CAE Healthcare Dominates the News: Canadian Government Funding, New Chief Learning Executive Dr. Patel, and TellYes China Event

You know its been a big week for CAE Healthcare after Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau helped announce a $1B investment which is “about creating high-skilled jobs in Canada today, while making sure Canada’s next generation of pilots, engineers, doctors, and nurses have access to some of the most advanced simulation tools and training programs in the world. With this funding, CAE will continue to raise the bar for training standards, from the cockpit to the operating room, and help drive the success of Canada’s aerospace industry.” Match this with the recent announcement that the company has brought on one of the most influential Simulation Champions in the space, Dr. Amar Patel, as Chief Learning Officer and a recap of the first CAE Healthcare supported TellYes run APSSH meeting and you can see why CAE Healthcare has dominated the news this week!

CAE Healthcare to Invest $1B into Simulation Over Next 5 Years with Huge Canadian Government Financial Support

CAE today announced that it will be investing C$1 billion over the next five years in innovation to stay at the forefront of the training industry. One of the main objectives of the investment is to fund Project Digital Intelligence, a digital transformation project to develop the next generation training solutions for aviation, defense & security and healthcare. In partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Québec, the project will allow CAE to continue to play a key role in making air travel safer, defense forces mission ready, and helping medical personnel save lives. Other benefits include reducing aviation’s environmental footprint and addressing the worldwide demand for aircrews.

The Government of Canada and the Government of Québec will provide a combined investment of close to C$200 million over the next five years (C$150 million for Canada and C$47.5 million for Québec). Executives and employees of CAE were joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier of Québec Philippe Couillard for the announcement which signals one of the most significant investments in innovation in the aviation training industry globally.

“As a powerhouse of innovation, CAE has been at the forefront of the training industry, including digital technology, for years. This strategic investment will take our company to the next level,” said Marc Parent, President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE. “By seizing new technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, or augmented reality, as well as many others, and applying them to the science of learning, we will revolutionize the training experience of pilots, aircrews and healthcare professionals, as well as improve safety. We are committed to investing C$1 billion over the next five years to help position CAE, Québec and Canada as leaders in digital technology.”

Project Digital Intelligence will transform CAE’s products and services to leverage digital technologies, ranging from big data to artificial intelligence, cloud-computing, cybersecurity and augmented/virtual reality. CAE will develop its next-generation training technologies for aviation, defense & security, and healthcare, while making use of its extensive training network and data ecosystem. The project includes three major activity areas: advanced digital technology development, digital transformation of the training and user experience, as well as CAE innovation and collaboration facilities.

CAE Healthcare Appoints Dr. Amar Patel as Chief Learning Officer

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Amar Patel DHSc, MS, NRP, CHSE, FSSH, who was recently appointed as the Chief Learning Officer and Leader of the Healthcare Academy, North America for CAE Healthcare. Dr. Patel is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Healthcare Academy.

Prior to this position, Dr. Patel served as the Executive Director of WakeMed Innovations and the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals (which were host to the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA event). He was responsible for all innovation projects across the healthcare system from conceptual designs and theoretical applications to creating new technological solutions or developing new care delivery models. In addition to WakeMed Innovations, Dr. Patel was responsible for integrating technology-based educational programs to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, eLearning applications, simulation-based research, and hybrid education. He previously served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park.


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Dr. Patel is considered a simulation expert and much-published key opinion leader with 60+ abstract, article and textbook chapter publications to date. With a professional history that includes stints as a firefighter, paramedic, educator, researcher, and curriculum developer. Dr. Patel maintains over 17 certifications and is currently involved in several healthcare quality committees.

Dr. Patel is involved in innovation and simulation-based research projects that focus on how the simulation education model, tangible and intangibles processes, and technology impact healthcare delivery. Dr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Services Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

CAE Healthcare Supports TellYes China APSSH Meeting

The Annual Conference of Asia-Pacific Society for Simulation in Healthcare (APSSH) and HPSN China 2018 was successfully held at Crowne Plaza in Guangzhou, China from Aug 3rd to 5th, 2018.

The opening ceremony on Aug 4th was hosted by Kuang Ming, Vice President of The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University. Then Wu Zhongdao, the Secretary of The Party Committee of Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, Li Haichao, Vice President of Peking University First Hospital, Chen Qiongzhu, Vice President of Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, John Ren, COO of Tellyes Scientific Inc., and Marco Grit, Vice President of CAE Healthcare attended and delivered speech at the opening ceremony and panel.

Chad Epps, Immediate Past President of Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and Jacob Henry from CAE Healthcare delivered speech on SSH Accreditation and CRM Training respectively at the Plenary.

In the afternoon of Aug 5th, a Mass Casualty Drill jointly organized by Tellyes Scientific Inc., CAE Healthcare and The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University attracted the participants of the conference. The doctors and firefighters offered first aid to the wounded in the scenario of a severe car accident. After the drill, Hu Wenjie, the Director of Medical Simulation Center, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, debriefed the emergency treatment and explained the design of Interprofessional Education(IPE).

During the two-day main conference, more than 300 participants attended 31 workshops and 6 Parallel Sessions on Training Center Management, OBGYN & Pediatrics Simulation, SP Methodology, Resident & Specialist Standardized Training, Respiratory/Anesthesia/EMS/Critical Care Simulation and Nursing Simulation.

Various post-conference training courses, including Simulation Educator Train-the-trainer Course, BLS/ACLS Training, OBGYN Simulation Educator Training, OSCE Design and Center Management, SSH Accreditation and CHSE Preparation Course, Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Train-the-trainer Courses 01/02/03 are going on from Aug 6th to 15th. The TellYes teams welcomes you to join them to their next event: APMSH in 2019!

Learn more on the CAE Healthcare Website!


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