Southern California Simulation Collaborative Hosts TeleHealth Robotics and Laerdal Mini-SUN

telepresence in healthcare simulation

On Friday at Cal State LA about 50 Southern California Simulation Collaborative (SCSC) met for a day of simulation activities, starting with a presentation from CSL School of Health Lecturer Jane Hook MN RN about utilizing Telehealth robots in the simulation experience. The event was sponsored by Laerdal who helped to provide lunch for the participants.

The mobile telepresence was a product from Double Robotics device was controlled by an iPhone, which also provided the camera for the iPad like screen which represented Jane as she drove around the room. Following this the group moved to the simulation lab to watch how the telepresence robot moved into the room and engage with the simulated patient. For large rural areas, these devices will become more and more common as select medical personnel remain

The goals of the program to utilize TeleHealth were around promoting interprofessional education:

  • Allow students in different programs to participate in simulation together
  • Allow the pre-licensure student to communicate with a HCP and give report, take oders, read back, etc.
  • Incorporate telehehalth technologies.

Further reading: “Clinical applications: telenursing and medicine to monitor critical care patients”. (Trenary, K. (2007) iCare Intensive Care, Banner Healthcare, Arizone Nurse Mar2007. 60(20)p6.

Check out this case study from the Duke University School of Nursing highlighting the use of the Double Robotics telepresence mobile device.


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Later in the afternoon meeting sponsor Laerdal provided a “mini” SUN, providing CEUs on various product showcases.

For more information check out these websites:

Southern California Simulation Collaborative

Double Robotics Telepresence Website

Cal State LA Nursing Simulation Center


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