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The roles that service day to day tasks under operational leadership are made up of a diverse and talented workforce. While Simulation is a technique, we cannot ignore that it is dependent on technologies and operational techniques to achieve many of the objectives that subject matter experts (the Educator) have defined. Simulation in healthcare has matured greatly in this regard, and a new workforce is evolving to meet the day-to-day challenges of simulation operations. The organizational structures and job titles within simulation operations are still being defined, and employers struggle to find talent that can be all that a program needs. This certification is being developed to identify those with the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) for the various staff roles that work under coordinators, managers and directors of healthcare simulation operations. Such roles certainly include: simulation operators, various technology specialistsand other operational staff. The certification will inform employers and peers of the breadth and depth of knowledge possessed by a certification holder. This survey seeks to validate the KSAs attributed to the certified professional.
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Emergency care education brought to life
Minot Daily News
Rural medical providers and emergency medical service personnel in northwest North Dakota are improving their skills in providing emergency care. An emergency medical simulation truck arrived in Minot recently at Community Ambulance of Minot and will be available to help train critical care hospitals and EMS units.
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Hopkins nursing innovator Jeffries earns AACN Teaching Award
Newswise, Inc.
Pamela R. Jeffries, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) has been awarded a 2013 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). "This is a very gratifying award personally," says Jeffries, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at JHUSON. "But more important, this is another push in the direction we as a school, as nurse leaders, want to go in educating the next generations."
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  Process solutions Using Healthcare Simulation

FlexSim Healthcare simulation software will help you solve problems in room scheduling, staff utilization, resource allocation and patient flows. FlexSim’s 3D animation will help others visualize your solutions and validate improvements. Let FlexSim Healthcare model and validate your process improvement ideas before you implement them. Problem Solved. Download a Free Trial today.

Artificial intelligence framework for simulating clinical decision-making: a Markov decision process approach.
World Intelligence Network
In the modern healthcare system, rapidly expanding costs/complexity, the growing myriad of treatment options, and exploding information streams that often do not effectively reach the front lines hinder the ability to choose optimal treatment decisions over time. The goal in this paper is to develop a general purpose (non-disease-specific) computational/artificial intelligence (AI) framework to address these challenges. This framework serves two potential functions: (1) a simulation environment for exploring various healthcare policies, payment methodologies, etc., and (2) the basis for clinical artificial intelligence – an AI that can "think like a doctor."
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White paper says FDA should change to keep pace with health IT
FDA should "adopt significant fundamental changes to keep pace with medicine and technology," according to a 12-page white paper that a Washington, D.C.-based law firm submitted to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Healthcare IT News reports. The paper was written by Bradley Merrill Thompson, an attorney with Epstein Becker Green and legal counsel for the mHealth Regulatory Coalition.
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  MammaCare's new CBE Simulator - Trainer

Is a self-administered, palpation training platform that produces and validates breast examination competencies. The computer's program is based on published quality-standard examination protocols. It is used to train clinicians and students who perform or will be performing clinical breast exams. A digital “clinical instructor” assesses progress and provides corrective feedback.

New comprehensive textbook on simulation (and our debriefing chapter)
Simulating Healthcare
Levine et al have knocked it out of the park with their recently released book entitled "The Comprehensive Textbook of Healthcare Simulation." This book is a must-have for anyone serious about simulation. It covers a lot of ground ranging from historical views of simulation to that which represents the cutting edge at present. There are many, many topics ranging from simulation operations to very highly specialized simulations that occur in subspecialties of the healthcare environment and everything in between.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Research grant opportunity (SSH)
SIM-ND provides high-tech training tool for rural medical professionals (Pierce County Tribune)
High stress training for military nedics (DVIDS)
Telemedicine: A community perspective (By Tracy Stanley)
Wake Tech celebrates new high-tech health sciences building (News & Observer)

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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
PR Sync
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Journal of Healthcare Engineering" subscription to their offering. The Journal of Healthcare Engineering is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research on all aspects of engineering involved in healthcare delivery processes and systems.
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  Take Simulation Onsite

Overcome the challenges facing busy teams – bring the portable Mentice VIST®-C endovascular simulator to them. Target Cardiology, Neuro Surgery/IR, Radiology and Vascular Surgery teams all in their own environment. Practice new equipment and techniques, maintain and improve skills and communication while allowing team members to interact in different roles.

Color-changing technology brings safety to medical applications
HealthTech Zone
Getting an injection may seem safe. But be wary. Some 1.3 million deaths a year come from the reuse of syringes. As many as 40 percent of the 40 billion injections patients get a year use syringes which are being reused but were not sterilized, according to the World Health Organization. The practice also leads to over 30 percent of Hepatitis B and C cases and 5 percent of HIV cases found among human beings.
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3-D printed medical devices spark FDA evaluation
When Kaiba Gionfriddo was just a few months old, a 3-D-printed device saved his life. Kaiba was born with a rare condition called tracheobronchomalacia, which meant his windpipe was weak, and would collapse and prevent air from flowing to his lungs. Researchers at the University of Michigan sought approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a 3-D-printed tracheal splint, which they implanted around the baby's airway to help him breathe.
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