Medical Training Magazine Interviews President of Simulab Doug Beighle Regarding Simulation & Patient Safety Industries
Recently our friends at Medical Training Magazine (formerly MedSim Magazine) interview Doug Beighle, President and COO of Simulab, regarding the current state of the simulation and patient safety industries. As a board member of key organizations between these industries like the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH), SSH, and NPSF — Doug sits in a unique position to share where the worlds of patient safety and simulation can collaborate to improve healthcare outcomes on an international level. Here below, are a few excerpts from the edition which you can read fully through the link below!
Medical Training Magazine: You are on a number of Boards and important committees at the SSIH, National Patient Safety Foundation and GNSH to name a few and you work very hard to get members of the different associations to work together to achieve common goals. Please discuss the importance of working together and what you would like to see accomplished.
Doug Beighle: At Simulab we have a very experienced management team, which gives me an opportunity to spend almost a third of my time focused on issues external to our company. Nearly five years ago we realized the Patient Safety and Medical Simulation movements were suffering from the same symptom – lack of resources. By this I mean a lack of adequate budget: allocated trainer time, learner time, and training facilities and equipment. The majority of my external work is an effort to support these movements by increasing awareness, working to break down silos, and building partnerships. Medical errors in the United States are a multi-billion dollar annual problem. Yet, two of the most powerful opportunities to reduce these errors, patient safety programs and simulation-based education are under-resourced. Bringing in a business perspective helps healthcare educators and patient safety professionals build a case to get their projects adequately funded. Ultimately, the first step towards reducing medical errors requires that educators, healthcare providers, patient safety experts, and financial officers break down their silos and work together using the same language.
MTM: How could the simulation industry help itself and the healthcare sector to improve training, patient care and results?
DB: There are many initiatives that can help speed up the process of improving patient care. One of the highest impact possibilities is integrating the simulator and curricula into one training system. In these settings learners would use a simulator and modules to self-direct learning. These systems create the ability to easily measure a learner’s path to mastery. This process would not only reduce the cost of educational interventions, but it might increase the likelihood of retention. Additionally, without the need for an instructor to be present, scheduling periodic assessments of adherence would be easier. There are examples of this today from the Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) product from Laerdal, products from SonoSim and many other virtual reality training systems.
MTM: What effect do you think the merger between the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation will have on patient safety and outcomes?
DB: As a member of one of the NPSF committees I do not know the behind the scenes but everyone believes it will be a very beneficial merger. The new group will continue under the IHI name and one of its goals is to revitalize the issue of patient safety. Derek Feeley, CEO and president of IHI, will lead the combined organization and Dr. Tejal Gandhi, president and CEO of NPSF, will lead the new organization’s patient safety teams. One goal of the new group is to draw greater attention to patient safety across the care continuum and not just in hospitals. It would be beneficial if they work with industry, academia and hospitals to bring innovation to medical education and work together by having state chapters or regional chapters.