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Simulation Technology & AV System Integration

We do not “outsource” our projects to technology subcontractors.  We consult, design, plan, install, integrate, test, commission, support and then live-monitor your system 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

How are we different from the “others”?

We do not “outsource” the technology portion of our projects.  Simulation recording-debriefing systems rely on a solid foundation of AV and IT technology.  In order for the cameras, microphones, speakers, manikins, recorders, transcoders and streamers to work efficiently they must “ride” on a solid platform of AV and IT technology.  Our team has over 22 years of experience integrating complex technical systems across the country.

We Provide Total Turnkey Solutions

Our experienced and qualified simulation consultants were hired straight out of simulation programs like yours. Our AV solutions interface with your educational objectives and the many technologies used each day.

We have full time Simulation Subject Matter Experts

Our handpicked CHSOS and CHSE certified experts have experience ranging from paramedics to EMT, simulation center management, simulation center build out and leading simulation related certification and education programs.

We Live Monitor systems 24/7 after installation

All our installed systems are live monitored for disruptions in service. As disruptions occur our monitoring network is alerted and our team focuses on a remedy. These alerts range from network drop offs, transmission/streaming failures, lost connections, storage capacity overloads and/or lost/stolen equipment.

The Academic Based Level 3 Healthcare Solution

Level 3 Healthcare successfully implemented SIMStation into a four-year University Simulation Center in Provo, Utah. This center was a retrofit from an existing AV system, and Level 3 Healthcare was brought in to add a new dimension of user feedback, as well as, provide the newest technology the industry has to offer. This Simulation Center includes a total of seventeen rooms…

The Hospital Based Level 3 Healthcare Solution

We realized that medical simulation was missing an important piece to the overall “puzzle” of simulation at Alameda Health Systems, and that was audiovisual consulting. We pride ourselves on being a complete solution provider, along with our powerful partnership with SIMStation, a recording & debriefing solution. From planning to installation, trust our in-house CHSOS & CHSE certified simulation consultants to help you with every decision.

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We Follow A Strict Quality Control Standard

AV 9000 is the brain-child, quality control program developed by Mario Maltese over 18 years ago. In a nutshell, AV-9000 is an “auditable” quality management “check-list” administered through the four stages of any technology employment: 1) Site Survey 2) Design-Engineering 3) In-House Staging 4) In-Field installation.  Each category has a specific check-list engaged and completed before the project can progress to its next step. All systems are pre-built and “staged” in our facility prior to being packaged up and shipped to the field for installation.  This program is designed to create zero-defect systems, efficiency and on-time installations. We have embraced this program to such an extent that Mr. Maltese certified us to be it’s West Coast certification entity.  We now offer 3-day certification courses known as CQT and CQD.

All Simulation Integrations Include

Multi-Angle Video Capture

Capture wide, medium and close-ups at once with the most flexible camera support in the industry.

User Portfolios

Assemble user portfolios automatically while tracking performance and progress. The comprehensive record of all center activities for each user is filterable and searchable.

Curriculum Management

Manage and administer instructional content and OSCEs in a collaborative environment. Scheduling, enrollment and notifications are seamlessly integrated.

Performance Assessments

Customizable checklist and reporting features are ideal for administering OSCEs, tracking simulation center performance or for clinical care assessment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A simulation system allows students to carry out real-life scenarios in a controlled, simulated environment. If you’ve ever practiced CPR on a “dummy,” you’ve participated in a simulated learning environment. Simulation training is particularly prevalent in medical training because it allows students in both nursing and medical schools to address life-and-death situations—resuscitation, wound care, triage, surgery, vitals monitoring, emergency care and more—without the pressure of actual life and death. Solutions vary in complexity depending on your specific training needs, and our proprietary SimStation application can support a range of system configurations. The most basic simulation offering includes multi-camera support viewable on a single screen with real-time audio. Intermediate solutions may allow data from patient monitors, whether real or virtual, to be captured as a video stream that can be recorded, broadcast, or both. More advanced systems are compatible with training manikins that play the role of a patient during a simulated healthcare scenario. In this application, a simulation audiovisual (AV) system would interface with a manikin by automatically receiving a data stream during a scenario session or immediately upon its completion. Simulated events in the scenario—for example, increasing the respiratory rate of the “patient”—are time-stamped and indexed for later review and debriefing. This functionality comes at increased cost.

Teachers and students both benefit from comprehensive, hands-on learning. Educators can move away from lecture-focused, one-sided teaching and instead provide an interactive, learner-focused experience that emphasizes practical skills and address real-time student questions and responses. Students benefit from life-like learning environments that allow them to assess outcomes in a controlled way. For example, a nursing student had a strong emotional response when her actions in a simulation led to the “death” of her “patient.” Experiencing and debriefing such outcomes in a controlled, simulated environment better prepare providers to prevent or manage those outcomes in the real world.

The first question of anyone considering a simulation solution is how much it will cost. The cost largely depends on your organization’s needs and application of the solution. For example, how many rooms are involved in your simulation environment and what type of rooms are they? Will you be following one patient from the emergency room to an exam room to a surgical theater? Or do you need to simultaneously track multiple patients in one large area? How many images do you need to capture per second? In a standard simulation, 30 frames/second is usually sufficient, but for more precise disciplines such as surgery, 60 frames/second in high definition is required. Data collection requirements, storage requirements, software/hardware requirements, and your debriefing process will all impact total cost. Considerations include whether you are recording data from the patient manikin as well as portable monitors measuring vital signs, how long you need to store recordings, etc.

Most experienced and qualified system integrators offer various warranties and maintenance service programs to fit your organization’s specific needs and budget. Even if your integrator is not headquartered nearby, a good partner will train and deploy a local AV service technician to troubleshoot issues and perform routine repairs. Be sure to ask your integrator about what project warranties and extended warranties are available, what they cover, and what other options they provide for maintenance contracts and on-site and other kinds of support.

IT departments worry about having additional boxes or devices added to their network to support a large simulation system. A simulation system does require network access, but a dedicated simulation AV network behind its own router or VLAN can prevent a slowdown of the larger network. User-based access to a dedicated simulation network—such as requiring user credentials—can help protect the network. In addition, user-based access to a separate simulation network also addresses HIPPA(Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) compliance requirements.

The length of the recording and the amount of movement captured in the recording are major factors in determining storage requirements. As a general rule, a recording with four video and audio streams would require a minimum of 100 MG per minute or 6 GB per hour. The length of time you need to retain each recording will also determine storage requirements. While most simulation AV systems record onto a network-connected PC, server, or DVR-type device, removable or external media storage capabilities can be built into a simulation system for growth and scalability. While redundancy of recorded files is recommended initially as a precaution, scheduled culling of duplicate files can prevent unnecessary accumulation that eats up storage space.

The intended use of your simulation solution will determine the type of system you need and what skills and expertise will be required to operate and maintain it. Possible integration with additional technologies, such as manikins, will further inform your operation and maintenance requirements. Once your solution is installed, hiring an in-house simulation technician is highly recommended for ongoing support and operation—especially if your system will grow more complex. AV system integrators should also coordinate with IT managers and network specialists to ensure synchronization on the software side of the system.

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