Echo Healthcare Announces Simulation Technical Support Innovation ‘MeLiSA’ & North American Distribution of Key Products From the U.K.
Echo Healthcare made its global debut at SimGHOSTS 2018 USA last week, showcasing a wealth of new distribution deals with innovative simulation products from companies based in the United Kingdom including TruCorp, smots, and Inovus Medical. The company also announced a revolution in technical support for the healthcare simulation industry with the announcement of MeLiSA, also known as Master Level Service Agreement. Founded by experts with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare simulation industry, the team is passionate about redefining innovation, service, and technical support for institutions ready to move beyond “technology hurdles and downtime”.
When asked about the Master Level Service Agreement or MeLiSA, Echo Healthcare CEO Kevin King shared that “The birth of MeLiSA came after hearing the same common technical frustrations from thousands of simulation champions around the world, regardless of the manufacturer.” What we learned about MeLiSA is very exciting but we can’t share more just yet other than that the aim of MeLiSA is to eliminate downtime by providing champions instant online access to an active technical support network to quickly identify and solve issues. “We want to help you save your simulation day!” King exclaimed.
Innovative product offerings
Echo Healthcare has chosen to partner with select product manufacturers currently from the UK, but with distribution partners around the world, to represent their products in North America. To King and the Echo Healthcare team, redefining innovation in the medical simulation market means “providing champions with choices which reflect their training needs, meet their budgets, and maximize their learning outcomes. To this end, Echo Healthcare proudly announced class-leading technology by: SMOTS audio video solutions, TruCorp medical training devices & software, and Inovus Medical surgical training devices which include an entirely brand new hysterectomy simulator system.
smots AudioVisual Recording Systems
Established in 1963 and based in Edinburgh (UK), Scotia UK plc has developed, manufactured and distributed the smots (Scotia Medical Observation and Training System) from its launch in 2005 to the present day. The smots system, comprising both hardware and software is in continuous development to provide customers with innovative solutions to meet their varied training requirements. With an established customer base of over 500 systems, smots is now rightly considered to be the de-facto standard for high quality, live observation, recording, debriefing and secure data management systems. Major users of smots include the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore, Bergen College in the US, numerous sites across the Middle East, King’s College London, Imperial College London, UCLH, University of Hertfordshire, NHS Lothian, University of Northumbria, NHS Teaching Hospitals nationally, and the UK’s Ministry of Defense. Watch this video demonstration recorded by HealthySimulation previously at ASPiH UK:
TruCorp Medical Training Devices & Software
TruCorp Ltd originates to the department of anesthesia at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, where two anesthetists identified a need for more realistic training manikins. Now with over 15 years’ experience within the medical simulation market, TruCorp Ltd, are committed to the development of anatomically correct products to deliver medical best practice. TruCorp Air-Sim X airways lead the market in both adult and pediatric airway management training, with additional expertise in EMS education through trauma skills training. The latest product, the TruMonitor app, allows users to deliver training effectively by simulating a patient monitor.
Michael Calo, Director of Sales and Marketing at TruCorp shared “We are excited to work with the ECHO Healthcare team, and are confident that by partnering with this dynamic and innovative team we will be able to redefine excellence in high fidelity simulation and service. Echo Healthcare’s experience in medical simulation, innovation and education will position us well for success in the coming year.”
Inovus Medical Surgical Training Devices
Inovus Medical is a multi-award winning designer and manufacturer of medical and surgical simulation products. Founded in 2012 by a medical student and a psychology graduate, Inovus revolutionized the delivery of surgical simulation by brining to market the worlds first and most affordable range of take-home laparoscopic surgical simulators. Since the launch of these, Inovus has grown its range of laparoscopic simulators to include institutional simulators, used in over 50% of NHS trusts in the UK, as well as adding to their range of healthcare simulators with Sellick the cricoid pressure trainer, the worlds only commercially available cricoid pressure task trainer. All Inovus products are designed in-house by their team of designers and practicing clinicians. Inovus products are manufactured from their facility and headquarters based in St Helens, UK and shipped across the globe. You can learn more about Inovus from our recent article covering their first attendance at IMSH in 2018.
Finally, Kevin shared with HealthySimulation.com writers at SimGHOSTS that for Echo Healthcare, “the focus always remains on the patient, and we are committed to providing the right solutions to ensure the successful delivery of education in simulated environments.”
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.