Simulation Spotlight
Oct. 16, 2013

Why the future of innovation is simulation
When the Thomas Edison was asked about success amidst failure, he said that "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." It also becomes clear why he regarded success as "1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." Failing 10,000 times is a physical and mental undertaking that far exceeds most people's endurance. Today, however, a new breed of innovators are outsourcing failure to computer simulations and it's changing everything we thought we knew about business strategy.More

Nursing professor becomes certified simulation educator
Karen Shepherd, assistant professor of nursing at College of the Ozarks, is now a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. She is one of only 202 professionals who hold the certification. Professionals from 11 different countries and several different professions have applied for this certification. More

Rural hospital simulation center in Chico, Calif., celebrates 7 years
Chico Enterprise-Record
A medical skills training center for local doctors, nurses and students celebrated seven years in operation at an open house. The Rural Northern California Simulation Center, located in Enloe Medical Center's Cohasset campus, houses seven mock patient rooms, pediatric and adult human patient simulators, two birthing simulators and three infant simulators.More

A review of core and teaching standards
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
The free accreditation webinar series is designed to provide information on the SSH accreditation standards, application processes and in-depth focused area review. The webinar series is a valuable opportunity for simulation programs at any level. New and emerging programs, developed programs and accredited programs will benefit from the education provided by one of our experts.More

Newsmaker: Valerie Howard
TribLive News
Valerie Howard was named acting dean of the Robert Morris University School of Nursing, replacing the school's founder, Lynda Davidson. Howard pioneered the use of simulation training for nurses and health care workers and helped found the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education Center at RMU. More

Making your medical records safer
ABC News
The Health Insurance and Medical Privacy Act, or HIPAA, made your electronic medical records a lot safer. As welcome as these changes are, we need to go further. It is time for a federal law requiring encryption of any database that contains personally identifying information (PII). Despite the lunacy now emanating from our nation's capital, despite the insane games of brinksmanship in Washington, I truly do believe the failure to encrypt personally identifiable information is of critical importance to the well being of Americans, and it's an issue we need to deal with right now.More

CAE helps build simulation-based paramedic training system
CAE and Ambulance Victoria have designed a training system for medical professionals to handle multiple casualties in times of emergencies at the SimTect/SimHealth exhibition in Australia. Ambulance Victoria Virtual Paramedic, a finalist at the SimTect Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, works to offer simulation scenarios of situations that need immediate response, CAE said. The system is designed to help paramedics fulfill the roles of senior healthcare personnel and administer first aid treatment to victims during disasters.More

Without test tubes, 3 win nobel in chemistry
The New York Times
Chemistry, meet computer science. This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three researchers for work that did not involve test tubes or lab coats. Instead, they explored the world of molecules virtually, with computers. Such numerical simulations enable the closer study of complex reactions like photosynthesis and combustion, as well as the design of new drugs. More