University of Nebraska
Digital Pulse
iEXCEL's Newsletter 
Volume 2 Issue 6
October 4, 2016

iEXCEL Expo is just two days away.  Mark your calendars!
Global leadership in transforming human performance & effectiveness in health care
Welcome to Digital Pulse!
September has been another month of great progress for iEXCEL with much achieved related to working with architects and engineers on the details of the interior and exterior design of the Global Center. 

We have added a key staff member, Ray Layne, as Manager, Advanced Simulation Operations (read more about Ray below), and Patti Carstens has taken a new role as Manager, Simulation Research, Development and Assessment, to support the further adoption of simulation.

Ben Stobbe, iEXCEL's Executive Director for Clinical Simulation, and our student interns in the Visualization Hub have been working with Nebraska Medicine staff to create new kinds of interactive learning using the iWall, including a training course for identifying and treating Sepsis, a leading cause of death in the ICU. 

Suzanne Torroni, Executive Director for Business Development, and the iEXCEL team are preparing for the second iEXCEL Expo on Thursday, October 6th (see details below) and establishing Centers of Excellence with our industry collaborators within the Global Center.

In addition, we are deeply engaged in continuous fundraising to ensure that we meet our fiscal goal. 

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iEXCEL Expo 2016
Thursday, October 6th
iEXCEL Visualization Hub (MSC 1012)
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Experience Visualization Technology:
  • Interactive visualization iWall
  • 3D CADwall for immersive environments
  • iBench virtual reality system
  • HoloLens - holographic head mounted display
  • EON Reality thyroid biopsy training simulator
  • Fly through a rendering of the Global Center
Learn more about surgical skills education:
  • Gaumard Surgical Chloe
  • Karl Storz equipment & technology 
Treat high-fidelity patient simulators and test your skills on advanced procedural trainers:
  • CAE Lucina birthing simulator
  • Gaumard pediatric simulator
  • Laerdal SimMan 3G adult simulator
  • CAE VIMEDIX ultrasound trainer
  • KGS Trauma F/X critical response simulator
And More...
  • Gain info on Simulation in Motion - Nebraska (SIM-NE) - mobile simulation program
  • Realistic heart model from The Chamberlain Group

Get in on the conversation and use our twitter hashtag campaign: #iEXCELexpo

Visit our website for event details, including maps and parking

iEXCEL Program Updates
Meet Ray Layne, EMT, BS, Manager, Advanced Simulation Operations
Mr. Layne’s responsibilities include the administrative and operational management for iEXCEL's clinical simulation centers, including the Sorrell Clinical Simulation Lab.

He previously served as a technical instructor/course developer/simulations specialist for the U.S. Army’s Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) program of record. Additional positions held by Mr. Layne include serving for 14 years as a health care specialist and infantryman, 75th Ranger Regiment U.S. Army (combat deployment 2004-2005); and Captain and Rescue Lieutenant, Tri Community Fire & Rescue.
Mr. Layne is a nationally registered EMT with a bachelor’s in information technology from Globe University.

Office: MSC 1029
Phone: 402-559-9146
Progress: The Global Center
Draft Rendering July 2016
iEXCEL is most grateful to the Omaha City Council for unanimously approving UNMC's  funding request for infrastructure changes around the Global Center. The City Council was highly supportive of iEXCEL's efforts related to the positive implications for workforce development in Omaha.

According to a report produced by Tripp Umbach, the project will overall create 325 well-paying jobs in technology management and software development, and due to visitors and industry presence, will generate $137.7 million annually in economic impact for the city and state economies.

Read Omaha World-Herald coverage of the council decision here.

Technology Advancements & News
Visualization Hub
Training Tool for Nebraska Medicine

Jessica Strickler, BSN, RN, MICU/SICU Clinical Education Coordinator for Nebraska Medicine, provided an insightful demo for the iEXCEL Advisory Board, a guiding body made up of community leaders appointed by Chancellor Gold, on the use of the iWall for Sepsis training. The course has already provided hour-long training sessions to over 100 nurses. The trainers were looking for a way to improve staff engagement by moving away from the reliance on computer desktop modules. The iWall provided learning flexibility, and the staff feedback has been extremely positive.

Susie Needham, BSN, RN, Clinical Educator for Nebraska Medicine's Emergency Department, also presented her staff's experiences with the iWall for EPIC Trauma Chart Training to the Advisory Board. She emphasized how the iWall allowed the training experience to use multiple media platforms at the same time to create a "real-time" charting experience. As a result of this interactive training, Ms. Needham estimates that up to 50 data entry points were changed for improvement of the system.

First Annual iEXCEL Student Intern Showcase

The first Annual iEXCEL Student Intern Showcase featured presentations and live demos from Collin Peterson (UNO), Drew Peterson (UNO) and Max DiBaise (University of Arizona). These spectacular interns have provided an essential link between the technology and the early adopters among both faculty and staff. The iEXCEL internship program began in order to provide support for content creation and assistance for the delivery of educational sessions in the Visualization Hub.

In addition to helping faculty and staff translate their ideas into interactive learning sessions, the student interns were able to glean knowledge to expand the Visualization Hub's current technology and challenge its limitations. These insights are being translated into lessons learned, and inevitably will influence future technological activities in the Hub. This opportunity to be engaged at a developer level of new technology has provided the students with “a great introduction into the world where academia and business start ups converge,” according to Collin Peterson.

While the official summer internship program has since concluded, we are pleased to announce that all three interns have extended their internships with iEXCEL into the school year. We are also most grateful for their work and assistance in numerous tours and demos and look forward to witnessing achievements going forward from these and
future bright and talented students.  
Events & Outreach
Florida Simulation Summit
Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, UNMC Chancellor, and Pamela Boyers, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Simulation, were featured speakers at the recent Florida Simulation Summit in Orlando on September 22, 2016.  Orlando is considered a major hub for national simulation training as well as organizations involved in modeling & simulation.

Dr. Gold and Dr. Boyers addressed how simulation will improve health care in their respective keynote and panel presentations. Both presentations were very well received and incited much interest represented in the numerous questions and requests for future discussions.

In Closing...

As always, thank you for your continued interest, support and engagement with iEXCEL. 

Sincere Regards – Pam Boyers, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, iEXCEL

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