Simulation Spotlight
Jul. 15, 2015

Lung simulation could improve respiratory treatment
University of Michigan via
The first computer model that predicts the flow of liquid medication in human lungs is providing new insight into the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome.More

Simulation helps health professionals improve emergency care
One of Canada's largest annual simulation training events for health professionals is giving dozens of critical care trainees from across the country important insight into handling real-life medical scenarios. Forty-four trainees, along with 27 nurses and respiratory therapists, are undertaking an intensive two-day, multidisciplinary Acute Critical Events Simulation training course at the University of Alberta's Health Sciences Education and Research Commons. More

Beyond tech: The human side of remote monitoring and health call centers
By Karen R. Thomas
What comes to mind when you think about remote patient monitoring? The first thing most people think of are the various technologies that make this transfer of health data possible. They envision the remote monitoring devices that collect data such as weight, pulse, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, blood glucose readings and so on, and transmit that data back to a technology hub. What isn't often discussed, however, is the human element that is the real power behind this type of telehealth.More

New bonelike silicon material could bring a breakthrough in medical implantation
International Business Times
Making another breakthrough in the field of medical research, the scientists at the University of Chicago have developed a bonelike silicon material with the help of different chemical processes.More

U of I Jump Simulation Center wants to teach medicine, innovation
Chicago Tribune
Like airlines and military, medical schools are increasingly using simulation to train the doctors of the future. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's new engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine, scheduled to open in 2018, will include a high-tech medical simulation center.More

'Instagram for doctors': App lets healthcare professionals team up on patient cases
The Sacramento Bee
It's been dubbed "Instagram for doctors." With a tap on their smartphones, medical professionals are using a novel app, called Figure 1, to upload photos, X-rays and other images of their patients' maladies. Like Facebook for healthcare, Figure 1 lets colleagues chime in with comments, questions and potential diagnoses. More

Physicians working sick despite health risk to patients
Many physicians and advanced practice clinicians work while sick regardless of the health risks they pose to patients, according to a survey published in JAMA Pediatrics. "This descriptive survey investigates the frequency with which and reasons why attending physicians and advanced practice clinicians at a single hospital provide clinical care while sick," Julia E. Szymczak, PhD, of the division of infectious diseases at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues wrote.More

Empathy training for docs
It's hard to teach empathy in the classroom, yet it's one of the foundations of the doctor-patient relationship. How well physicians can put themselves in their patients' shoes is directly linked with patient satisfaction.More

How EHR technology will evolve to support healthcare reform
The design of early EHR technology was driven primarily by the desire to recreate paper charts in digital form. Just as with paper charts, initial EHR systems were meant only to capture information from the clinical episode — the idea of sharing that information across the care continuum wasn't on anyone's radar.More

Survey: Telemedicine use on the rise
By Scott E. Rupp
The latest telehealth report — one of many in a recent string — suggests the market is finally maturing. "Telehealth Index: 2015 Physician Survey" found strong support exists for video-based telemedicine, more so than for telephone or email communications. The report comes at a time when telehealth providers are making a strong push to qualify the video-based doctor's visit as comparable to a trip to the doctor's office, clinic or emergency room. More

The future of wearable technology: The hospitalized patient
The Wearable Technologies Conference 2015 in San Francisco featured a presentation on a revolutionary wearable sensor that promises to help medical personnel prevent pressure ulcers and other hospital-acquired conditions by monitoring patient movement and alerting caregivers when susceptible patients need to be turned and repositioned.More