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Cognitive3D and Varjo Partner to Better Measure Human Behavior

Varjo is partnering with Cognitive3D, a Canadian company that provides tools for professionals to measure and understand user behavior in immersive environments. The Cognitive3D software can be used to capture user interactions, position, biometrics and eye tracking using Varjo’s virtual and mixed reality (VR/MR) headsets. Image credit: Varjo Combined with Varjo’s human-eye resolution visual fidelity and the 20/20 Eye Tracker, the integration with Cognitive3D means that even more professionals can now benefit from accurate analytics gained from realistic training and research scenarios. “Moving operations and analytics to VR can be useful for scenarios that are dangerous or difficult to repeat otherwise, both in training and research. Additionally, training in VR has proven to be much more effective than traditional methods, as people learn much better by doing,” says Tony Bevilacqua, Founder and CEO at Cognitive3D. “The precise eye tracking and human-eye resolution available only in Varjo’s headsets are necessary requirements for companies to increase trainees’ immersion and capture actionable data. Together, Varjo and Cognitive3D enable companies to maximize the learning opportunities in immersive training and research scenarios.” “Especially in complex training simulations, such as aerospace or medical training, there is a high need for analytics and measuring success. [...]

By | 2020-04-03T00:01:10+00:00 April 3rd, 2020|

Health Scholars COVID-19 Surge Provider Training Grant

Health Scholars received $1 million in grant funding for surge provider training to help combat COVID-19. The grant will provide approximately14,000 providers its virtual reality (VR) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Desktop Simulation Training to assist health systems with preparedness training. It will enable hospitals to quickly deploy training to surge providers needing to acquire or re-acquire clinical skills related to emergency situations—such as dysrhythmia or a code event. Image credit: Health Scholars “Our ACLS simulation provides a deliberate practice environment for surge providers to prepare themselves for acute care—providing the real-to-life reference experience needed to handle inpatient emergencies while on the frontlines of this pandemic,” says Dr. Brian Gillett, President and Chief Medical Officer of Health Scholars. As hospitals continue to ramp up with the assistance of additional providers to handle the patient surge due to COVID-19, this will entail preparing outpatient providers to perform acute care for inpatients or cross-training providers from other areas of the hospital. “Surge providers may need to assist with the care of critical patients in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit or General Med-Surge floors, bringing along a challenge of needing to have large numbers of providers quickly acquiring or re-acquiring key clinical skills related [...]

By | 2020-04-02T23:53:28+00:00 April 3rd, 2020|

IntelyCare Launches First COVID-19 Training Program for Nurses

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, IntelyCare is launching the first training certification program specific to nursing facilities. The training will update nursing professionals on COVID-19 prevention and treatment practices in order to maintain the health of nurses and patients during the outbreak. “As we monitored the spread of coronavirus, it rapidly became clear that nursing homes are ground zero and healthcare workers are at high risk of infection. We recognized an immediate need among our facility partners and nurses for training specifically designed for these vulnerable communities,” said David Coppins, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, IntelyCare. “By offering training courses free of cost to our nursing employees and the larger nursing community, we are ensuring that nurses and facilities are better protected, informed and equipped to care for patients in this unprecedented time.” The coronavirus outbreak is placing intense strain on an already-taxed healthcare industry, exacerbating the existing workforce shortage which, before the virus, was expected to reach a dearth of 1 million nurses by 2030. IntelyCare conducted a broad survey of its nurses to gather feedback, determine the biggest needs, and project the potential impact of the virus on the workforce. It found that 74 percent of [...]

By | 2020-04-03T00:22:26+00:00 April 3rd, 2020|

PSMF and APSF Award Patient Safety Curriculum Award

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announced that Brian Bensadigh, MD, MBA of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been awarded the 2020 Patient Safety Curriculum Award (PSCA). Dr. Bensadigh’s proposal, “Perioperative Patient Safety Curriculum for Anesthesia Trainees,” was selected from an outstanding field of applications. The 2020 PSCA awards $100,000 to an anesthesia education investigator for the purpose of modifying the PSMF’s Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) #17: Patient Safety Curriculum to specifically address perioperative patient safety. The awardee will then test the educational efficiency and effectiveness of implementing the modified curriculum in anesthesia training programs across the spectrum of anesthesia professions. “We are thrilled to partner with the APSF on this grant to improve perioperative patient safety education,” said Dr. David Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of the PSMF. “We can’t wait to see the results of Dr. Bensadigh and team’s implementation.” Dr. Mark Warner, President of the APSF noted, “Dr. Bensadigh’s proposal provides us with a wonderful opportunity to modify the PSMF’s outstanding general Patient Safety Curriculum for use in perioperative settings.  Once we have a validated, high quality anesthesia-specific curriculum, we hope to subsequently work closely with our [...]

By | 2020-03-26T20:24:58+00:00 March 26th, 2020|

3D Systems to Release COVID-19 Module

Recently released evidence based on Chinese and Italian experience with COVID-19 patients shares the advantages of Lung Ultrasound for front-line physicians and suggests that it has a key role in COVID-19 assessment and management. Image credit: 3D Systems Lung Ultrasound is considered an alternative to chest radiography or CT scanning in COVID-19 patients. It is safe, easy and quick for use at point-of-care, repeatable, low cost and radiation-free. Therefore, training physicians to rapidly acquire lung ultrasound skills can be critical for the success of COVID-19 management. 3D Systems is working around the clock to develop COVID-19 education and training content on the U/S Mentor simulator. If you are a physician with relevant experience, we encourage you to join our development efforts. The new COVID-19 Module will be released on March 30, 2020 and will be provided free of charge to Simbionix U/S Mentor customers.

By | 2020-03-26T20:10:32+00:00 March 26th, 2020|

Magic Leap Offers Support for COVID-19

With the global events of the past month, Magic Leap wants to offer support as individuals manage through an unprecedented business environment. As many companies face the challenges of supporting a remote workforce, there’s an increasing need to provide solutions and services to support dispersed teams. Image credit: Magic Leap In response to requests for rapid access to Magic Leap’s remote communication and collaboration solutions, Magic Leap and Spatial are offering the Magic Leap Collaboration Package. This package allows individuals and their teams to work, communicate, and collaborate as if they were in the same place at the same time. The package includes remote service set-up and installation with user licenses for spatial app access, four Magic Leap 1 devices for a trial period of 45 days, and credit for one Magic Leap 1 with package purchase at the end of the 45 day trial.

By | 2020-03-26T18:09:23+00:00 March 26th, 2020|

PSMF Creates Ambassador Program

Since 2016, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) has created regional networks across the country and the world. This initial group, called Regional Network Chairs, aided the PSMF’s outreach efforts by facilitating connections to more hospitals, healthcare technology companies, partners, and patient advocates than ever before. This year, PSMF is continuing this expansion through the emergence of Patient Safety Movement Ambassadors, both geographically and on a more local level. An ambassador is a Patient Safety Movement Foundation volunteer appointed for a special assignment; bringing together key stakeholders in healthcare to help achieve ZERO preventable patient deaths. Ambassadors are connectors, facilitators and key champions around a specific patient safety challenge.  

By | 2020-03-26T17:55:14+00:00 March 26th, 2020|

SonoSim Supports Remote Education in Response to COVID-19

SonoSim is committed to supporting healthcare institutions, training programs, and medical providers around the world respond to the challenge of COVID-19. Its remote learning platform is helping educators and healthcare professionals alike, respond to a rapidly changing learning environment. Image credit: SonoSim In direct response to current events, SonoSim is providing ultrasound educators seeking to enable learning outside the classroom with complimentary access to its cloud-based SonoSim Course Library. SonoSim supports group ultrasound training and education through delivery of peer-reviewed, online SonoSim Courses & Assessments; ultrasound image acquisition and interpretation training via a virtual tutor; on-demand ultrasound scanning of real pathology via the SonoSimulator; and performance tracking, analytics, and automated assessment.  

By | 2020-03-26T17:46:25+00:00 March 26th, 2020|

Distance Learning During Covid-19 with OMS

With the ongoing disruption from COVID-19, colleges and universities are increasingly cancelling some or all in-person classes. As clinicians and educators, the team at Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) are acutely aware of the difficulties this poses for healthcare education. To help mitigate missed face-to-face and group teaching, OMS is therefore providing US, Canadian and UK institutions with complimentary access to the online simulation platform OMS Distance over the coming weeks. Image credit: Oxford Medical Simulation OMS Distance is the online and distance-learning solution from Oxford Medical Simulation. Learners can access multiple scenarios from home, practicing the assessment and management of virtual patients, receiving feedback on their performance, repeating as needed and engaging in blended learning. With libraries of scenarios for students and practicing clinicians across healthcare, OMS Distance support all groups of learners at any stage of their career.

By | 2020-03-26T17:33:17+00:00 March 26th, 2020|

Magic Leap Releases New Products and Functionalities

Magic Leap ended 2019 by releasing Magic Leap 1, its Enterprise Suite, and an update to Lumin OS and Lumin SDK. Now the company is releasing several more products and functionalities including Lumin OS 0.98.10, a Desktop Companion App, meetings and Device Manager. Image credit: Magic Leap Lumin OS 0.98.10 offers new features and applications to improve the way users collaborate and work, both in-person and remotely. The Desktop Companion App is a new tool that allows 3D designers and modelers to quickly, easily, and securely share what they’ve created on a 2D screen to a Magic Leap device. The company has also evolved some of its earlier social features toward an enterprise-ready collaboration platform: meetings. With meetings, users can chat, share, and collaborate on 2D and 3D content with both local and remote users. With many companies imposing travel restrictions and with public gatherings becoming an increasing public health issue, the company believes that spatial computing can offer the next best solution to collaborating with coworkers in person. Alongside these two enterprise apps, Magic Leap has added new admin functionalities to Device Manager its software that gives organizations the support and tools needed to use and manage [...]

By | 2020-03-26T18:12:00+00:00 March 26th, 2020|