Simulation Spotlight
May. 21, 2014

Reinventing the simulation center OR
Healthcare Design
When Cedars-Sinai Medical Center partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense on a simulation center to address trauma care workflow and procedures, they didn’t just think outside the box — they replaced it. "If you really want to simulate, you shouldn’t start with a predetermined box," says Carlos Amato, principal/western region healthcare market leader, architecture, for CannonDesign. Instead, the team replaced traditional walls and ceilings with movable parts and pieces that can flex and adapt to various needs, under both civilian and military settings.More

Physicians learn more, faster, with simulators
Tech Page One
Surgical simulators already are having a profound effect on surgical training. They have given doctors a lifelike look and feel of internal organs, enabling them to replicate surgeries with unprecedented accuracy. The result: Physicians and nurses can improve their techniques in a more effective, less costly way. They can repeat surgical steps time and again until they have mastered them. "Studies show simulations are working. Those who use them are more proficient than those not trained on simulators," says Pam Jeffries, Ph.D., vice provost for digital initiatives at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and president, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH), professor. More

Call for content & abstracts IMSH 2015
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3-D realistic simulation model of whole human heart unveiled at SIMULIA community conference
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company has unveiled the world’s first 3-D realistic simulation model of a whole human heart. Developed with a multidisciplinary team of heart experts to help combat cardiovascular disease, the “Living Heart Project” will launch the next frontier in diagnosing, treating and preventing heart conditions through personalized, 3-D virtual models.More

Wearable technology: The coming revolution in healthcare
The Huffington Post
The year 2014 may well go down as the year of wearable technology. The impact of wearables is already being felt in education, communication, navigating, and entertainment; but perhaps the greatest potential lies in healthcare. Wearable technology has started to revolutionize healthcare by assisting doctors in the operating room and providing real time access to electronic health records.More

Use of simulation techniques in medical education results in improved patient care, better outcomes
The use of simulation techniques in medical education, such as lifelike mannequins and computer systems, results in improved patient care, better outcomes and other benefits, according to a study led by a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher.More

Electronic computer blood mimics the human brain
By Lauren Swan
In October of 2013, IBM unveiled a prototype of a new computer powered by blood — electronic blood. Based off the human brain, researchers theorized they could create a charged fluid that would run through computers supplying power while removing heat. The system was basic, but they estimated that someday they would be able to fit a petaflop computer — normally half the size of a football field — on a desktop. IBM was originally hoping to have this idea shift to reality by 2060, but it may happen sooner than they anticipate.More

From analytics brokers to simulation software: A healthcare data pro's innovation wish list
MedCity News
Technologies that turn healthcare data into knowledge make up a market that's projected to grow more than 20 percent over each of the next five years. It's quickly become a crowded space with startups and big players alike, but according to Pamela Peele, there are still some pain points left to be solved. Peele is chief analytics officer at UPMC. At the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, she shared how the country's second-largest payer-provider organization is using machine learning and data analysis to understand and manage its financial risk.More

Director of health science simulation center earns national certification
University of Hawaii
UH Mānoa Nursing recognizes Dr. Lorrie Wong, Ph.D., RN, CHSE-A, director of the UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center (UH THSSC), for successfully completing the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Advanced (CHSE-Advanced) certification. CHSE-Advanced is a multidisciplinary program administered by The Society for Simulation in Healthcare to certify healthcare simulation educators who demonstrate advanced professional and educational knowledge, skills and abilities in healthcare simulation.More

Integrating telemedicine and mHealth into the health system
By Jessica Taylor
Many people think futuristic possibilities when they hear about telemedicine and mobile health, but the reality is that both will increase productivity and efficiency throughout the health system in the coming years. At the ATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Trade Show, healthcare colleagues were discussing how the alternative to face-to-face communication — telemedicine — has grown remarkably in the past few years and is continuing to do so. More