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Ebola in 3-D: A video game to guide healthcare workers through a ward
NPR
Could you walk through an Ebola treatment center in Liberia without catching the virus? Soon you may be able to find out from the comfort of your living room. Shift Labs, a Seattle-based tech outfit, has developed a prototype for a video game that could be used to train health workers on duty in West Africa. T
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Exploring the future of wearable computers in healthcare
U.S. News University Connection
Colleges are often hotbeds for innovation, whether the institutions lead in pioneering research or students are at the forefront of social changes. Sometimes those two forms of novelty intersect, as in the case of Google Glass. Decried by many for reportedly leading to stunted social interactions and encouraging distraction, students and faculty at some universities are also seeing a bright side to the controversial gadget.
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A heart simulator, meant to help the real thing
The N ew York Times
Imagine, as a surgeon or medical student, being able to walk around inside an immersive three-dimensional simulation of a beating heart. You could insert a stent into a valve and simulate what will happen as blood tries to flow through — is the stent too big, tearing the tissue around it, or too small, causing blood to leak around its edges? You could simulate the effects of a heart attack or a medical procedure.
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Pentagon to end use of animals in US military medical training exercises
Army-technology.com
The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed it intends to replace the use of animals with superior human simulators in several key medical training areas. A memorandum from U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary Dr. Jonathan Woodson said, "Suitable simulation alternatives can replace the use of live animals in these exercises."
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Wisconsin surgeon champions hands-on tests for doctors
Wisconsin State Journal
After Dr. Carla Pugh and a resident, or doctor-in-training, cracked open the chest of a crash victim, the patient's heart stopped. The resident squeezed the heart through her fingers, causing beats to return. But then the heart stopped again. Pugh reached in and felt something hard. She cut open the area, and a blue clot of blood gushed out.
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New EHR vendors and technology needed for continued innovation
Scott E. Rupp
In the span of the last five years, use and implementation of electronic health records in the U.S. has dramatically accelerated because of federal mandates and financial incentives directly related to the meaningful use program. Because of these efforts, as well as time and resources invested by healthcare providers, electronic health records are more popular than at any point in the past and are now "the heart of health IT," according to research firm Frost & Sullivan.
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Coaching: Breaking it down for healthcare leaders
Christina Thielst
Great leaders are sometimes measured by how deeply they have impacted the lives of others, and the ability to coach those around them is a common characteristic. What is coaching? It is really just a tool for effective communication between a leader and those they lead. It helps build a mutual understanding of goals, alignment of expectations, the sharing of knowledge as it is needed and more adaptive and reactive teams.
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ONR augmented reality system allows Marines to train anywhere
Gizmag
While products like Google Glass tend to be the most publicized applications of augmented reality, uses of the technology extend far beyond niche consumer tech. To that end, the Office of Naval Research has unveiled the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer, a system that aims to transform any location into a dynamic, cost-effective training ground for Marines.
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Become a contributing writer
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of Simulation Spotlight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SSH, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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