SIMnext Games Healthcare Education to Improve Patient Experience

For more information:
Patty Riskind, COO
patty.riskind@simnext.com

Chicago, IL - June 21, 2017 SIMnext LLC is remaking clinician education through serious games that allow professionals to hone their skills by immersing them in realistic and interactive scenarios. Through a partnership with game developer Breakaway Ltd (http://www.breakawaygames.com/), SIMnext is bringing a series of new game-based clinical education tools to both students and practicing clinical professionals. These new products include: 

  • Vital Signs:  Emergency Department, a virtual ED that uses actual patient encounter data to match the realism and difficulty in managing multiple patients at once.
  • Vital Signs: Pediatric Emergency, a virtual pediatric ED that allows players to triage, diagnose, and manage patients while handling distractions inherent in the environment.
  • Vital Signs:  Nursing, manage a nursing shift on the Med-Surge floor of a hospital.
  • vHealthCare™: Pediatric Simulation, deal with patients in an emergency setting covering a range of pediatric advanced life support events.

These “serious games” put clinicians in front of virtual patients under conditions that mimic the stress and complexity of actual encounters in settings such as the emergency department.  Dealing with patients, staff, and cases in this realistic virtual environment will better prepare physicians and nurses for actual patient encounters where they must coordinate with colleagues, deal with distractions, and respond to unexpected situations.

“SIMnext is leading the way by delivering advanced simulation technologies, like these gaming tools, to clinicians in a format that is easy to use and impactful.  We are helping to transform simulation-based education and training.  This is all about improving patient experience and reducing clinician stress. ” said Gary Durack, SIMnext CEO. 

"Gaming technology is playing an increasing role in care delivery and the management of health and wellness," said Doug Whatley, CEO of Breakaway Ltd. "Our strategic partnership with SIMnext will allow more healthcare providers to access and experience the impact gaming can have on clinical preparedness.”

 ABOUT SIMnext LLC

SIMnext engineers and healthcare experts work side-by-side with clinicians and administrators to develop mobile applications, virtual reality environments, anatomically correct simulations, and patient-centered games for clinical education, performance improvement, and patient safety. SIMnext has a robust library of evidence-based educational courses that include procedural based simulations and critical thinking scenarios. For more information please visit www.simnext.com.

ABOUT Breakaway Games

BreakAway, Ltd., Award-Winning Developer of Numerous Real-Time Strategy Games and Technologically Advanced Desktop Development Software, uses entertainment game technology to create virtual experiences for solving real-world problems. BreakAway has established itself as a leader in using game-based concepts to change the way we learn, communicate, teach, and train. To learn more, please visit: http://www.breakawaygames.com/

 

SIMnext and SimCore Partner to Revolutionize Education in Healthcare

Information:
Patty Riskind, COO
patty.riskind@simnext.com

Chicago, IL - June 21, 2017 - SIMnext LLC and SimCore have combined their products and technologies to create a revolutionary cloud-based platform for hospital performance improvement and simulation-based clinical education. SIMnext will be the exclusive distributor of this new platform which will host its Health Scholars, SIMnext Academy, and serious gaming products. This new offering seamlessly links performance improvement, medical simulation and learning management for clinical education in one enterprise platform intended to increase patient safety and reduce the cost of care.

“Our partnership with SimCore has produced a platform that spans SIM Centers, Health System Performance Improvement programs, and Nursing Education,” said Gary Durack, SIMnext CEO. “This unique combination of products, technologies, and services will help clinicians to continuously increase their effectiveness, thus improving patient experiences and outcomes.”

This new platform manages all activities for a medical simulation center such as scheduling, course design, management of learners, allocation of resources and execution of scenarios. The platform provides data collection and analytical tools for clinical performance improvement such as clinical debriefs, analytics for identification of healthcare performance vulnerabilities, work flow management and patient safety organization (PSO) services. It also serves as an advanced enterprise-level learning management system with special emphasis on nursing education and training.

“SimCore’s partnership with SIMnext will allow us to improve healthcare performance and reduce medical errors with a next generation training and education platform,” said Brian Gillett, SimCore CEO. “With our courses, innovative vulnerability analytics and near miss detection, our platform enables institutions to track the impact of simulation and training to maximize ROI.”

ABOUT SIMnext LLC

SIMnext engineers and healthcare experts work side-by-side with clinicians and administrators to develop mobile applications, virtual reality environments, anatomically correct simulations, and patient-centered games for clinical education, performance improvement, and patient safety. SIMnext has a robust library of evidence-based educational courses that include procedural based simulations and critical thinking scenarios. For more information please visit www.simnext.com.

ABOUT SimCore

SimCore was developed by experts in healthcare safety and immersive education to advance clinical simulation by providing the next generation of simulation center and learning management tools. Intuitively designed, the SimCore platform affords highly efficient scenario design and deployment; powerful learner and center management tools; and robust reporting capabilities. SimCore organically disseminates best practices, enables cross-disciplinary collaboration and fosters synergies within the simulation community at a granular level. To learn more please visit www.simcoretech.com.

SIMnext Launches Realistic Virtual Experiences to Enhance Learning for Health Care Providers

Contact: Graham Whiteside, Vice President of Sales and Marketing     graham.whiteside@simnext.com

 (January 30, 2017 / Peoria, IL) – SIMnext, LLC will begin offering 3D medical simulation courses as part of its new SIMnext Academy. The announcement was made this week at the 2017 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), hosted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando, Florida.

 The SIMnext Academy will include exclusive distribution of the mySmartHealthcare® course library, developed by mySmartSimulations, Inc.

 The Academy joins Health Scholars, the company’s mobile platform for nursing education, which enables nurses working on hospital floors to complete required regulatory, patient safety, and clinical education courses.

OSF HealthCare has deployed the SIMnext learning solution throughout its organization. The Peoria-based system has 115 locations, including 11 hospitals. “The SIMnext reporting infrastructure provides the ability to track users, groups of users, and export data, regardless of where anyone is physically located,” said Lori Wiegand, DNP NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for OSF HealthCare.

With an initial focus on nursing education and patient safety, SIMnext Academy is delivering high-quality, simulation-based clinical education and training to its users through online courses and downloadable mobile content. 3D and haptic (touch) technologies provide learners with realistic virtual experiences that enhance understanding and produce muscle memory.

About SIMnext

SIMnext is built on a culture of open, agile exploration with partners that enable a team of medical, engineering, and business experts to aggressively pursue answers to complex health care simulation-based education and training problems. Through this model, SIMnext is able to offer fully tested, nuanced products that are key to improving patient outcomes as well as efficiencies within the health care industry. For more information visit www.simnext.com.

About OSF HealthCare

OSF HealthCare, headquartered in Peoria, IL, is owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. OSF HealthCare has 11 hospitals throughout Illinois and Michigan as well as two colleges of nursing. The system partnered with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria in 2013 to open the Jump Simulation & Education Center. One of the largest centers of its kind, Jump Simulation has provided more than 65,000 unique learning experiences to date. For more information, visit www.osfhealthcare.org.  

SIMnext to Distribute New Teaching Tools that Reduce the Use of Human Cadavers

Contact: Graham Whiteside, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
graham.whiteside@simnext.com

(January 24, 2017 / Peoria, IL) – SIMnext®, LLC has reached an agreement with Gubener Plastinate GmbH to become the exclusive North American distributor of the von Hagens Plastination – Real Anatomy for Teaching line of anatomical specimens.

Intended for use in anatomy education, these products provide medical, nursing, and dental students with human anatomy specimens of exquisite detail. Made by using silicone plastination technology developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens through decades of research, the von Hagens specimens are recognized as the world’s highest quality and most durable human-derived teaching specimens. The use of the von Hagens plastinates reduces the use of human cadavers, and thereby the cost for anatomy education without sacrificing the fidelity of the student experience.  

“This product fits perfectly with our strategy to deliver the highest-quality and most realistic physical and virtual education tools to our customers. These human-derived specimen collections will serve as the foundation for a new generation of amazing anatomy education tools,” said Gary Durack, SIMnext CEO. “We are proud to partner with Gubener Plastinate in this effort.”

Jump Simulation & Education Center, a collaboration between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, is a testing site for Real Anatomy for Teaching.

“Learning anatomy and the three dimensional relationships of the human body is dramatically improved when students encounter models like these,” said John Vozenilek, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Simulation at OSF HealthCare. “Drawings and illustrations in books help, but they cannot properly represent the complexity of the human form like these models can.”

The von Hagens Plastination – Real Anatomy for Teaching products will be unveiled by SIMnext at the 2017 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), hosted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, on January 28, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Meeting attendees will be able to view the products in the Regency Ballroom Exhibit Hall January 29 through 31.

SIMnext's corporate offices are based in Peoria, IL within Jump. The company’s product development and manufacturing activities occur on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign. Both SIMnext and OSF HealthCare are members of MATTER, a hub of entrepreneurs and industry leaders in Chicago working together to fuel health care innovation.

About SIMnext

SIMnext is built on a culture of open, agile exploration with partners that enable a team of medical, engineering, and business experts to aggressively pursue answers to complex health care simulation-based education and training problems. Through this model, SIMnext is able to offer fully tested, nuanced products that are key to improving patient outcomes as well as efficiencies within the health care industry. For more information visit www.simnext.com.

About the Jump Simulation & Education Center

A collaboration between University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and OSF HealthCare, the center replicates patient care settings to ensure novice and seasoned clinicians can practice handling medical situations in a life-like environment. Boasting six floors and 168,000 square feet, the center is one of the largest of its kind and provides space for conferences, anatomic training, virtual reality, and innovation. For more information, visit www.jumpsimulation.org.

The Cost of Medication Errors

Healthcare organizations can educate nurses and other professionals to reduce medication errors through effective training. Apps such as Health Scholars™ offer multiple courses on a wide range of topics and can be used in a classroom setting or at the bedside to demonstrate competencies. Don't let the cost of medication errors affect your organization. Find out more about mobile education for nurses at learn@healthscholars.com.

New Health Scholars™ Mobile Education! Release of First Six Courses

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PEORIA, MAY 2016: To provide nurses with immersive, collaborative education, CSE Software™ Inc. and SIMnext™ have developed Health Scholars™ courses on a mobile platform.

Available in iOS and Android operating systems for a number of devices, the Health Scholars app is the first standardized, interactive nurse education of its kind. The self-paced learning accommodates the full spectrum of nurses and other healthcare professionals from novice to expert. The immersive, collaborative courses feature quizzes and post-tests to gauge comprehension and competency, contributing to the development of clinical expertise. The platform contains unique user recognition to record and report user data. The results are stored in a secure database and feed to a customizable dashboard that provides decision makers key performance indicators from individual users. Courses will be released continually and cover a wide range of topics. Featured topics in the first six Health Scholars courses:

  • Infection Prevention provides education on infection control, standard precautions, high touch points, cleaning practices, and more.
  • Facility Precautions covers facility instituted precautions for many areas including contact, airborne, transmission and more.
  • Hospital Acquired Infections covers infections such as central-line blood stream, catheter-associated urinary tract, pneumonia and more.
  • Medication Safety provides education on the pharmacy and nursing team relationships, medication administration, drug diversion, pharmaceutical waste and blood transfusions.
  • Anticoagulation covers education on blood thinners, considered a high risk medication.
  • Blood Transfusion covers transfusion education such as equipment, patient monitoring, safety precautions, how to respond to an adverse reaction and more.“This is training that can happen on a tablet, right next to a patient care environment, and in the presence of a preceptor. We can document that people are achieving competency in the clinical space at the bedside.” Dr. John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center.

Chicago Sun-Times Article with Dr. John Vozenilek

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The Chicago Sun-Times featured a Sunday Sitdown article on Dr. John Vozenilek, chief strategy officer at SIMnext, this past weekend. Dr. Vozenilek talks about the advancement of medical training, including the use of phantoms and tablet technology to standardize and increase accuracy by medical students. He explains that practicing on the tablet can greatly reduce errors and allow the nurses to become more comfortable with the devices. Medical schools, nursing schools and academic medical centers have all shown interest in adding these new ways of teaching to their curriculum.

Read the full article on The Chicago Sun-Times' website.

Nursing Competency: Mobile Device Use in the Rural Setting

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ABSTRACT: Simulation training can improve nursing staff confidence, competence, and communication in new and unfamiliar situations. The development of unique and creative handheld information technology solutions to enhance nursing knowledge in the clinical setting is gaining attention and momentum. Access to clinical educational opportunities is reduced within the healthcare environment in rural communities due to limited educator resource availability. Mobile device applications developed for use by nurses practicing in rural communities can stimulate and impart knowledge, skills, and confidence as critical-thinking skills are advanced. Traditional nursing education and competency enhancement takes place “in seat”. Mobile device applications provide education conducted outside the classroom and into the live environment of care. The self-paced mobile device platform allows learners to work outside of the classroom and at the bedside or in the clinical environment. The curriculum is focused on improving interaction between preceptors and nurses while establishing deeper levels of demonstrated competency and improving safe, quality patient care outcomes. This paper discusses the creation of a standardized, interactive nursing education and simulation training with the ability to generate an immersive, collaborative learning encounter for preceptor/educator and nurses on the mobile device platform.

 

Application of Innovation Assignment: Nursing Informatics

Elizabeth Davidson

Wilkes University

Nursing Informatics

NSG 600

Dr. Julie Frederick

February 23, 2016

 

This article is being shared by Health Scholars™ with permission from the author.

Health Scholars Featured in IBI Magazine

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The January 2016 issue of Peoria InterBusiness Issues (IBI) featured an article on the upcoming medical simulation app Health Scholars. An ongoing partnership between OSF HealthCare, Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, SIMnext, and CSE Software aims to standardize nurse training and decrease some of the most common errors made in medical institutions. The collaboration will launch the Health Scholars app this April. This first-of-its-kind tool will revolutionize how new nurses are integrated into healthcare systems.

Health Scholars will be available for use on mobile tablets. It is designed for new nurses to use at the bedside, with preceptors guiding the learning process. The app will first launch with short interactive training modules focused on medication and patient safety, as well as infection prevention.

The idea to create an interactive training app was initially conceived to streamline and improve nurse orientation for OSF HealthCare. Medical experts from OSF and SIMnext, and software developers from CSE put their minds together to design an app targeting smart pump training. Jump is instrumental in testing the product and determining whether it’s positively impacting learning.

Download the article or read more on IBI’s website.

Gamification of Healthcare

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Gamification is a word that is often misunderstood for fun. While there is a fun overtone, gamification is not a game, but rather the application of game mechanics in non-game contexts to solve problems and engage users. Gamification in healthcare is a newer trend that has multiple benefits for users, providers and suppliers. As the elements of gamification become more accepted and mainstream, companies and organizations are implementing them within a variety of applications to influence their behaviors and engage personnel, patients, and employees. Two areas that will see increased use of game elements are training for healthcare workers (such as nurses curriculum and ongoing training) and for use to get patients or employees to engage and “change behaviors.”

For example heparin, a blood thinning drug, has a high association with drug errors. In order to provide ongoing training to its nursing staff, a large hospital in the Midwest developed a mobile app to train nurses on heparin adjustment. They can use the simulation to train at the bedside, in the presence of a preceptor, or in a classroom setting. Results are saved to find out which nurses reach competency. On the patient/consumer side, health-related apps are being developed to educate, but also to engage them to interact and form patterns of good behavior. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only one in five adults meet the Physical Activity Guidelines1. Several apps have been developed for disease prevention. There are also apps for self management of health – that remind people to exercise, track their workouts, challenge friends to work out, reward them for meeting goals and more. Companies can take it a step further and develop an app for their own employees, based on the criteria they determine to be the most important.

Getting people onboard is a critical first step, so clear instructions are a must. Users must understand how to interact with the technology and the rules to make them successful. This is particularly critical if the app is related to medication adherence or administration. A visual outline and examples of how to use the app are helpful.

Several elements of gamification can be applied to apps used for healthcare education and training or strictly to achieve engagement with a user.

Goal Setting: Whether short or long term, goals create benchmarks that can be tracked to mark progress. Users can celebrate each milestone and share with others.

Competition: Allows each individual to compare their results to others. A good example is the high scorer at the top of the leader board. A competitive user will want to take that spot.

Transparency: Allows for individuals to know their status and share it with others.

Feedback: Users get a response to the actions they take in the app, and will know their performance as it is happening. The feedback they receive helps to show their behaviors, both positive and negative, as they occur. For example an individual reaching a goal of 10,000 steps in a day, or a nurse achieving competency in medication administration training.

Awards: Achievements, often in the form of visual displays, can be granted to individuals, as well as exhibited to others, and are meant as a method of instilling pride in accomplishment or marking progress toward a goal. Almost any activity can translate into points or some award system to motivate the user. Reaching compliance, calorie intake, number of steps in a day, and blood pressure, are just a few ideas.

Levels: By using a step-by-step approach, users experience continual progress and obtain incremental rewards towards achievement. For example a diabetic checking blood sugar levels on time throughout the day, or a reduction in weight.

Teams: In many cases teams are a good way to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Each individual is accountable to the group for their progress. By encouraging each other to succeed and reach goals, they benefit the entire group. For example, nurses that must meet compliance can work together as a shift or floor. Or a group of employees that reach a weight-loss or smoking cessation milestone can post their success story on the company’s Facebook page.

Using healthcare apps with gamification elements can have a positive impact on your organization or business. A professional mobile and simulation development company can help you design and deploy the apps you need to train healthcare staff or to engage and modify health-related behaviors in employees.

Resource CSE Software Inc. can develop mobile apps and simulations for your hospital or healthcare organization to train or continue training and education for nurses and other healthcare personnel. Contact us at 1.309.670.7595 or info@healthscholars.com to get started today.

Source 1. http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/data/facts.htm

Reduce Heparin Administration Errors With Mobile Training

According to a report by Carefusion, 60% of nursing staff was involved with heparin errors. Reduce errors with ongoing training. The Health Scholars mobile app, Heparin Adjustment, makes training easy. Learn in a patient care environment, and in the presence of a preceptor. Find out which nurses are achieving competency.

Contact us at 1.309.670.7595 or info@healthscholars.com to get licensing information or find out more about Health Scholars apps.

3 Reasons Nurses Should Continue Education

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Nurses should never stop learning. The healthcare field is ever-changing with new discoveries, technological advances, protocols and practices. To stay ahead of the changes, nurses must continue their education. Gaining new skills and knowledge is paramount to their success, and the health and well being of their patients. Today’s simulation and mobile app technology makes it easy to learn new techniques that impact patient wellness and safety, and help nurses in their own career advancement.

The availability of mobile apps has improved access to training materials previously not available to nurses. Competency can be reached at the bedside or in a classroom environment and in the presence of a preceptor. Training can be conducted consistently, with the same steps and processes taught the same way every time, anywhere.

Provide Best Patient Care

Care giving is becoming more complex. Nurse shortages have led to some staffing crunches. Nurses have more responsibilities, more patients to care for and less time. Quality care is an issue for hospitals as well as patients. Hospitals must keep accreditations and meet other standards for care. Nurses who keep skills sharp and help their organizations meet standards will directly impact the level of patient care and patient satisfaction. A satisfied patient will translate into likely return visits to the hospital for additional services and care.

Improve Patient Safety

Medical errors that have injured or caused patients to die are prevalent enough that hospitals are taking action to reduce and limit their numbers. Training nurses is a critical step in identifying and preventing medical errors and increasing patient safety. The costs of healthcare are astronomical. Nurses can train using mobile apps and simulations to learn new techniques and protocols that reduce or alleviate medical errors. Continuing education helps nurses improve hospital quality overall and improve patient safety.

Improve Potential for Job Advancement

Continuing education has become a key factor in employee evaluations. While a certain amount of ongoing training may be required for nurses (requirements vary by state), employers often reward nurses who continue their education after graduation beyond the requirements. Nurses that don’t continue learning often find it hard to stay ahead of the latest technological trends and medical developments. Continuing education also helps nurses achieve compliance and meet competencies. Nurses that stay abreast of trends, new protocols and techniques are more valuable than a nurse that hasn’t kept up-to-date with changes in healthcare.

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CSE Software Inc. can develop mobile apps and simulations for your hospital or healthcare organization to train or continue training for nurses and other healthcare personnel. Contact us at 1.309.670.7595 or info@healthscholars.com to get started today.

Choose a Career in Nursing for Opportunity, Education, and Advancement

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Nursing is a growing field with many opportunities for employment, ongoing education, and advancement. As the workforce and population ages, more nurses will be needed in the coming years to keep up with the demand. Take a look at a few facts about a career in nursing.

  • Total U.S. RN population: 3,063,162, as reported by National Organization for Associate Degree in Nursing.
  • According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics report, by 2018, more than 580,000 new registered nursing (RN) jobs will be created—a 22% increase from one decade ago.
  • For licensed practical nurses (LPN) and vocational nurses (LVN), job opportunities are projected to increase 25% by 2025. By 2025, the number of nurse practitioner (NP) is expected to increase by 57%.
  • Operating room, emergency medicine, case manager, and intensive care unit (ICU) RNs continue to be the most in demand registered nurse specialties, according to HEALTHeCAREERS Network.
  • A survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2013 found that men now comprise 9.6% of all RNs.
  • According to the American Nurses Association, the average nurse is 45 years old and 62.2% of employed nurses work in hospitals.
  • An average salary for full time employment for an RN is $66,973.00, according to National Organization for Associate Degree in Nursing.

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To prepare for a career in nursing or to continue education in the field, turn to Health Scholars mobile apps. Train safely on the use of the Smart Pump or heparin adjustment by using a simulated Smart Pump device. The interactive app teaches proper operation of the Smart Pump device; and in a separate app, how to administer the drug heparin through the Smart Pump. A mobile app allows training to take place in a patient care environment, and in the presence of a preceptor. The apps are available on both Apple and Android platforms. Contact us at 1.309.670.7595 and info@healthscholars.com for purchasing options.

Nurse Training Benefits Hospitals & Patients

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In addition to keeping hospitals and healthcare organizations in compliance, properly trained nurses also streamline processes; increase patient satisfaction; reduce accidents; and more. Healthcare organizations that do not invest in training experience skills gaps; a loss of revenue; threat of competition taking their patients; delaying new services; and more. Invest in ongoing training for nurses and reap the benefits.

    • Streamline processes. Give nurses the skills needed to do their jobs better. Well-trained nurses mean they are more accurate at their jobs, saving time and reducing errors.
    • Reduce nurse turnover. Employees who can grow and learn are happier and stay put. You can reduce employee turnover with ongoing training.
    • Grow your talent pool. Skill development and training ensures that you have a talent pool to fill critical jobs throughout your organization. It will also give you the human capital you need to expand your hospital though new service offerings.
    • Stay compliant. Nurses who are properly trained on processes and techniques keep organizations in regulation and compliance with governing bodies.
    • Reduce accidents. Proper training can save lives. Investing in safety training reduces accidents, protects employees from injuries and illness, and can save companies costs from insurance and workman’s comp claims. Not to mention the cost of having an employee out, a tool or device down, and the overall cost of that lost time.
    • Increase patient satisfaction. Training nurses to be better in their jobs also has an additional pay-off with increased patient satisfaction. Giving your nurses the skills they need can not only increase patients’ satisfaction in your hospital, it can also improve business in other ways.
    • Loyalty – by sharing their positive experience with others. It costs more to acquire a new patient than to keep an existing patient.
    • Trust – as you develop new services at your hospital or healthcare organization, patients will recognize and respect your high regard for training and safety by giving you their business.
    • Confidence – Nurses who understand proper protocols and procedures and how to perform correct techniques are more confident when handling patients.

Don’t let a skills gap or a lack of trained nursing candidates erode your hospital’s compliance record or ability to conduct business. Ongoing training is an investment, but an investment with benefits that far outweigh any development costs.

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CSE Software Inc. can develop training for your hospital or healthcare organization. Our development team can design and deploy custom software, web applications, mobile apps, simulation, and eLearning/mLearning on any healthcare topic. Contact Health Scholars at 309.670.7595 and get started today.

Administer Heparin Safely with Mobile App Training

Heparin is a medication most often used as an anti blood clotting medication, and can be fatal if administered incorrectly. Learning to properly administer heparin through a Smart Pump device is critical to nursing and patient success. Mobile apps have changed the way nurses learn in the classroom and healthcare environment. Health Scholars new mobile app for Heparin Adjustment training can ensure better learning outcomes through simulated practice on a Smart Pump device. Nurses can program and administer medication in multiple scenarios in a classroom environment or at the bedside. Resource

CSE Software Inc. is experienced in mobile app design and development. To learn more about CSE’s Heparin Adjustment app developed for Health Scholars or to see a demo, contact Health Scholars at 1.309.670.7595.


Data Integrity for Healthcare

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In a series of U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits, it was found that some hospitals lack sufficient security features, potentially exposing patients' electronic protected health information to unauthorized access. Vulnerabilities included unsecured wireless access, inadequate encryption, authentication failures, and other access control vulnerabilities.

The importance of data integrity, a component of data security, is especially impactful when it comes to handling medical records and patient information. Electronic data can be impacted because of a storage, retrieval or processing operation, including malicious intent, unexpected hardware failure, or human error. Any breach of data could result in unintended changes to the data or it falling into the wrong hands. Ensuring that patient privacy is protected and also making sure that the patient medical data used for decision making is maintained correctly are responsibilities of the hospital. A good plan for data integrity keeps hospitals and medical practices in compliance and ensures patient trust. Compromised healthcare information could lead to a misdiagnosis or an incorrect treatment.

Organizations must keep data free from corruption, being modified or disclosed without proper authorization. Some of the ways to ensure data privacy:

  • Data encryption, which will convert the data into unreadable code.
  • Data backup, which is the process of copying and archiving data for retrieval in case of loss.
  • Access controls, which is restricting access to the data unless authenticated.
  • Data validation, which means a process is in place to ensure that the data is correct when accessed.

Resource CSE Software can safely and efficiently help your organization maintain and ensure the accuracy and consistency of your health information over the life of the data. Contact Chris Thompson at 1.309.670.7595 today to find out how CSE can help your organization protect its health records and patient information.

5 Reasons Simulation Training Works in Healthcare

Training Works in Healthcare

The complexity and risk involved in delivering healthcare makes it a natural fit for simulation training. Realistic simulation allows medical students and professionals to practice skills in the safety of a virtual environment. The use of simulation can improve methods, processes, teamwork and patient outcomes. Here are five reasons why.

1. Understanding reactions. Learners can gauge and better understand human behavior during simulation. In the safety of the virtual environment, users can learn from their mistakes. Critical care situations can be replicated to learn proper responses. Distractions can be added in the simulation in order to practice possible scenarios and outcomes. Technical expertise can be tested and reviewed for best practices.

2. Always test. Try out devices, tools and methods and measure outcomes. For example in an operating room, a user can evaluate the tools that would be used during a surgery. Finding out how to correctly use the tools and how they react before actual surgeries can ensure better patient outcomes.

3. Training teamwork. Multiple people with the same end goal often have different ways of interacting. Find out how response times and methods sync up during a simulation. If a team needs more training to improve proper responses, the safety of the simulated environment is the place to learn. Doctors and nurses can learn how to seamlessly carry out triage or surgeries without the stress of having a real patient. It’s a great place to work through methods and processes to evaluate outcomes and make changes as needed. Finding out when communication is ineffective or fails or when there’s tension between professionals during simulation means getting the opportunity to correct the situation before a real-life emergency.

4. Personal behavior. Give new students and interns the opportunity to get insights into their own behavior. Working in a real world setting is a big adjustment from school. By working in a simulated environment, students can gain valuable feedback on how they use tools, react to situations, and interact with their co-workers.

5. Improving patient safety. All of the reasons above combine to create improved patient safety. When medical professionals have the opportunity to practice their skills without worry of mishap, it means they can test theories, processes and procedures and work on overall communication between professionals. This translates into safer, more effective outcomes for patients.

Procedural skills and ability to react in emergency situations can be greatly improved by practicing and refining skills during simulations. Simulation training is learner centric and allows students to not only practice processes, procedures and methods, but also helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in individuals.

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CSE Software Inc. has an experienced Serious Gaming and Simulation Development Team available to design and program simulation-based training for any industry. Make it a mobile app for access to training anywhere via an iPad or other tablet device. The team can also develop in multiple languages. Contact Stacey Burris at 1.309.670.7595 to start your simulation project today.

Smart Pump Simulation Training for Nurses

Smart Pump Application

In a strategic partnership between CSE Software Inc. and OSF Healthcare at the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, Peoria, Ill., CSE developed a simulation for an infusion pump device. The correct use of infusion pump devices is critical to patient care and safety. Smart Pumps work independently and together to deliver lifesaving blood, medications and other fluids. The computerized unit provides the foundation to build and customize infusion for patients. Pump units can then be added to the foundation unit to deliver fluids based on individual patient needs. Delivery methods could be via intravenous, intra-arterial, subcutaneous, epidural, enteral or irrigation of fluid spaces.

Using interactive tablet training developed by CSE Software, nursing professionals will learn the proper operation of the Smart Pump and supporting software program used for patient safety. The actual pump has a built-in computer and it is constantly collecting and monitoring data. The system helps improve patient safety and reinforces best practices. Through the simulation of this device, training on the Smart Pump can be delivered consistently and efficiently to personnel. The app allows training to take place in a patient care environment, and in the presence of a preceptor. In addition, processes and procedures can be covered to help personnel get a full understanding of the device; or it can even be used for patient education.  

“This is training that can happen on a tablet, right next to a patient care environment, and in the presence of a preceptor. We can document that people are achieving competency in the clinical space at the bedside.”

Dr. John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP Chief Medical Officer Jump trading Simulation & Education Center

  To ensure that all users have properly learned the procedures and key critical safety steps that are embedded to prevent medical errors, the evidence-based content can document that personnel are achieving competency in the clinical space. Ultimately, Smart Pump simulation training at Jump will lead to better patient care. The ability to train with realistic devices and environments ensures that medical professionals learn the same techniques as they will use in a real-world medical situation.

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CSE Software develops eLearning/mLearning, mobile and web apps, 3D simulation and custom software. The company’s expertise crosses many industries, including healthcare. Contact Health Scholars at 1.309.670.7595 to find out more about the Smart Pump app.

Mobile Learning Shows Return on Investment for Business

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According to a 2012 study released by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), U.S. organizations spent more than $156 billion on employee learning and development. Many types of training are available, with some types delivering better results than others. More companies are turning to mobile learning (mLearning) because of the ability to train anytime, anyplace and on any device. In addition to the flexibility of mLearning, there are measurable benefits to the bottom line. In the past, instructor-led training was a more traditional model for business, where instructors teach learners in a classroom or one-on-one environment. However with this model, limited access to the instructor is a concern when employees don’t fully grasp the material and the class is over. On the other hand, when employees are able to access training material repeatedly they can gain reinforcement, and knowledge retention is much better. Further, access via mobile devices means training can take place anytime and anyplace the user desires.

So what kind of return on investment (ROI) can organizations expect from training with mobile apps or mLearning software?

  • Reduced instructor costs. An instructor may introduce the training material initially to employees and staff members, but will be needed minimally thereafter if employees have access to the training material to reference.
  • Reduced or no travel costs. Savings will vary depending on location of instructors or whether employees need to travel for training. However, amount of time and need for travel is greatly reduced.
  • Efficient training. Employees that formerly had to attend scheduled classes can now access training material when it is convenient for them and for their managers. Plus, scheduling employees for training often leaves fewer resources for selling, fulfilling orders or interacting with customers. Staff can stay where they need to be during working hours.
  • Increased revenues. Better trained employees can be tied to increased revenues. New product education, sales training, and customer service training can be tied directly to a better bottom line.

Conduct your own ROI research. In addition to calculating ROI for some of the above benefits, ask yourself, what problems has better training solved for my organization? What is that worth?

Here are just a few of the returns on investments that can be measured:

  • Increase in sales.
  • Decrease in customer complaints or product returns.
  • Increased production.
  • Faster response times.
  • Decrease in safety violations and fines.
  • Decrease in workman’s comp filings.
  • Decrease in workman’s comp premiums.
  • Increase in compliance.
  • Increase in employee retention.

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CSE Software Inc. has an experienced Mobile Development team available to design and program training for any industry via access from any device. The team can also develop content in multiple languages. Contact Health Scholars at 1.309.670.7595 to discover measurable return on investment today.