Simulation Spotlight
Feb. 18, 2015

Study on the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs published
Informa Healthcare
The National Association of EMS Educators is happy to announce that the results of the Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research: A Descriptive Study research project has been published early online by the Prehospital Emergency Care Journal. The purpose of this research was to characterize the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs in order assist stakeholders' efforts to target educational initiatives and resources. More

CHSE, CHSOS, CHSE-A: Where do I start for simulation certification?
Jason Zigmont
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare now has more than 450 people certified at the CHSE, CHSOS and CHSE-A levels. At the same time, there are hundreds (if not thousands) more who don't know where to start or why they even should be certified. My goal here is to give you an idea of which certification may fit you best, and how to get started. The first question most ask is why would I even get certified? For those with advanced degrees, it may seem odd to go get another "piece of paper," but the certifications offered by SSH are quickly becoming the industry standard to demonstrate competency in healthcare simulation.More

Simulation brings facts to measles outbreak and vaccination debate
PR Web via Globe Newswire
To bring facts and clarity to the public debate about immunization in light of the recent measles outbreak, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health unveiled a computer simulation that explores the impact of measles outbreaks in cities across the U.S. Users can see how an outbreak would play out if their city had high or low vaccination rates. The simulation – which is easily accessible from mobile devices – is an adaptation of the popular Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics, a free resource created at Pitt.More

Virtual doctors making medical board really nervous
The Texas Tribune
The Texas Medical Board will met Feb. 12 to consider a 21st-century question: How should the state regulate doctor-patient relationships when they exist only in cyberspace and, in some cases, across state lines? The meeting follows an intense legal battle between the state and one of its largest telemedicine companies.More

Predictive analytics help hospital slash post-surgical infections
As the federal government continues to push for value over volume when it comes to healthcare, providers — like those at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — increasingly are turning to technology to bolster their efforts. In particular, the Iowa City-based academic medical center now is reaping the rewards from predictive analytics tools deployed roughly two years ago, according to the Wall Street Journal. With the help of such software, infection rates for colon surgery patients have dropped 58 percent since the end of 2012.More

Business education for nurses?
Keith Carlson
While the words "business" and "nursing" have not often been used in the same sentence, 21st-century nursing demonstrates that these two terms are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Many nurses shy away from the financial aspects of healthcare, but those nurses in management and C-level positions already understand that healthcare is a business that necessitates our understanding and involvement.More

New computer-simulated prescribing strategies for glasses may help Down syndrome patients see better
University of Houston via News-Medical.Net
New computer-simulated prescribing strategies for glasses may improve the vision of individuals with Down syndrome, thanks to a team of University of Houston College of Optometry researchers who received a $1.67 million grant from the National Eye Institute. More than 400,000 individuals in the U.S. have Down syndrome. This genetic condition presents challenges that include poor muscle tone, intellectual disability, developmental delays and visual deficits.More

EHRs, big data take medical curriculum to school
Becker's Hospital Review
The future of medical school is — almost — here. More and more, technology is shaping what medical schools teach, how professors teach it and how students learn. "There are not a lot of microscopes anymore," laughed Morgan Passiment, director of healthcare affairs for the Association of American Medical Colleges. More

Report: Sustainable growth rate fix will cost $174 billion
Healthcare Finance News
Bipartisan legislation proposed last year to permanently replace Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula would cost $174.5 billion between fiscal years 2015 and 2025, according to a report released from the Congressional Budget Office. Congress over the years has passed a number of delays to scheduled reductions to Medicare physician reimbursement rates called for by the SGR.More

Robotics: The necessary future of medicine
Minnesota Daily (opinion)
It seems that technological advancements in medicine are happening daily. Companies and universities alike are advancing the pace at which we are improving the quality of healthcare for many people. However, the importance of robotics seems to be incredibly undersold in its importance to medicine. Instead, robotic medicine should be at the forefront of science. Recently, a surgical robot in London called the Da Vinci XI conducted its first surgery on a patient with colon cancer.More

Looking to get published this year?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Simulation Spotlight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SSH, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More