MedaPhor, a medical training simulations developer in the U.K., is celebrating the sale of its 500th simulation system. The HeartWorks TTE Mobile echocardiology skills simulator was sold and installed at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Clinical Simulation Center.
“We are delighted that Penn State Health has chosen HeartWorks for its patient centered training scenarios for echocardiography,” said MedaPhor CEO Stuart Gall.
HeartWorks TTE MobilePenn State has long made simulation training part of its program, having opened the Simulation Development and Cognitive Science Laboratory in 1992. After several name changes and shifting building to building, the Penn State Hershey Clinical Simulation Center now sits in a 9,500-square foot space, sporting modern training technology such as the HeartWorks system.
“The addition of the HeartWorks simulator gives us new capabilities to merge technology with our standardized patients in order to create a more realistic environment for our learners,” said Clinical Simulation Center Manager David Rogers. “Enabling learners to interact simultaneously with the HeartWorks technology and standardized patients adds an extra level of realism and opens up new possibilities for them to access more complex cases and scenarios.”
MedaPhor first opened its doors in 2004 with the core goal of advancing ultrasound training around the world. Last year, MedaPhor acquired Inventive Medical Limited, a U.K.-based company that develops cardio ultrasound simulation products under the HeartWorks brand. The £3 million acquisition came after a yearlong collaboration between the two companies.
Medaphor’s ScanTrainer and HeartWorks products create learning systems to train medical students in transthoracic, transoesophageal, transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound skills. With the installation of the HeartWorks simulator at Penn State, the university’s annual cohort of 23,000 learners will now have access to MedaPhor’s technology.
“This 500th system installation demonstrates the growing demand for these systems around the world,” said Gall. “We look forward to hitting more global sales milestones as we continue to enhance and grow our product offering.”