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10 ways virtual reality is revolutionizing medicine and healthcare
When people experience virtual reality for the first time, a common reaction is to start imagining all the different uses the technology might hold. Even within one industry, healthcare, the potential is open-ended. The good thing is that scientists and medical professionals have been at the drawing board for years now, developing and implementing virtual reality in ways that can help them train, diagnose and treat in myriad situations.
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IBM announces deals with Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic in bid to transform healthcare
Experts in healthcare and information technology agree on the future's biggest opportunity: the creation of a new computational model that will link together all of the massive computers that now hold medical information. The question remains: who will build it, and how? IBM is staking its claim to be a major player in creating that cloud, and to use its Watson artificial intelligence – the one that won on the TV game show Jeopardy – to make sense of the flood of medical data that will result.
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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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Patient safety simulation targets ED miscommunication
Emergency Physicians Monthly via MedPage Today
Though hard to believe, many (if not most) errors in the emergency department come as a result of communication errors, not technical mistakes. According to Boston Children's Hospital, an estimated 80 percent of the most serious medical errors in hospitals can be linked to miscommunication. At Baptist Health South Florida, leaders turned to the simulation lab for a solution to emergency room miscommunications. The Baptist Health Patient Safety Simulation Lab was launched in 2011 to offer cutting-edge training to improve patient safety across the health system.
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Informatics nurses have huge impact on patient safety, workflow
The role of informatics nurses has expanded greatly, providing a significant impact on patient safety and overall care, as well as workflow and productivity improvements, according to the 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey. 95 percent of organizations were most likely to employ an informatics professional with a nursing background. More than half, 58 percent, also report that their organizations employsan informatics professional with an "other" clinical background and 55 percent reported that their organizations employ an informatics professional who is either a physician or has a medical background.
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New medical school curriculums emphasize communication, teamwork
As the healthcare landscape evolves, so too does the way medical schools prepare doctors for the realities and challenges ahead — even if the specifics are unknown. The University of Michigan Medical School is one of many schools around the country that has phased out the model used for the past century to make way for greater emphasis on skills such as teamwork and communication, according to an article from Kaiser Health News.
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Northwestern study uses simulation to target baseball elbow injuries
Chicago Tribune
Two Northwestern University biomedical engineers have taken a new approach to one of the most confounding injuries in professional sports, using digital tools to study the way baseball pitchers, especially hard-throwing big-leaguers, keep destroying their elbows. Researchers James Buffi and Wendy Murray in a recent study used digital modeling to simulate the effect of varying levels of muscle strength on the elbow joint during the pitching motion.
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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

The latest and greatest in healthcare robotics
Design News
Microbots, drones and exoskeletons are just a few of the robotics technologies that are changing healthcare forever. Minneapolis-based design firm Worrell has collaborated with noted scientist and entreprenuer Daniel Kraft to create an infographic primer on the latest developments in robotics in healthcare.
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Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing
Five years ago, only 20 percent of physicians used electronic medical records. Today, 80 percent use them. And, yet, EMR data sharing between disparate vendor platforms, geographically dispersed facilities and unassociated medical institutions remains at a virtual standstill. Experts at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society conference recently said the industry knows the problem isn't a technological one; it's about the money.
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House calls make a comeback — with an IT twist
As pressure mounts for physicians to manage patients' chronic conditions out of the hospital, the house call has re-emerged as a way to complement office-based care. Unlike doctors' black bags of the 1950s, however, today's tools of the trade rely heavily on health information technology. For example, Timothy Lowney a family physician who participates in a home-care pilot in Massachusetts, always totes his laptop to patient homes, from which he can access and write patient notes, e-prescribe medications, order X-rays and track patients' overall care, according to an article in the Patriot Ledger.
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Idaho emergency personnel train to respond to mass-casualty bus accident
Idaho State Journal
The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Idaho was the scene of the annual Regional Readiness Rendezvous/Spring Thing recently. Southeastern Idaho Healthcare Coalition and Southeastern Idaho Public Health hosted the event for area healthcare and emergency response personnel. The event program included a simulated mass-casualty passenger bus accident, as well as speakers who have experience responding to such crashes in rural areas and training from the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
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