December 31, 2020By Lance Baily

Latest Clinical Simulation News From Around the World | December 2020

Helping healthcare simulation educators, administrators and learners to stay up to date on industry topics, finds and shares relevant news and information from around the world. This news includes medical simulation innovations, products, vendors, research and more. Check out some of the world’s latest clinical simulation news by exploring the following updates:

Could VR help universities teach students?

In an article published by BBC News, virtual simulation labs are said to be changing the way science and healthcare education are presented to learners. As the COVID-19 pandemic forced many educational institutions and facilities to switch from in-person to remote learning, virtual learning platforms have presented a safe and effective alternative.

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In this video report, BBC Click’s Lara Lewington enters a university science department to be transformed into a virtual learner for a day. She experiences a number of clinical simulation modules using a VR headset and virtual simulation software, like the fully interactive advanced lab simulations produced by Labster.

MTEC Awardee Advances Medical Simulation

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (MRDC) is advancing medical simulation using AUGMED, an augmented reality medical training tool developed by Design Interactive, Inc. an MTEC awardee on behalf of MRDC. In September 2020, 12 soldiers and Army reservists participated in a U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver Course to help prepare soldiers for the application of lifesaving interventions in stressful situations. The MTEC award to Design Interactive, Inc. in 2018, was part of its first multi-topic request for project proposals.

AUGMED is a combination of augmented reality, mixed reality, and virtual reality in simulation designed to assist and support combat lifesaver classroom training. The solution is a multiplatform medical simulation tool that can prepare soldiers for the application of medical interventions in stressful or unpredictable situations via a standard tablet computer and or a pair of Microsoft HoloLens virtual reality goggles.

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Design Interactive is a small business specializing in human systems integration and committed to developing innovative solutions that accelerate human performance. The company focuses on specializing in augmented and virtual reality for medical, industrial and military clients using proprietary models of human behavior and physiology to personalize the user experience. Design Interactive aims to empower people with innovative technology by optimizing the performance of clients’ employees while enhancing consumers’ experiences.

Using an Agile Scrum methodology, Design Interactive’s robust software development team has developed the latest in XR, mobile, web and desktop software solutions. These have been enhanced with a mature development process led by certified Scrum masters with iterative end-user and stakeholder feedback.

VxMED Virtual Reality Software

Having entered the healthcare simulation market in 2020, VxMED is a virtual reality software company that is translating textbook and lecture medical knowledge into an interactive and enjoyable virtual learning experience. VxMED was designed to be used as a resource to prepare learners to increase exam scores. Now, VxMED offers an immersive medical training experience unlike any other to help learners stay alert and engaged in the learning process – no matter how much material they need to cover.

Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the company creates interactive clinical patient encounters, which feature a unique 3D patient. The virtual patients exhibit all of the lifelike symptoms of important diseases for learners to master. As learners interact with each VR patient, identifying symptoms, ordering tests, suggesting treatment, etc., their medical knowledge will expand and their ability to care for patients will improve. Motivational cues and in-game incentives have been incorporated into the VxMED experience to promote a renewed excitement for learning.

New V-Visit Sim App Designed By University of Tennessee Faculty, Learners

According to the University of Tennessee, in spring semester 2021 learners at the university’s Knoxville’s College of Nursing will be able to test the new virtual healthcare V-Visit Sim app, designed by a team of faculty and learners across campus. Funded by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, the team produced the mobile application to simulate a virtual healthcare encounter.

This multi-platform healthcare simulation app is an educational app developed for healthcare educators that replicates a virtual visit between a provider and a patient. Although currently in beta version, the V-Visit Sim app provides learners with the opportunity to improve clinical reasoning skills through exposure to 35 clinical scenarios in an asynchronous online environment.

“Simulation is used in healthcare education to give learners the opportunity to practice skills without putting patients at risk,” Lisa Merritt, clinical assistant professor of nursing and one of the app’s designers, said. “The pandemic has accelerated the need for virtual visits, and the development of this virtual simulation app provides participants a simulated experience in performing a virtual visit.”

New Technology Allows Local Healthcare Students to Learn from Home

At the East Coast Polytechnic Institute (EXPI University) in Roanoke, Va., a healthcare simulation platform called eHospital has been helping to educate learners during the coronavirus pandemic. The solution includes instruction on hospital-like operation, patient, and emergency rooms, a medical lab and more.

As reported by WSLS-TV, development for the eHospital software began last year but the process was sped up due to the pandemic. Now, ECPI University learners are using eHospital to prepare for the front lines with hands-on simulation training. The university shared that additional models and healthcare simulations are in the works, which will include pediatric care, an interactive female birthing model and more. This is another example of how clinical environments are using remote and virtual learning to continue education, despite COVID-19 restrictions and cautionary measures.

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