Simulation Spotlight
Mar. 18, 2015

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Study shows anesthesiology simulation program triggers practice improvement activities
American Society of Anesthesiologists via Newswise
American Society of Anesthesiologists® introduced a mannequin-based simulation program to satisfy the American Board of Anesthesiology requirements for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology. According to a study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of ASA, an overwhelming majority of physician anesthesiologists who participated in the simulation program successfully implemented their practice improvements.More

Secret Service wants to build $8M fake White House
The Hill
In response to a series of major security lapses, the Secret Service wants lawmakers to provide $8 million to build a model White House. The embattled agency is requesting the funds to build a scale replica of the White House in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Beltsville, Maryland, to better train agents to protect the presidential mansion, according to The New York Times. More

NIH: 'We aim to go much further'
Government Health IT
The National Institutes of Health revealed plans to achieve breakthroughs in longstanding medical problems affecting millions of Americans. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins appeared before the before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee recently and outlined several initiatives he said may result in significant improvements. "I can assure you that the future of scientific research has never been brighter," Collins told the committee.More

New virtual training for ambulance drivers coming to Pennsylvania
A new type of virtual training is helping Pittsburgh EMT and paramedics safer and more efficient drivers when it comes to operating ambulances. Virtual Drive is the name of the new type of training that’s taking place inside a large trailer that is making its way to EMT stations. First created by Duran Precision, the simulation training is what long haul truckers and pilots have used for years.More

'I was blown away': Welcome to football's quarterback revolution
Fox Sports
During NFL Combine week, downtown Indianapolis swells with little clandestine meetings, where seemingly innocuous details are discussed like matters of national security. There's back-of-the-restaurant gatherings, coffee-shop meet-ups, sit-downs in obscure bars. And, for three consecutive days in late February, there was room 1040 of the Westin hotel. 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

How to teach doctors empathy
The Atlantic
Clinical empathy was once dismissively known as "good bedside manner" and traditionally regarded as far less important than technical acumen. But a spate of studies in the past decade has found that it is no mere frill. Increasingly, empathy is considered essential to establishing trust, the foundation of a good doctor-patient relationship.More

Emerging market medical education goes digital
The Huffington Post
A shortage of skilled health workers is an acute and ongoing problem in many emerging markets. Weak medical education systems bear a major part of the blame. But a big opportunity for rapid progress has emerged as online medical education becomes increasingly common. Doctors and nurses in even the poorest countries can now get much better training.More

New initiative launched to educate nurses, physicians to improve health and healthcare
University of Michigan via News-Medical.Net
The University of Michigan, University of California Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University have teamed up to launch a new initiative to educate nurses and physicians together to serve as leaders, researchers and change agents in healthcare, community health and public policy. Called the National Clinician Scholars Program, it will train scholars to lead policy-relevant research and catalyze partnerships to improve health and healthcare. At U-M, the program will be based in the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and will be called the IHPI-CSP Program.More

Inside the largest ever UK cyberterror simulation
A group of terrorist hackers has taken control of the gun system on HMS Belfast, a disused Navy ship on the River Thames in central London. The guns are pointed at the headquarters of the London Assembly and the place where Boris Johnson works - City Hall. The group is called Flag Day Associates and they have released a chilling video of men in gas masks.More

IBM Watson: 10 new jobs for cognitive computing
Computing power meets the humanlike capacity to speak, seeing, reason and learn. That's what cognitive computing is all about, as exemplified by the category leader, IBM Watson. But is this practical technology that can affordably handle important tasks? Even before it acquired the AlchemyAPI platform recently, IBM's Watson business unit was busy adding language, speech, machine vision and decision services aimed at powering breakthrough applications. More

HHS: Health law has helped insure 16.4 million
Kaiser Health News
A total of 16.4 million nonelderly adults have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law five years ago this month – a "historic" reduction in the number of uninsured, the Department of Health and Human Services said. Those gaining insurance since 2010 include 2.3 million young adults aged 18 to 26 who were able to remain on their parents' health insurance plus another 14.1 million adults who obtained coverage through expansions of the Medicaid program, new marketplace coverage and other sources, according to the report.More

Are physician groups on board with ICD-10 transition?
The American Medical Association, along with 99 other physician groups, asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide contingency plans for the potential pitfalls of the ICD-10 transition. Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association, has stated that physicians' fears of ICD-10 implementation issues are "unfounded," according to the Health Leaders Media publication.More