September 10, 2012By Lance Baily

HealthStream — Helping You Use Simulation to Solve Some of Healthcare’s Big Problems


Today we have a guest post from our advertising sponsor – HealthStream

At HealthStream, we’re dedicated to improving patient and financial outcomes.  Through our flagship learning management system, unparalleled network of content providers, talent management systems, and now simulation solutions, we focus exclusively on providing solutions to meet today’s ever growing challenges in healthcare.

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Our customers represent hospital and healthcare systems from all 50 of the United States, ranging from community hospitals to large, multi-facility healthcare systems.

Our Vision

HealthStream’s vision is to improve the quality of healthcare by assessing and developing the people who deliver care.

Our Learning Solutions

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The HealthStream Learning Center® (HLC) is the most widely adopted healthcare-specific learning management system in the U.S. Healthcare providers use the HLC for scheduling, assigning, tracking, delivering, and reporting on classroom and online learning to support improved outcomes.

We handle content integration and hosting for approximately 6,000 online courses from a wide range of prestigious partners, including Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of Healthcare Solutions.  Since 2005, HealthStream has had a successful partnership with Laerdal selling HeartCode® content, including cognitive courses and skills checks on voice-assisted manikins.


In June of 2010, HealthStream entered into a joint venture with Laerdal to form SimVentures. Six months later, SimCenter was launched with the purpose of “making simulation easier.”

Robert A. Frist, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of HealthStream, said, “With the launch of SimVentures, I believe the complementary strengths of Laerdal and HealthStream create a very capable, compelling organization to advance patient simulation training for the healthcare industry. We are excited to work together with Laerdal as we kick off our new joint venture.”

Our Healthcare Simulation Solutions

Simulation-based training enables learners to practice difficult or infrequently used procedures in a safe environment, resulting in a better trained, more qualified staff. In partnership with Laerdal Medical, we have introduced a suite of simulation tools—SimCenter—designed to revolutionize your simulation-based training programs.


Featuring quality educational materials for users of all levels and backgrounds, SimStore provides educators with an easy-to-use, efficient tool for delivering simulation-based curricula.

SimManager has everything you need to manage a simulation program effectively: manage and schedule simulation instructors, equipment and resources; make assignments; review debriefing files; report on simulator and student activity, and much more.

Facilitate simulation debriefings by capturing audio, video, and data with SimView, then integrate that information back into SimManager for a deeper, more data-rich learning experience.

We recognize that HealthStream customers are all at various stages on their simulation journey – from well-established, large simulation programs to just beginning to plan for simulation and everywhere in between.  We see that our customers are using simulation in many different ways to improve outcomes, including:

•Reduce perinatal risk from shoulder dystocia and post-partum hemorrhage

•Improve the transition to practice for new hires or nurses changing roles within the hospital

•Verify nurse competencies for a wide variety of clinical skills

•Comply with AHA recommendations for ACLS mega codes

•Recognize sepsis earlier and provide the most effective treatment

•Improve communication skills that can lead to an increase in HCAHPS scores

•Prepare for NRP and PALS certifications by practicing pediatric scenarios in a safe environment

•Train providers how to safely operate new medical equipment

•Reduce hospital acquired infections and provide appropriate treatment

•Identify the signs of patient decline and call the Rapid Response team

We strive to help all of our customers improve patient outcomes regardless of where they are today, and work to assist in defining a simulation strategy to fulfill this important mission.

To inquire further about HealthStream’s simulation solutions, click here

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