SimCore: Streamlining the Simulation Process

The Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center remains a world-class facility where hundreds of learners train to be the best clinicians they can be within the most realistic health care environments possible. However, the people behind the scenes who are responsible for running simulations have been using an older system of saving curriculum, simulation directions and standardized participant scripts in different digital spaces.

Enter, SimCore, a cloud-based, simulation management platform distributed by SIMnext, a commercial company that spun out of Jump Simulation, a part of OSF Innovation, and is now a partner. SimCore houses curricular scenarios, educational handouts and evaluations all in one place. Jump Simulation sought out this tool to help simplify how learning is delivered.

Jump Sim is working with SIMnext to pilot the platform and provide feedback on its performance. The goal is to ensure SimCore is a tool that Jump Sim can continue to use in the future for all of our education and simulation needs.

What SimCore Does

Outside of being a one-stop shop for storing simulation scenarios, we can make information easy to find by tying scenarios to facilitators, departments and institutions. This is a great addition as we run simulations for a variety of learners from different locations including OSF facilities, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, nursing schools and other clinical sites.

SimCore allows an entire simulation to be run electronically as opposed to manually. Faculty and simulation specialists have the ability to watch a simulation in progress while learners see any media related to their scenario such as an x-ray or lab results. We can also assess how learners are doing throughout the simulation.

The simulation management platform is a protected patient safety organization which means it can retrieve and analyze patient events from our health care system. Pair this with the ability to collect learner information and we can compare education with actual patient outcomes. We can truly find out if our simulations are making a difference to our patients.

What’s next?

There are some exciting possibilities on the horizon for us to show return on investment for our programs using SimCore. We also expect the system to help us identify curriculum that needs to be adjusted to better meet learning objectives.

The actual integration and implementation of the full range of functionalities for SimCore are expected to be complete in mid-2018. In the meantime, Jump Sim is helping shape the future of this tool to not only meet our needs but to help simulation facilities around the world.

Categories: Clinical Simulation, Simulation