Till now the traditional approach to healthcare training relies on patients as the primary subject for clinician training. It is of great importance to recall the ethical issues of patient safety and wellbeing and at the same time there is also another problem arising from this practice: training by using live patients is opportunistic and does not allow repeated practice.
Healthcare simulations have four main purposes:
- Education – training
- Health system integration
The maximum of targets in health care training can be achieved by usage simulation which is now a full demand for a number of serious reasons can prove that the results of such training can be extremely efficient.
Additionally there are many requirements coming from health care agencies, hospitals, universities and even more in a wider thinking form governmental institutes all over the world for training in health care procedures and processes, in specific areas of patients clinical behavior and also in medical personnel reaction planning under given condition.
To face all the above a lot of research, software, hardware and modeling has been produced and a great number of people are working in specialized projects.
People like Vera Novak of Harvard USA Medical School, Joseph Rosen Thayer School of Engineering at Darmouth, USA, Dr John Sokolowski in Old Dominion University and many others are presenting a fantastic work in research and applied simulation for health care issues.
The idea is that in the next years health care simulation will replace all kinds of traditional training and will become a cost effective and most efficient training methodology.
Computer Assisted Exercises for health care can reduce dramatically the costs of training and provide critical solutions for facing global problems in health care. CAX methodology used for healthcare simulations may be the tool that will save millions of lives worldwide and reduce the costs of medical and supporting medical personnel training. It seems that international medical community has adopted already simulation as the training methodology of the future. What they need to know is how to use it in a more methodological way, more productive and actually more secure.