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Department of Veterans Affairs continues partnership with Decision Simulation for its simulation platform to educate healthcare providers
|By Business Wire
|May 12, 2014 10:03 AM EDT
Simulation LLC, the leading provider of cloud and mobile simulation
platforms, announced today that the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) has continued its enterprise license with
Decision Simulation to support the VA’s Simulation, Learning, Education
and Research Network (SimLEARN).
The relationship between the VA and Decision Simulation began in 2011
when the VA launched a pilot program using the DecisionSim platform to
advance its efforts with SimLEARN, a national program furthering the
advancement of simulation training and education. Based on the success
of the pilot, in 2012, the VA signed a five-year, enterprise-wide
contract with Decision Simulation to extend access to all VA
employees. The VA has now exercised the first two option years of the
2012 contract. The VA’s investment in DecisionSim will exceed $10
million if all of the options are exercised.
“DecisionSim helps the VA increase the consistency and quality of
care across all facilities through improved education and training
delivered in an engaging, cost-effective and measurable approach,”
B. McGee, MD, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at Decision
Simulation, “This continuation of the enterprise license demonstrates
the value of DecisionSim to help improve and assess decision-making.”
As a valuable resource to VA healthcare educators and providers,
SimLEARN provides training through operational strategies and simulation
technology in order to meet specific training goals. Leveraging adult
learning and gaming concepts, DecisionSim helps the VA accelerate each
learner’s level of expertise by improving knowledge, retention, and the
application of knowledge through simulations which replicate the
challenges that VA providers face daily.
The VA is a leader in the use of simulation to support clinical
improvement. DecisionSim is used for a wide range of learners such as
primary care, specialty care, nursing and non-clinical staff. Topics
include women’s health, patient safety and palliative care to name a
few. The VA has blended DecisionSim with other simulation modalities and
is applying DecisionSim in team training and communication skills
“We are honored to be a valued partner in the VA’s effort to improve
patient care. By utilizing DecisionSim, VA healthcare
professionals and staff will be better equipped to meet the needs of all
Veterans and continually improve patient outcomes,” said Bob
Yayac, President of Decision Simulation.
Decision Simulation teamed with Catapult
Technology, Ltd., an award-winning, customer-oriented, provider of
full-service management consulting and information technology (IT)
solutions. Catapult is the prime contractor for this partnership and
brings to this project its program management expertise, as well as
proven past performance with the VA.
About Decision Simulation
Decision Simulation is the leading provider of cloud and mobile
simulation platforms to enhance and assess decision-making. Its flagship
product, DecisionSim, is used for training and assessment, by all levels
of healthcare providers, staff and patients, and has been applied for
both medical and non-medical training. Leveraging adult learning and
gaming concepts, DecisionSim allows educators to author custom learning
experiences and evaluate the decisions of learners. Learners benefit
from the realistic and engaging simulations that have multiple outcomes
based upon decisions made, resulting in improved decision-making skills
and increased retention. DecisionSim collects valuable objective
behavioral data to allow educators a greater understanding of the
DecisionSim has been adopted by organizations around the world,
including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as leading
healthcare systems, professional societies, pharmaceutical firms,
continuing medical education providers, and academic institutions in the
U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Europe. To learn more, visit www.DecisionSimulation.com.
About Catapult Technology
Catapult Technology, Ltd. is a mid-tier federal contractor that provides
full lifecycle information technology and management consulting services
to a breadth of civilian, defense, and intelligence agencies. Catapult
was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn
more at www.catapulttechnology.com
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