Simulation Spotlight
Jul. 3, 2013

How Google Glass is changing medical education
Medical education, from traditional medical school to the field training of paramedics, is about to fall under the influence of Google Glass. Today, high-tech training simulation is mainstream. For example, computer driven mannequins can be programmed to simulate an extensive array of cardiac arrhythmias from ventricular fibrillation to atrial flutter — all important clinical conditions, but with greatly varying treatment scenarios. And making a "training emergency" as real as possible helps improved what happens in the real world. But now, Google Glass is being tested as a new layer of technology that makes education more realistic and potentially more effective.More

Quantification of surgical technique using an inertial measurement unit
Simulation in Healthcare (login required)
Quantifying the algorithmic information content of hand motion patterns during a surgical task enables the comparison of different groups, novice and expert. Previously, it has been shown that the information content/complexity of hand motion patterns during the surgical skill/subtask of knot tying reduces with increased expertise. It is hypothesized that the information content/complexity of motion patterns would also reduce with expertise during a more complex surgical task of a bench model venous anastomosis.More

Making connections
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare is pleased to announce the dates and theme for the upcoming annual meeting, the 14th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2014): Making Connections.

The theme, Making Connections, will come alive throughout the meeting as attendees “connect” with simulation experts, colleagues and partners from around the world. Collaboration and networking across continents, between professional organizations and among healthcare teams will give simulation professionals a chance to learn, grow and expand in the exciting and rapidly advancing field of healthcare simulation.More

Provisional accreditation for sim centers
Do you have a new or emerging simulation program? If you answered yes, then SSH Provisional Accreditation is just around the corner. The Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs is in the final stages of development for the new SSH Provisional Accreditation Program.More

Patient safety: Pay now or pay later
HealthLeaders Media
Some hospitals believe they can't afford investing in assistive technologies that improve patient safety and protect nurses from injury. Can they afford not to? Technology, such as ceiling lifts, to assist in moving, lifting and repositioning patients can prevent injuries among nursing staff and enhance the patient experience, yet some hospitals are reluctant to implement them.More

2 new Wi-Fi/WiMax patents represent breakthrough in medical simulation technology
PR Newswire via Herald Online
Lisa Pamintuan, President of New York College of Health Professions, announces two more patents granted for the college's highly coveted Intellectual Patent Portfolio. Recently, the college announced memorandums of understanding with Touro College/New York Medical College and Wake Forest Innovations to develop and commercialize certain technologies. The college has also indicated that it is working with multi-billion dollar global companies on some of its patents and expects other universities and corporationsMore

Empathy can help hospitalists improve patient experience, outcomes
The Hospitalist
Dr. Burke T. Kealey writes, "In today's increasingly hyper-measured healthcare world, we are looking more and more at measures of patient outcomes. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) touts the Triple Aim principle as the lens through which we should be approaching our work. The Triple Aim is the three-part goal and simultaneous focus of improving the health of the community and patients, improving affordability of care, and finally and perhaps most elusively, improving the patient experience. Who wouldn't want to hit on these admirable goals? How do we do it?"More