Simulation Spotlight
Sep. 2, 2015

3-D printing makes a complex brain surgery possible, saves woman's life
It isn't news that 3-D printing is playing a major role in the advancement of medicine and medical treatments around the world. There have been countless stories where the technology literally has saved the lives of dozens of people who previously would probably have been left without any reliable surgical options. It's the 3-D printing of accurate, detailed medical models that are allowing surgical teams to better understand and envision problems that require repairing within the human body.More

Medical residency interview scheduling, automated
HealthLeaders Media
Scheduling interviews between residency applicants and medical education residency program coordinators is about to get easier, if one startup's promise to automate the process holds true. Each summer, a bit of computer science commences which optimizes U.S. healthcare behind the scenes. The Electronic Residency Application Service, operated by the Association of American Medical Colleges, starts accepting fourth-year medical student applications for residency programs starting the following July.More

Nursing and the power of touch
By Keith Carlson
Since the early days of nursing, touch has been an intrinsic tool used by nurses throughout the world. From an encouraging hand on a shoulder, to a cool hand on a feverish forehead, to Reiki delivered at the bedside, touch is a hallmark of caring, healing and compassion. Even as technology becomes more central to healthcare and nurses become overwhelmed with tasks, skin-to-skin contact is an art that must remain a central tenet of nursing care.More

Augmented reality guides surgeons on the battlefield
Indiana University, Purdue University via Futurity
Researchers are developing an augmented reality telementoring system that could provide effective support to surgeons on the battlefield from specialists thousands of miles away. Telementoring allows a surgeon performing an operation to receive remote guidance from an expert using telecommunications. However, current systems require the surgeon to shift focus to a nearby apparatus called a telestrator, diverting attention from the operating table, said Juan Wachs, an associate professor of industrial engineering at Purdue.More

Pharmacy students embrace 'sim learning'
Pharmacy News Today
Students at Fairleigh Dickinson University's School of Pharmacy will soon be able to expand their learning experience beyond the classroom. The Florham Park, New Jersey-based pharmacy school will begin allowing third-year students to attend sessions at The Medicines Company's Sim Lab in Parsippany, New Jersey, this fall, according to Fred Pane, RPh, FASHP, FABC, the senior director for National Accounts and Health System Engagement at the company. More

AHRQ funds target research, IT tools to improve patient safety
HealthData Management
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is making millions of dollars available for ambulatory care and long-term care facilities to research strategies to improve patient safety through information technology and other evidence-based tools. The purpose of the new funding opportunity announcement is to support investigative research projects that examine the epidemiology of patient safety in these environments, gather evidence on strategies that can improve safety and develop tools to implement the strategies, according to AHRQ.More

Empathy training makes a difference for doctors
The Philadelphia Inquirer via
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. Medical educators at Drexel have designed a tool for Internet-based training for medical students using actors — or "standardized patients," as they're called in this context.More

Report: Telehealth will have strong impact on home health by 2020
By Scott E. Rupp
A new report suggests the market for home health technology will see strong growth, and telehealth will have an "impact on nearly every aspect of the healthcare ecosystem." Thus, the global market for home health technologies will grow from somewhere around $3.4 billion in 2014 to more than $13 billion by 2020. Remote medical consultations will constitute the largest portion of this revenue mix, followed by eldercare, medical monitoring, and health and wellness devices.More

World-first simulation training improves management of home-birth emergencies
Monash University via Health Canal
While home births are a safe and appropriate choice for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies, the small risk of an emergency requires immediate and skilled management by midwives. A home-birth simulation workshop developed by Monash University and Monash Health has shown to enhance the clinical skills of midwives and paramedic staff to support home birth practice with hospital back up.More

Can role-playing program for doctors and patients reduce antibiotic prescriptions?
MedCity News
One of the challenges the Obama administration has taken on is antibiotic resistance stemming, in part, from the overprescription of antibiotics. Kognito Solutions views it as a communication issue and is responding with a program that simulates the roles of patients and physicians to change attitudes to antibiotic prescriptions.More

Car technology helps prevent hospital falls among patients
It may come as a surprise, but hospitals are not the safest place when it comes to the danger of falling. Possibly due to medications and lack of familiarity, a patient falling is a very serious problem for hospitals. The technology you've seen in cars is helping cut down on falls.More