"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Technological Hurdles We All Face" - Laerdal Medical Sponsored Plenary Address


Laerdal Medical - Gold Sponsor of SimGHOSTS 2017 USA


Pre-Con Workshops: August 1st, 2017
Main Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017
Host: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

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Laerdal Medical Sponsored Plenary Address

"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Technological Hurdles We All Face"

Dr. Amar Patel

One may argue that CGI can be an important part of a film, a video, or even an educational session. So, what is CGI? Do you really understand how valuable things like CGI can be in simulation? Each day, new pieces of technology are introduced to enhance our experiences. Those of us that are innovators want nothing more than the opportunity to use it, while the laggards attempt to justify, analyze, and develop a value plan for adopting it. But, who is right? There are countless technological hurdles for all involved, and it takes an innovator working with laggards to truly understand what we can and should use today. Utilizing technology in simulation creates a distinct and yet complex environment. Understanding the unique nature of technology and what is available to us will only help push more laggards into innovators. To take our programs to the next level, we must explore the latest technological advances available to us today and where they can bring us tomorrow. Let’s see what the future holds for us all in simulation!

About Amar Patel:

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Dr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based educational programs to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and online learning applications. With over 20 years of experience in the fire and EMS services, disaster medicine, and critical care transport as a firefighter, a paramedic, a researcher, and an educator, Amar’s passion for improving quality and patient safety is seen in his work through process improvements and engagements across the organization.

Amar has served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Amar has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit.

Amar is currently involved in simulation-based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation and how process changes affect the healthcare delivery model. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and textbook chapters on education return on investment, administration, sustainability, just-in-time training, and simulation center design, and is an internationally recognized thought leader on simulation-based education and ROI.

Dr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master's of Science in Emergency Health Services Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

Learn more about the WakeMed Simulation Center here

About Laerdal Medical

The Laerdal Corporation employs 1,400 people in more than 20 countries and has further international representation through a network of over 50 distributors. All employees are committed to the company ethos of ‘helping save lives’ through the ongoing research, development and supply of innovative products to improve patient outcomes. The Laerdal Foundation based at Stavanger, Norway was established in 1980 to provide financial support to practically orientated research and development in acute medicine. Together with a sister foundation in the US, since 2004, the Laerdal Foundation has supported about 1,500 heart function, brain function, circulation/shock, breathing function, CPR and pre-hospital treatment in Europe and the US with funding in excess of $13m.

The Laerdal Company was established in 1940. During our first two decades, we created innovative toys and books for children. In 1958, the company started to dedicate itself to advancing the cause of resuscitation and emergency care. In 1960, the first patient simulator Resusci Anne manikin was introduced to the market. A new logo was needed to reflect our mission. Our founder, Åsmund S. Laerdal, chose the image of the Good Samaritan. It depicts the ancient tale of the traveller whose selfless compassion and care saved the life of a total stranger. This became our emblem and our inspiration. Today, Laerdal Medical is dedicated to helping save lives with product solutions, services, and system solutions that support the Chain of Survival. The Good Samaritan logo symbolizes our commitment to every health professional and volunteer who has learned how to save the life of a family member, friend, or stranger in need. The vision of Laerdal is that no-one should die or be disabled unnecessarily during birth or from sudden illness or trauma. Since its creation of the pioneering, and now world famous CPR practise manikin in 1960, the Resusci Anne; many more innovative products have followed to improve and support education for Healthcare Professionals around the world, as well as facilitate the spread of CPR knowledge and skills to the would be Samaritan in the wider lay community. Laerdal has developed break-through technologies that have helped to define its portfolio of simulation, micro-simulation, virtual reality, automated external defibrillators and emergency therapeutic products as reputable market leaders. Other well-known brands include SimMan,SimBaby, SimNewB, HeartStart, Q-CPR, Stifneck, the Pocket Mask and BaXstrap.

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