person
Regular (Until Nov. 22nd): $400.oo USD per person
Door Price: $500.00 USD per person
Brochure:
Download the brochure here.

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS 2015 Middle East & Africa?

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (“Sim Techs”), or those permanently responsible for the technical operation and maintenance of a high-fidelity healthcare simulation lab. Although the event is open to everyone, SimGHOSTS is designed for technology specialists or those responsible for the physical day-today operations and maintenance of simulation equipment and labs.

The SimGHOSTS event is hands-on training for healthcare Simulation Technicians (or sim lab operators) needing to successfully operate a medical simulation lab. Other events are better suited for those responsible for clinically educating learners through simulation. Remember… Early-Bird Registration Ends October 9th!

What are the SimGHOSTS Sim Meeting Objectives?

  • Meet with other Simulation Technicians and share best practices
  • Network and build long term industry relationships with peers and vendors
  • Receive specialized training in:
    • High-fidelity manikin hardware & software operation, maintenance and repair
    • Audiovisual production techniques and debugging
    • Learning Management System troubleshooting
    • IT networking
    • Team leadership and communication techniques
    • Manikin moulage and makeup
    • Basic medical terminology, physiology, pharmacology and the latest in healthcare education practices.
    • Much more….
  • Discuss and develop professional community needs and standards.

SimGHOSTS is bringing our hands-on training event to Dubai, with partner Simulead! With the goal to connect Simulation Technology Specialists from around the world, the SimGHOSTS leadership is thrilled to partner with a key Middle Eastern distributor like Simulead to provide hands-on training, community support and more to those operating simulation technology in the region.

For the past five years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists at its annual hands-on training events. With a mission to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals together, the non profit organization’s leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States. Our inaugural international event hosted in 2014 by the University of the Sunshine Coast was a rousing success which brought together over a hundred simulation champions from around the world. The enthusiasm from the Australia event inspired SimGHOSTS to seek out partners in other regions, which led to the partnership with Simulead for a 2015 event in the Middle East.

October 9th is the early-bird registration deadline

So be sure to register today

FierceHealthIT.com: Healthcare Increasingly Requires Tech Savvy Workforce

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Saw this interesting FierceHealthIT.com story floating around LinkedIn recently pointing out that the future of healthcare will require a much more tech-savvy workforce. Learn more about how this impacts simulation programs through UNLV School of Nursing Dean Caroyln Yucha’s course at SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia: Why The Sim Tech is Your #1 Sim Priority.

“The rise of technology in healthcare is creating new roles within the industry and requiring doctors and nurses to be tech-savvy as well, according to a story inFinancial Times.

Senior executives don’t necessarily have to be technology specialists, but technological strategies play key roles in their efforts to cut costs and increase efficiency. The hospital C-suite increasingly includes a chief analytics officer, a chief transformation officer or a chief information security officer. Leaders need to keep up with mobile apps, wearables, sensors, data analytics and wireless medical devices. Surgeons increasingly use computer consoles and robotic tools using cameras that display images on a high-resolution screen during surgery. Managing electronic records and analyzing the data generated by remote patient monitoring devices are calling for new sets of skills, according to the article.

Home-based care calls for people who can manage the networking technology to connect doctors and patients remotely.

As we move from data collection and implementation of [electronic medical records] systems to the point where we need analytics to improve patients outcomes, that whole increase in data analytics is going to produce a lot of new jobs in the market,” said Jim Utterback, who leads the health IT practice for executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.

Dick Daniels, Kaiser’s executive vice president and chief information officer, callstechnology essential to providing effective care. In addition to its deep use of analytics to improve case and cut costs, Kaiser is focusing technology on improving the customer experience as well, by digitizing membership cards, creating express check-ins for appointments and allowing patients to use videoconferencing to contact caregivers from mobile phones and hospital beds.”

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