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Can visualization enhance a surgeon's skills?
Outpatient Surgery
Surgeons who mentally prepare themselves for surgery may perform better — especially in an emergency — than those who don't, a new study finds. The study, published in January's British Journal of Surgery, looked at 20 senior surgical trainees who were divided into conventional training and mental practice groups prior to performing a complicated surgery.
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San Francisco hospital has self-directed robots to free up caretakers
Hospitality and robotics have been solidifying their close relationship of late, as via the California hotel that began testing robotic bellhops last summer and a Japanese theme park planning to equip its new hotel with a full robotic staff. Soon, however, automatons may also fill support roles in the healthcare field, as announced recently by a California medical system.
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Study: Virtual simulation training can reduce costs, improve readiness
National Defense
Incorporating virtual simulations into live training exercises can save the military hundreds of millions of dollars a year while also improving readiness, a new study released on Jan. 29 concluded. The report, "Going Virtual to Prepare for a New Era of Defense," specifically highlighted the benefits of live-virtual-constructive training. LVC, which has been growing in popularity in the defense sector, combines simulation, live training and computer models to create a comprehensive virtual environment.
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Healthcare industry cheers meaningful use modifications
Healthcare IT News
Finally, CMS has acknowledged a monthslong chorus of frustration from industry groups that existing meaningful use rules are just too onerous. One typical reaction: "Hip, hip hooray!"
 Ever since the Department of Health and Human Services published its Aug. 29 final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use, which touted ostensible "flexibility" for hospitals and physicians but held fast on a 365-day reporting period, industry groups have been raising the cry that relief – especially a shorter, 90-day window – was necessary to keep the program moving forward.
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An enlightened nursing ecosystem
Keith Carlson
The 21st-century healthcare environment is a challenging one. Whether nurses work in home health or the ICU, caring for nurses while they're on the job is the responsibility of the employer utilizing those nurses' expert skills. In that regard, strong nurse leaders must be willing to advocate for the well-being of their nurses, assuring a workforce that is healthy, cared for and employed under conditions that ensure nurse safety and nurse wellness.
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Off the 3-D printer, practice parts for the surgeon
The New York Times
The surgeon held a translucent white plastic eye socket in each hand. Gently moving them away from each other, Dr. John Meara showed the distance between Violet Pietrok's eyes at birth. He slid the sockets closer to demonstrate their positions 19 months later, after he had operated on her. Violet, now nearly 2, was born with a rare defect called a Tessier facial cleft.
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Physician burnout program targets effects of sentinel events
HealthLeaders Media
Administrative burdens and long hours contribute to rising levels of physician burnout, so too do the emotional repercussions of being involved in an adverse event. Nearly half of doctors report they felt burnout, up from 40 percent in 2013, Medscape's "Physician Lifestyle Report," shows.
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New model proposed to replace U.S. News & World Report rankings system for medical schools
Medical News Today
Over the past 100 years, licensing and accrediting bodies have raised the quality of medical education and efforts have been made to ensure that medical schools meet a minimum standard for the curricula and clinical training they offer to students. However, comparing institutions and identifying which ones produce the physicians who provide the best patient care and conduct the best biomedical research remains challenging for prospective students.
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Survey: Patient engagement continues to face challenges
Scott E. Rupp
In the true age of patient engagement — a topic much talked about the last two years, but one now seemingly having gained real traction — providers continue to admit that they are having trouble with meeting the mandates established for them by meaningful use stage 2 requirements. The challenges they face with engaging patients, of course, means they also run the risk of pushing away patients if they fail to meet consumers on their terms.
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ONC calls for interoperability by 2017
Healthcare IT News
The Office of the National Coordinator released a draft road map, along with proposed actions to take in order to achieve interoperability and a learning healthcare system in the next two years. The document, Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0 outlines steps "that will enable a majority of individuals and providers across the care continuum to send, receive, find and use a common set of electronic clinical information at the nationwide level by the end of 2017."
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Looking to get published this year?
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 experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. 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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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    High-risk scenario simulation useful for surgical residents (HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge)
10 big tech trends in healthcare (Linkedin)
Venture capital dollars pouring into digital health industry (Scott E. Rupp)
WHO:E-learning equal to traditional training for healthcare workforce (FierceHealthIT)
Manikin at Colorado hospital recreates lifelike birthing scenarios (Steamboat Today)

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