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Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs: A comprehensive book for healthcare professionals
Society for Simulation in Healthcare via News-Medical.Net
Healthcare educators and practitioners seeking guidelines, best practices and recommendations for creating and managing cost-effective, researched-based simulation education and training programs now have a world-class road map in the new textbook Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs. The timely compendium— created and published by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in support of its mission to encourage excellence in healthcare education, practice and research through the use of simulation — features the contributions of nearly 140 expert clinicians and educators.
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Handheld ultrasound technology can help medical students improve their physical diagnosis
Medical News Today
A new study by researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that training medical students to use a handheld ultrasound device can enhance the accuracy of their physical diagnosis. The study was presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. The study by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai included a 90-minute, personalized lesson for 64 second-year medical students in how to use handheld echocardiography technology, with a review of a 3-D cardiac anatomy model, video images of normal echocardiograms and the opportunity to test the handheld device on classmates.
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Eye examinations may be able to detect whether physicians are too tired to work
Medical Daily
Fatigue is reported to be a common cause of many medical accidents. The cost of these mistakes is estimated around $31.1 billion in the United States. Now, an international team at the University of Grenada in Spain has created a test, which it claims accurately and objectively can measure the levels of fatigue that a doctor feels simply by examining the movement of his or her eyes. The test examined saccadic eye movement, also known as fast eye motion, and required each doctor to perform simulated laparoscopic tests, a common surgical technique, according to a press release.
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3-D glasses offer hands-free computing for doctors
Fox News
There's no shortage of tech companies working on cutting-edge medical innovations and now, one company has developed a new 3-D platform for healthcare professionals. Atheer Labs, a startup company based in Mountain View, California, created the program to help doctors and health care professionals in their day-to-day tasks.
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Millennial doctors may be more tech-savvy, but is that better?
The University of Texas Southwestern class of 2014 is celebrating graduation. Class vice president Amy Ho has shed her scrubs for heels and a black dress. She says with modern technology, med school really wasn't too hard. "If you want to do the whole thing by video stream, you can," she says. "I would wake up at 10 a.m., work out for an hour or so, get some lunch and then video stream for six hours and then go to happy hour. It actually was not that bad."
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Preventing nurse fatigue to keep our patients safe
Joan Spitrey
With the holiday season upon us, it is not unusual to feel the stress of this busy time of year. Our schedules become filled with fun times with family and friends, but our own health often gets neglected. However, as healthcare providers, we have a responsibility to our patients. They rely on us to have sharp minds and quick responses to their ever-changing needs. They need us to keep them safe. Therefore, it is imperative for nurses to take measures to prevent fatigue.
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Report: High demand continues for nonclinical and frontline healthcare positions
Becker's Hospital Review
As the second open enrollment period under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act moves forward, there continues to be a high demand for nonclinical and frontline healthcare positions, according to a recent report by the nonprofit College for America at Southern New Hampshire University. Baby boomer retirement, new technology and the implementation of the PPACA are all "redefining the nature of the patient care team," according to the report.
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Major Simulation Advance at IMSH

OtoSim Inc. will be unveiling OtoSim 2™, a breakthrough in otoscopic training and simulation at IMSH on January 12-14, 2015 in New Orleans (booth #906). An instrumented otoscope, left and right ear forms, vivid full-screen view and over 380 otoscopy images represent key improvements to the powerful capability proven by the original OtoSim™ platform. Please visit for more information
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Where Google Glass will thrive
Government Health IT
A recent online newsletter listed Google Glass as among the top 10 tech failures in 2014. And among several other publications, Time opined that it doesn't see a future for the eyewear, adding that "most of us don't want to go around town looking like Star Trek's Geordi LaForge." The opinion here? Don't break Glass just yet.
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Survey: Cost trumps health for many Americans
Scott E. Rupp
As "Obamacare" is entering its second year of implementation, and open enrollment is currently upon us, Healthline — a provider of intelligent health information and technology solutions — has released the results from a new survey showcasing consumer's thoughts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health insurance. Conducted ahead of the 2015 open enrollment, the survey shows health insurance issues, including factors impacting health plan selection, satisfaction with current plan options, consumer understanding of the ACA, perceived impact of the ACA and overall thoughts about the U.S. health insurance system.
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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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