January 16, 2022By Lance Baily

IMSH 2022: Day 1 Healthcare Simulation Conference Information, Updates

The 2022 International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) is here! Hosted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH), this year’s event provides an opportunity for healthcare simulation champions from around the world to come together. IMSH 2022 remains a hybrid event as planned, taking place in person and virtually from January 15 to January 19, 2022, in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year, SSH welcomes more than 90 exhibitors and more than 1,200 registered simulationists! Today’s events include The Chad Epps Inaugural Lecture presented by Paul E. Phrampus (Livestream Sponsored by HealthySimulation.com!), group meetings, the grand opening of the exhibit hall, oral presentations, and a reception.

IMSH 2022 Sunday Plenary

SSH relayed that the organization is incredibly fortunate to kick off IMSH 2022 with The Chad Epps Inaugural Lecture presents Paul Phrampus, MD, CPE: Saving Lives Systematically – Simulation as a Patient Safety Solution in Healthcare. Dr. Phrampus was a close friend to Chad, and thus the organization is pleased that he will be joining us in this slot.

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HealthySimulation.com & SSH Press Box Partnership

All this week in the vendor hall, SSH and HealthySimulation.com are working together to promote discussions important to the global industry. Those in-person can listen in, and those unable to attend will be able to watch the recordings of this content soon! Talks include:

  • Day 1 (Sunday, 4-6 PM) – REUNITE:
    • 4:00PM – 4:45PM: Survey Results: “Impacts of COVID on Healthcare Simulation”
    • 4:45PM – 5:15PM: Impacts of COVID Vendor Panel featuring EMS & CAE Healthcare
    • 5:15PM – 5:45PM: More updates coming soon!
    • 5:45PM – 6:00PM: HealthySim LEARN Platform Update
  • Day 2 (Monday, 11:30-1 PM) – CONNECT:
    • 11:30AM – 12:00PM: Shared Stories: Successes in Simulation
    • 12:00PM – 12:30PM: SSH President’s Interview
    • 12:30PM – 1:00PM: SSH Accreditation & Certification
  • Day 3 (Tuesday, 11:30-1 PM) – ADVANCE:
    • 11:30AM – 12:00PM: The Metaverse is Calling, How XR Will Change Simulation
    • 12:00PM – 12:30PM: Advancing the Industry, What We Need to Achieve Mass Adoption
    • 12:30PM – 1:00PM: More Updates Coming Soon!

Stop by the Press Box in the back of the vendor hall for more!

Daily Program Schedule
All times Eastern Time Zone (United States)

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1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Opening Plenary Session – The Chad Epps Inaugural Lecture presents Paul E. Phrampus, MD, CPE: Saving Lives Systematically – Simulation as a Patient Safety Solution in Healthcare (Livestream Sponsored by HealthySimulation.com!).

Before Dr. Phrampus provided the keynote, incoming SSH President Dr. Haru Okuda, Executive Director, USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation introduced his journey into medicine and simulation. He shared a story when during his residency about a medical error which occurred when he first learned how to insert a central line into a real patient, which brought him to immediately realize the importance and need for simulated training.

Jarrod Young, Co-Director at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) at the Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS) program, introduced the new Chad Epps Inaugural Lecture. Chad past away last year unexpectedly and the new lecture focuses on Chad’s true passion for education. HealthySimulation.com Founder Lance Baily shared “Chad was one of the best leaders I have ever met, he would really listen to everyone in the room, and drove consensus that satisfied everyone’s needs. He will be greatly missed.” The inaugural lecture was provided by Chads friend, Dr. Paul Phrampus.

Dr. Phrampus is the Director of the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research otherwise known as WISER. He is a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is the Medical Director of Patient Safety for the UPMC Health System which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Phrampus has overseen a highly successful method of curriculum development at WISER that employs a collaborative relationship between subject matter experts and simulation/education experts. He has overseen the expansion of WISER that now includes ten satellite centers. He is a co-author of the faculty development course Improving Simulation Instructional Methods or iSIM which has been taught in over fourteen countries.

3:00 PM – CHSE/CHSOS Testing
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall
3:30 PM – 5:45 PM: Research Abstract Oral Presentations, Poster Presentations, and Rounds
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: 13th Annual Serious Games & Virtual Environments Arcade & Showcase
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: SimVentors Showcase
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Reception in Exhibit Hall

Session Recap
(Elizabeth Wells-Beede, Ph.D., RN, C-EFM, CNE, CHSE-A, shares her experience from the presentation sessions of IMSH Day 1)

The SSH SimVentors Showcase: Serious Games, Virtual Environments and AR/VR and the Research Abstract Professor Rounds were well attended and had a lot of innovative ideas created by some aspiring researchers and inventors. Today’s session of SimVentors included High Tech & Government Projects; Low-Cost & Low Resource Innovations; Novel Simulation Platforms; Serious Games, Virtual Environments, and AR/VR; and Sim modifications. As expected, there were several options being presented on the mixed reality continuum and ranged from Augmented Reality and resuscitation with a newborn, to the exploration of haptics with Leopold’s within the Oculus Quest 2 headset.

In addition to the virtual and augmented platforms being presented, a few apps & QR codes were demonstrated to showcase a multitude of patient safety options. It was apparent with both the posters and the inventions displayed that cardiopulmonary resuscitation and clinical judgment were well represented during this session. After presenting and beginning their research during the last in-person IMSH session at San Diego, the research study conducted by Dr. Paige, Ms. Lindsey Graham, & Dr. Stiner explored faculty development available via a poster presentation. Their recommendations were not surprising in the need for a greater reward & support system to develop and sustain a quality program where needed. There also appeared to be a great connection with some of the SimVentors projects and the poster presentations.

Vendor Updates

1) Echo Healthcare Inc. has once again advanced the landscape of medical simulation by launching the industry’s first service and support mobile application. The Master Level Service Agreement (MeLiSA) app provides users with immediate access to the revolutionary MeLiSA program. This is an important milestone for healthcare simulation as many other industries have fully adopted mobile phone technical support tools to the benefit of customers and service providers alike! The power lies in the app’s ability to quickly bring an advanced technical support person “on scene” even though they are thousands of miles away.

“Immediate connectivity and live technical response time have never been done before in our industry. The MeLiSA mobile app was created to streamline the service and support needs of medical simulationists around the world. It also gives our clients instantaneous access to our Emergency Simulator Network via chat, video call, or phone call. Providing simplicity and efficiency of support during a stressful time is the key foundation of the MeLiSA app,” said Peter Ford, Director of Technology at Echo Healthcare.

Daily Event Coverage

More About IMSH

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) hosts IMSH annually and offers over 250 sessions encompassing interactive and immersive courses and plenary sessions. The IMSH meeting is aligned with the SSH’s mission to “provide hands-on learning in leading-edge medical simulation trends and technology, networking and collaboration.” Furthermore, the programs are all peer-reviewed and are selected to serve the needs of novices to experts.

“Every year, professionals from all experience levels and from more than 50 countries attend IMSH,” Kathy Adams, Director of Continuing Education, SSH, said. “Any professional interested in or currently working in healthcare simulation will find value in the healthcare simulation conference; the range of learning formats — from small, interactive workshops, to large, inspiring plenaries – and the breadth of topics presented by global experts ensures that there is something for every learning style, interest and experience level.”

At IMSH meetings, key areas of discussion are often new ideas, leadership development, new processes, and research findings, innovative approaches, design strategies, return on investment, and improved communication techniques. As a catalyst for advancement and evolution in healthcare simulation technology, the IMSH brings together and connects industry professionals to learn. The event is considered to be one of the top educational and networking events for the healthcare simulation world, especially for those with interests in IPE.

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