March 19, 2019By Lance Baily

Level 3 Healthcare’s Helpful A/V System Design Resources & April 16-18th Sim Tech Boot Camp!

Level 3 Healthcare, and its parent company Level 3 Audio Visual, have been providing some really useful resources on their websites for healthcare simulation champions looking to learn how to better prepare for and execute the design and installation of A/V systems in medical simulation. Today, we provide a quick summary of some of their most recent helpful articles to empower you and your clinical simulation program to grow! We also share about their special Sim Tech Boot Camp coming up, as well as news of a recent acquisition by the company!

Simulation Technician Boot-Camp April 16-18th, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona: Take the opportunity to focus on all the technical details of what it takes specifically to operate and manage a simulation center. From the AV installations, to the design and engineering. Ensure that your simulation operations contains a standard base of education and skills with the Level 3 Healthcare Simulation Bootcamp. Their goal is to advance the role of the operation specialist & the techs in leadership, role discovery, and job skill requirements. The 16 hands-on classes will focus on array of skills and information that is uncommon in the typical “educational environment”. This Simulation Bootcamp is designed specifically to provide a source of education & training for Simulation Technicians, Operation Specialists, and Simulation Enthusiasts in emerging healthcare technologies. The program is designed to improve & expand the knowledge of simulation education & operations, and to define a standard in the educational matrix.

How to Get the Most out of Your AV Budget1. Don’t pay for unnecessary features and functionality. The latest, greatest, shiniest new AV trend isn’t always the right or best solution. You might be paying for features you don’t need and won’t use. You can save money by choosing a less flashy tool that does just what you need. And a qualified AV engineer can help you tell the difference. “Our engineering staff will select equipment based upon the needs of the application,” said Brent Stanphill, Senior Enterprise Account Manager at Level 3. “If there are options, we will give professional recommendations that could save costs while still accomplishing your goals.” 2. Take a phased approach. Instead of trying to get all the new AV technology and tools you need in one fell swoop, consider implementing them in phases. By making the most essential purchases first, you spread out costs and get the chance to see how your tools are working and what gaps remain. 3. Forget the fancy furniture. AV furniture has come a long way since the days of pressed wood and veneers. There is no need to spend extra money on designer furniture to hold your AV hardware. In most cases, regular AV furniture will do the trick and leave you with money left over for purchases that will directly improve the user experience.

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How to Design a Training Room That Delivers Results: Must Haves: 1. An interactive display. Having the right kind—and right number—of displays ensures everyone can see the materials and learn from your training content. An interactive display has the added benefit of encouraging collaborative learning. Further enhance collaboration by adding video conferencing and content-sharing capabilities that support BYOD. 2. A professional audiovisual system. If training participants can’t see a presenter or hear what’s being said, they won’t learn. An enterprise-quality AV system is critical to your corporate training room design. A well-designed room equipped with beamforming microphone arrays will ensure participants can hear presenters no matter where they are in the room. Video conferencing hardware and software will help you accommodate and involve remote participants. 3. An intuitive control hub. Remember that old rule from your college days—if the professor is 15 minutes late, the class walks out? Well, being late isn’t the only way to waste valuable class time. It takes an average of 15 percent of a meeting’s total time, or nine minutes of a 60-minute meeting, just to get the video conferencing system and other room technology up and running. Participants might not walk out, but they will start to lose patience and interest. A touchscreen control panel lets you get your room ready and your technology running with the push of a button—all before participants have even found their seats.

3 Questions to Answer Before You Choose a Simulation Solution: Does the simulation system have all the features you need? You might be enticed by a low price, but does that price include all the features you need, such as recording, control room, and debriefing room software, as well as video streaming? Are you choosing a stationary system when you could make better use of a mobile one? If you have to add components or capabilities to a system after you’ve purchased it, you’ll probably end up spending more money than you would have had you invested in a more comprehensive system in the first place. You may run into usability and compatibility issues as well. For example, SimStation provides multiple configuration options so you can get the right mix of capabilities the first time. Is the quote comprehensive? Many vendors will present the lowest upfront cost to win your business and later apply change orders for AV installation and other ancillary costs. The only way to accurately compare simulation systems based on price is to make sure those prices include all desired features, installation, maintenance, and other support.

Newton Buchanan Joins the Level 3 Healthcare Team! Newton has been involved in healthcare simulation technology, training, and research for over eight years, serving as a simulation engineer/technologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During this time, he established a presence in the simulation technology and large format simulation training arena. His specialties include Audio/Video capture strategies, simulation curriculum development, workflow optimization, team/group communication improvement, establishing institutional communication channels to foster better workflow and project deliverables, remote (Tele) simulation design and implementation. He has a strong interest in culture as it relates to team performance and project implementation. Newton is also a professional actor in the city of Philadelphia, PA. He’s been working in theatre for more than fifteen years and uses his theatrical arts, communications, and technical theatre skills (lighting and sound design) to better serve his simulation training/simulation and clinical research projects. As a Sim Operations & Technology Specialist with our Level 3 Healthcare team, Newton supports the sales team, and seeks new opportunities for institutions to be better at what they do best.

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Level 3 Audio Visual acquires New York based Audio Visual Resources (AVR): Level 3 Audio Visual, LLC, a full-service AV integration and education organization located in Mesa, Arizona announces today the acquisition of Audio Visual Resources, Inc. (AVR) located in Mineola, NY. The acquisition combines one of the nation’s top integration firms with the industry leader in system testing and verification, and the only firm ever to have achieved both ISO 9000 and AV-9000 Certifications. If you were to ask the teams at both companies, you would be told this is less of a corporate “acquisition” and more of a “passing of the torch”. Mario dedicated much of his life to the pursuit of technical knowledge where quality, integrity, honor, process and proof are integrated into the standardization and delivery of AV systems. The fact that Mario is passing this knowledge and commitment onto his son James and his “adopted” son Jeremy marks yet another tremendous success milestone in the life and career of Mario Maltese. Brad Peterson, CEO of Level 3 Audio Visual stated, “I am amazed by the synergy our two companies have created and feel humbled and honored to enter the New York market on such solid ground with such an amazing team”.

About Level 3 Healthcare

Level 3 Healthcare is a division of Level 3 Audiovisual, consisting of in-house project managers, service and field technicians, and technology design engineers. They suggest you can save time by working with a company that doesn’t depend on outsourced talent. They strive to be your single-point of contact for guidance, support and service related to audiovisual and simulation technologies. Regardless of the size, education facilities focus remains the same: patient safety. Level 3 Healthcare employs a team of healthcare education professionals who understand the role that technology plays in supporting educational initiatives. While audiovisual solutions is their passion, these experts have years of experience using all kinds of technology that include: patient simulators, part-task trainers, add-on tech for standardized/simulated patients/participants, debriefing tools, and management systems. All Medical Simulation integrations Include:

  • Multi-Angle Video Capture: Capture wide, medium and close-ups at once with the most flexible camera support in the industry. Web, IP, and SDI cameras are all supported.
  • User Portfolios: Assemble user portfolios automatically while tracking performance and progress. The comprehensive record of all center activities for each user is filterable and searchable.
  • Curriculum Management: Manage and administer instructional content and OSCEs in a collaborative environment. Scheduling, enrollment and notifications are seamlessly integrated.
  • Performance Assessments: Customizable checklist and reporting features are ideal for administering OSCEs, tracking simulation center performance or for clinical care assessment.
  • Video Distribution: Network and cloud-based video distribution allows for simulcasting, or post playback from virtually anywhere – and on any desktop or mobile device
  • Enterprise-Level Security: LDAP integration and customizable roles, permissions and department structuring allow for true enterprise-level use. Data is kept safe and properly separated.

Learn More on the Level 3 Healthcare Website Today!

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