SSiH – Society for Simulation in Healthcare
With over 4,000 members SSiH, aka The Society for Simulation in Healthcare, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to medical simulation. The nonprofit’s mission is to advance the application and promote the art, science and practice of healthcare simulation through global engagement. SSiH seeks to reduce errors in patient care and improve clinical performance through the use of simulation.
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Based in the United States, SSiH hosts the annual healthcare simulation conference entitled “International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare” (IMSH) each year bringing together around 3,000 Simulation Educators, Administrators and Sim Techs for networking, educational courses, medical simulator exhibition opportunities and more. Vendors always in attendance include CAE Healthcare, Laerdal, Gaumard, EMS SimulationIQ, B-Line Medical, SIMStation (Level 3 Healthcare), KBPort, 3D Systems, Pocket Nurse and more!
The Society also provides the oldest research publication in the industry deemed the “Simulation in Healthcare Journal”, printed by Wolters Kluwer, which began in 2006. The peer-reviewed research journal is an interprofessional publication covering all domains within clinical simulation. The group also provides accreditation of simulation centers and certification of specialized simulation educators and operations specialists. Membership includes access to the journal and other online resources.
Other organizations dedicated to Healthcare Simulation include INACSL (dedicated to Nursing Simulation), SimGHOSTS (dedicated to Sim Techs), ASPiH United Kingdom, SESAM Europe, ASPE (Standardized Patients), and Simulation Australia, among other smaller regional organizations around the world.
Stemming from the 1998 Society for Technology in Anesthesia, in 2001 the inaugural International Meeting for Medical Simulation was held. The Society was officially founded in 2004 by clinical professionals advancing the use of simulation for education and training in healthcare. Eventually the organization changed its name in 2007 to include “healthcare” instead of “medicine” to better represent members in a variety of backgrounds including medicine, nursing, allied health, emergency medical services, researchers, and armed services.
SSiH hopes to foster the expansion of simulation based technologies in modalities like manikins, virtual reality in medicine, audio video debriefing, augmented reality, standardized patients, specialized task training and more. The Society promotes these technologies and corresponding methodologies with the goal of improving patient safety and provider performance while reducing costs and medical errors.
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