Simulation Spotlight
Sep. 18, 2013

Do you have a great game to show off? SSH is accepting applications for the 4th Annual IMSH Serious Games and Virtual Environments (VE) Arcade
The SSH Serious Games and Virtual Environments Special Interest Group invites you to submit applications to the 4th Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environments (VE) Arcade and Showcase. Serious Games and Virtual Environments (VE) Arcade and Showcase provides an environment where users of virtual and game-based technology can collaborate and network with students, clinicians, educators, start-ups, as well as small and large established companies.More

Could a national portal provide interoperabilty insights to improve patient safety?
MedCity News
One of the key challenges in health IT is surmounting the data integration issues. For instance, take time discrepancies. Discrepancies between a medical device clock time, the time stamp on an electronic medical record and clock time on a wall can make all the difference if a nurse or physician is trying to gauge the effectiveness of a patient’s therapy. Dr Julian Goldman, who heads up the Medical Device Plug and Play Interoperability Program at Massachusetts General, is leading the charge to set up a national portal in the next three months that would collect information on adverse events and document areas where interoperability could improve patient safety. More

Professor helps open Rwanda's first medical skills center
Dal News
Since 1994, Rwanda has been working to re-establish its healthcare system, and Dr. Patty Livingston of Dalhousie Medical School has been instrumental in opening the first simulation and skills center in the central African country this summer. The new facility, located at the National University of Rwanda, will help train local doctors and other health professionals.More

Simulator could reduce birth mortality rates in developing nations
The Guardian
Norwegian designers created the devices with the aim of reducing the number of newborn babies and mothers that die just after giving birth. The 'Natalie Collection' includes a novel birthing simulator that can be used with fake blood to prepare midwives for post birth bleeding. The Helping Babies Breathe program, which uses the contraptions in Tanzania, showed a 47 percent reduction in newborn death due to asphyxia.More

Using models to validate changes to healthcare processes
Healthcare Global
A model in its simplest form is a preview of coming construction. Chefs model their meals with menus and recipes. Software teams use flowcharts as models for applications that may entail hundreds of thousands of lines of code. Architects, who once modeled their buildings with foam board, continue today with 3-D renderings and building information modeling (BIM) applications that provide exquisitely detailed visualizations of projects. Models are critical to decision making because they provide a focus for discussion and analysis before an organization commits its future to an expensive and time-consuming project. In the healthcare world, static modeling of buildings can help architects anticipate construction costs and manage schedules, but this type of modeling does not necessarily create the most efficient workspaces for doctors and nurses, as well as inpatients, outpatients and emergency room patients.More

Portland couple thrives on playing heart attack victims, angry patients and drug addicts
Portland Business Journal
Ben and Jill D'Aubery have delivered some outstanding performances and received rave reviews at a variety of Portland venues. But neither the public nor theater critics have seen their work. That’s because the couple specialize in playing "standardized patients" at Oregon Health & Science University, the National College of Natural Medicine, the University of Western States' chiropractic program, Kaiser Permanente, and Portland-area dental and pharmaceutical programs.More

Bedside ultrasound training improves patient safety at UCLA
Both the technology and uses for ultrasound has expanded greatly in recent decades. The noninvasive technology allows visualization of internal structures without exposing a patient to radiation. On Sept. 12, UCLA Health System announced that it had received a $250,000 University of California grant to implement the bedside ultrasound training program. The two-year grant, “Impact on Quality and Safety of the Implementation of a Formal Curriculum for Bedside Ultrasound at UCLA,” will be led by Dr. Elizabeth Turner, UCLA director of bedside ultrasound in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.More