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Simulation is the technique used to emulate real world scenarios in order to investigate, learn or practice a particular concept or skill.

Simulation ensures that the learner effectively internalizes the skills needed to deal with real world situations. Simulations are extremely useful in learning and practising a broad range of healthcare and safety related concepts and skills. Especially in medical education, simulation has become an integral part of the curriculum in subjects like CPR, SEPSIS and other life saving techniques. Simulations are included as key learning objects in these curricula.

Simulation in healthcare sector covers a broad range of activities that include:

  • Manikins
  • Trainer kits and props
  • Various patient cases
  • Medical instrumentation (simulated and real)
  • Environmental elements
  • Psychological factors
  • Interactive videos and animations
  • And A Hybrid mix of the above, as appropriate

Simulation provides a chance for the learner to apply the skills they learn and then analyze how they react and perform in simulated real-life situations. The analysis can include expert guidance, as well.

Benefits of simulation-based learning includes:

  • Better trained personnel
  • Improved patient care and safety
  • Ability to train more people cost-effectively
  • Reduced or minimal exposure to real-life situations during training
  • Continuous practice and upgrading of skills for professionals
  • Faster, cheaper and more efficient healthcare services
  • Ability to perform investigation and research
  • Ability to fine-tune skills and procedures before performing actual procedures (eg. complex surgeries)

Core building blocks of Simulation:

1. Model

    • Model is the digital representation of a physical system. eg. a patient, an instrument, a business entity, etc.
    • Model has attributes and behavior
    • The attributes and behavior can change in a very complex manner in response to external stimuli

Complexity and accuracy of simulation is highly dependant on how closely the model is able to mimic the real physical system. Models are typically developed and verified by highly capable computer scientists and subject matter experts.

2. Model Executor

Model executor is typically the software program that executes the Model and interacts with the learner through the simulation-specific user interface. Normally there is a recording interface or infrastructure to capture the stimuli to the model and its behavior throughout the simulation run. This information is used for analysing the learner’s performance and to apply corrections, as appropriate.

3. User Interface

During a simulation run, a learner interacts with the model through appropriate user interface. If it is purely software based simulation, the user interface is typically web based or through installed applications. More modern simulations have taken advantage of tablet and mobile based simulations, as well.

Simulations involving hardware would be more closer to the situations one would encounter in the real world. eg. a minikin could be used for practicing CPR or surgical skills or an instrument interface could be used for learning how to use it in real life.

Apart from the core components of a simulated environment, developing the environment itself involves creating appropriate tool-chain and test environments. Involvement of subject matter experts is essential in developing accurate models.

Skillset for development of Model Executor and UI typically includes expertise in systems and application programming like Java, C++, HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. It may also include strong expertise in hardware, digital signal processing and product development skills.

Impelsys is helping leaders in Simulation space expand their reach into the mobile world. Impelsys is also helping them in creating next generation simulation technologies that are scalable and integrating them to various learning solutions.