IMSH 2022 Vendor Demos: Lifecast Body Simulation, VRpatients, Purdue Global, SimGHOSTS
Hosted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH), this year’s International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) provided an opportunity for healthcare simulation champions from around the world to come together. IMSH 2022 remained 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. Along with more than 90 exhibitors and more than 1,200 registered simulationists, HealthySimulation.com was in attendance and had the opportunity to interview several leading vendors across the industry. Below arec
At IMSH 2022, HealthySimulation.com viewed the latest patient simulators from Lifecast Body Simulation, distributed by Echo Healthcare and founded by David Halliwell. Run in the United Kingdom and based on physiological models, Lifecast Simulation replicates the exact anatomy of a real patient through the company’s healthcare simulation manikins. From body hair to the appropriate articulation of the limbs, to the coloring and the ability to manage the airway, these clinical simulation products help learners train with lifelike models across the world.
Echo Healthcare is the licensor, manufacturer, and distributor of Lifecast Body Simulation Products in North America. Lifecast Body Simulation has developed a range of highly accurate and lifelike medical manikins which are transforming the way that healthcare simulation and education are delivered and absorbed. Lifecast manikins are a 3D scanned head and body of a real person with the characteristics of human features.
The artisans at Echo Healthcare worked with the LHSON sim team to create eight unique patients. According to Kevin King, CEO of Echo Healthcare, the staff at LHSON Simulation went one step further than any other customer in North America and worked collaboratively with the design team in Sarasota to customize their manikins to reflect real patients with specific conditions. “This first-of-its-kind request is groundbreaking and will allow an emotional connection between students and technology.”
HealthySimulation.com learned more about the virtual reality medical simulation trainers available from VRPatients at IMSH 2022. Designed primarily for the prehospital market for doctors, paramedics, and nursing applications, VRpatients’ solutions test critical thinking skills. Further, the solution can be run on a computer remotely or via a VR headset to fully immerse a learner. Using a menu, learners will select the order of actions they feel most appropriate when treating a patient. Other options learners are provided are to complete tasks like providing medication and asking questions.
VRpatients is a physiologically-based clinical simulation training platform that immerses a healthcare provider or first responder into actual case scenarios. Headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio, the VRpatients healthcare simulation training platform allows learners to interview, assess, diagnose and treat patients in real-time. This technology offers many advantages that traditional classroom training alone cannot provide.
VRpatients, and its parent company, Virtual Education Systems, began as a startup funded by Cincinnati-based tech incubator CincyTech and Columbus-based Rev1 Ventures before being acquired in 2018. Since then, the entire medical simulation platform, including the UI/UX experience, clinical case scenarios, environments, and authoring tools, have been rebuilt and rebranded as VRpatients.
HealthySimulation.com toured the latest Purdue Global partner Incite VR platform, a clinical training simulator at the 2022 International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. In this interview, Abbey Elliot with Clinic Immersives at Purdue University Global explains how the university has created an acute care skills lab applicable to nursing and medical learners. There are six skill labs within this product of the software. This interview also provides a look at how these skill labs appear on the screen when learners are engaging with a VR headset.
Purdue Global is part of the respected Purdue University system. One of the most prestigious research universities in the world, Purdue University is ranked in the top 10 best public universities in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. These rankings demonstrate Purdue’s commitment to providing higher education at the highest proven value.
In April 2017, Purdue reinforced the institution’s status as one of the world’s most innovative universities by announcing the university would acquire Kaplan University, a longtime leader in online adult education, and create a new, public institution—which is now Purdue Global.
HealthySimulation.com interviewed Jacqueline McBride from SimGHOSTS to learn more about the non-profit organization’s work to support clinical simulation technology operators at the organization’s August 2022 Dallas event and through their expanding online resources. McBride explains that the SimGHOSTS online community has various people from all over the world that communicate on the member portal. Additionally, a learning hub contains hundreds of educational videos and digital badging courses.
SimGHOSTS, also known as The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is an international United States-based non-profit organization. The organization is dedicated to supporting individuals and institutions operating medical simulation technology and spaces through hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development.
By offering support and resources to medical simulation professionals, SimGHOSTS hopes to create a healthcare education culture where people are empowered to use simulation technology to improve learning and patient care outcomes. For this reason, SimGHOSTS has created six core values, the first of which is to innovate the world of healthcare simulation and patient safety.
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.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.