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Simulation showing benefits for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Russell Metcalfe-Smith and Alistair Phillips
The Women's Guild Simulation Center based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is using simulation to deliver more than education. The approach to simulation is crossing many organizational barriers, ensuring its impact is felt across the entire organization. The 10,000-square-foot simulation center has been built to reflect the actual clinical environment at Cedars-Sinai, benefiting from two fully functional operating rooms, along with ICU, OBGYN, trauma and NICU/PICU environments.
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Surgical robot developed for space program to treat breast cancer on Earth
As we mourn the loss of lives and treasure Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences rocket crashes, it's useful to remember that space is not just a place toward which we launch expensive and highly experimental technology. A lot of the gadgetry developed for the space program comes back to Earth to help us lead more productive, interesting and healthy lives. Case in point is a newly developed robotic system that's supposed to live on the International Space Station finding another use as an interventional radiology assistant helping to fight breast cancer.
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Why technology won't replace human interaction in healthcare
Technology may take the place of human interaction in some aspects of healthcare, but that doesn't make in-person contact any less important, according to two industry professionals. Humans and computers are very good at different things, Sam Altman, president of Silicon Valley-based tech incubator Y Combinator, told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.
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AMA tool shows areas in need of care
Healthcare IT News
The American Medical Association launched what its leaders call a first-of-its-kind tool aimed at helping physicians and other healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The AMA's Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the healthcare workforce in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, as well as other related trends.
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  Validate Breast Exam Skills and Competencies

MammaCare’s CBE Simulator-Trainer, is a self-administered, palpation training platform. 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. Call MammaCare at 352•375•0607.

Houston hospital uses Google Glass to speed stroke treatment
Houston Chronicle
Houston's Memorial Hermann stroke experts are using wearable technology at sites of emergencies to determine whether the new tool can reduce time in diagnosing and treating the life-threatening condition, as well as save medical costs. Dr. James Grotta, director of Stroke Research at Memorial Hermann's flagship Texas Medical Center hospital, recently began using Google Glass to communicate medical information with colleagues at the hospital as he responds to 911 emergency calls involving possible stroke victims.
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Here's the worst-case scenario for Ebola in the US
The Associated Press via Business Insider
Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease. But how many cases?
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  Powered By Polhemus

Polhemus pioneered motion tracking over 40 years ago. Our innovative 6-Degree-Of-Freedom (6DOF) electromagnetic tracking technology is at the core of today’s most successful, high fidelity healthcare training simulators. For over 15 years, healthcare simulator manufacturers have had the confidence of being “Powered by Polhemus.”

Training pediatric surgeons using 3-D printed rib cages
One of the difficulties of training new entrants into the medical field is the leap from text knowledge to hands-on care. One of the ways to approach that transition in health education is through the provision of models as a buttress, with students practicing what they have learned on plaster or plastic replicas as part of a long process of qualifying for the honor of practicing on their own.
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Surgeons fine-tune imaging techniques to enhance visualization of breast tumors, persistent wounds
American College of Surgeons via News-Medical.Net
Surgeons are tweaking existing computer technologies to enhance their visualization of cancerous tumors and persistent wounds, according to two studies presented at the 2014 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. One research team tested the visualization of simulated breast tumors using 3-D ultrasound imaging and specially designed, augmented-reality software that allows the surgeon to pinpoint the tumor and measure its volume, including its depth.
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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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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Steps for doctors and patients to make anesthesia safer (The Wall Street Journal)
Video game-makers create simulation to help fight Ebola (KOMO-TV)
Is surgery safer at a teaching hospital? (U.S. News & World Report)
Florida facility aimed at eliminating medical mistakes by use of simulation (WJXT-TV)
A 4-step approach to expand graduate medical education (FierceHealthcare)

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