Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) has designed a series of medical simulations focused on increasing healthcare access while also containing costs, enhancing medical practitioners’ skills, and improving patient-doctor communications that it will showcase this week at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2017. The four virtual medical simulations to be featured from the many ECS has developed for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are:

Crash Cart Countdown: a fast-paced simulation in which healthcare professionals quickly find emergency medication and equipment in mobile carts, called Crash Carts. Since crash carts differ at medical facilities, training to locate their contents ensures familiarity and improves response times in real medical emergencies.

Goals of Care Conversations: an interactive and personal simulation in which healthcare professionals talk with seriously ill patients about their conditions during scenarios. The goal is to improve healthcare workers’ soft skills and foster proper communication.

Clinical Skills: VR: integrated into the latest virtual-reality technology, VIVE™, this application allows conference attendees to immerse themselves in a virtual clinical environment to examine a simulated patient.

Virtual Medical Center: the first online medical center developed for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by ECS. Joe O’Connell, Vice President of Business Development, said: “Virtual medical simulations give healthcare professionals an advantage by allowing them 24/7 access to training opportunities. There is no need to wait for a situation to arise in a clinical setting or bring a team together and tie up resources. Healthcare workers select the situation they want to practice and can do it over and over again until the desired outcome is achieved.”