University of Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield, and B-Line Medical Team Up to Improve Patient Safety Through Healthcare Simulation

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Last Week Newswise shared how The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will soon be putting a BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) grant of $2.9M to work promoting patient safety and healthcare education through an interdisciplinary healthcare simulation center!

HTHSC’s healthcare simulation center will be one of the largest in the world, and it will be interdisciplinary, accommodating training programs for Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, Pharmacy and Dentistry within the center. Students from these different programs will be working together in a safe, immersive, and simulated healthcare environment that teaches them to tackle today’s biggest healthcare challenges in a risk-free setting.


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B-Line Medical’s SimCapture platform was selected by HTHSC to manage and operate the simulation center. Over three hundred coordinated and centralized video streams throughout the center incorporate multiple camera angles and medical devices for comprehensive event capture. UTHSC faculty will use SimCapture to record, analyze, and evaluate the performance of interdisciplinary healthcare teams. SimCapture will also allow faculty to provide students with robust, web-based portfolios and a firm understanding of their simulation outcomes.

President of B-Line Medical, Hartley Thompson says, “UTHSC’s and BCBS’ commitment to healthcare simulation and patient safety aligns perfectly with our company’s mission and vision. We’re honored to have been chosen for such an important and progressive project. The scope and interdisciplinary approach taken by UTHSC will be a model for other institutions to follow.”


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5th Annual Tennessee Simulation Alliance Conference November 15-17

TN Medical Simulation

The Tennessee Simulation Alliance Conference is currently looking for abstracts, which are due September 2nd.

“The Tennessee Simulation Alliance (TNSA) began as a means to provide Tennessee nurse educators a central location for communication, collaboration and sharing. The funding for this project began as a national collaborative initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation grant that was designed for establishing a stable, adequate nursing workforce. The Tennessee Simulation Alliance was begun after the first simulation conference held in 2008 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation. Annual conferences have continued to be partially funded through HRSA’s Faculty Development Program: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative (Grant No. U1KHP12906, Elizabeth Weiner, PI).

TNSA now brings the world of simulation to the nurse educators of Tennessee with links to current resources, scenarios, websites, conferences, and an in depth look at what is currently being practiced in nursing education with simulation.”

Visit the TNSA website to learn more about this state-wide meeting.