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Google to build robotic surgery assistance platform with Johnson & Johnson
Google and Johnson & Johnson have announced that they will team up to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgery platform. The team effort will involve "capabilities, intellectual property and expertise" from both companies, and will involve Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, maker of medial devices. All of the language in the announcement of the partnership suggests that the companies will be using robotics to supplement, not replace human surgeons, at least in this stage of the partnership.
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HHS spends $12 million on new Ebola drug
Healthcare Finance News
North Carolina drug manufacturer BioCryst Pharmaceuticals has scored $12 million from the federal government to support development and manufacturing of its experimental anti-Ebola drug, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said. The development is expected to last 18 months, but the contract could be extended through August 2017. If extended, the contract could be worth $35 million, HHS said.
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Highly realistic human heart simulations transforming medical care
Scientific Computing
The World Health Organization reports that cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death globally; more people die annually from cardiovascular disease than from any other cause. Working to address this imperative public health problem, researchers worldwide are seeking new ways to accelerate research, raise the accuracy of diagnoses and improve patient outcomes. Several initiatives have utilized groundbreaking new simulations to advance research into aspects such as rhythm disturbances and the electrical and mechanical behavior of the heart.
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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 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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How Mayo Clinic models patient care through hands-on demos
Jacksonville Business Journal
Walking through the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic of Florida can feel a bit like walking through a video game. Around every corner there are virtual reality-tasked controllers, touch-screen digital displays and 3-D-based responsive software applications. And that's just the equipment.
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Medical simulators provide realistic training for casualty treatment
Stars and Stripes
The noise inside the KC-135 is almost unbearable. The floor vibrates; the crew is bathed in a cool, blue light. A heart monitor blips with metronomelike cadence as the patient, lying on a bench, complains of abdominal pains. Tears stream down the patient's face and his eyes blink rapidly. "He's restless, irritated. We're at cruise (altitude). So let's have someone go ahead and take some vital signs," said Air Force Master Sgt. Alex Rojas, a training supervisor.
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  Teach Clinical Breast Exam Standards

Clinical Breast Exam skills are now learned with computer-guided technology. The MammaCare CBE Simulator-Trainer teaches the palpation skills required to detect small breast lesions and to reduce false positives. Universities and colleges use the MammaCare CBE Simulator-Trainer to validate breast exam competencies. Call MammaCare for a demonstration unit: 352.375.0607 MORE

New computational model will aid in study of blood clots, biofilms
University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.
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Experts: 2015 is the year of the healthcare breach
Scott E. Rupp
Breaches, breaches everywhere. It seems there's no shortage of news about security breaches and their effect on healthcare. In an effort to better paint the picture of breaches in healthcare, Software Advice recently published research focusing on how recent HIPAA breaches, like the cyberattacks at Anthem and Premera Blue Cross, have impacted U.S. patients' trust, treatment and retention.
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Limbs & Things PROMPT Flex

Coming in 2015! PROMPT Flex has been developed in collaboration with leading clinicians to offer an accurate learning platform on which to teach a range of childbirth scenarios and emergencies.

Optional Extras include:
• Wireless Force Monitoring
• Cervical Dilation/Effacement Module
• C-Section Module
• PPH Module
• Lower Legs with Knee Joint Interface
Realistic Cardiovascular Replication Device

Vascular Simulations has created a cardiovascular simulator with a functional left heart that pumps physiological flow of a blood-mimicking fluid through a silicone arterial tree. We can custom manufacture patient-specific vasculature from imaging data including arterial stenoses, intracranial aneurysms, and aortic aneurysms.
Medical Shipment

Medical Shipment is a premium supplier of simulation nursing supplies and equipment. We strive to provide extraordinary customer service and value our personal relationships with each customer. Our goal is to ensure your complete satisfaction with each order. We carry an extensive range of products and services that will fit the needs of all educational programs. We look forward to building new, long-lasting relationships with each educator.

Medical residents afraid to challenge doctors' orders even when they're wrong
Medical residents hesitate to challenge doctors' orders even when they are wrong, according to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. Researchers, led by Dr. Dylan Bould of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, simulated a scenario in which a doctor told residents to give a patient, who was a Jehovah's Witness, a blood transfusion against the patient's wishes.
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South Dakota mobile simulation program brings training to rural providers
Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Most people in EMS go to a community college or training center for EMT, certified first responder or paramedic training, but what about those in rural areas who don't have that opportunity? In 2008, the South Dakota Department of Health, which administers EMS programs throughout the state — wanted to create a way to train public safety officials in rural areas. Department officials looked at traditional simulation training centers around the country, but wanted something different, and ultimately decided on a mobile simulation training program.
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