The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH)

Hosted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

January 15-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California

IMSH is a scientific conference that explores the latest innovations and best practices in healthcare simulation. The conference aims to provide healthcare professionals with the tools needed to advance their skills, impact change in delivery systems and practice, and improve patient safety.

Kitware has exhibited at IMSH in the past as the conference provides the opportunity for our medical computing team to meet with attendees and exhibitors who are in need of medical simulation software, visualization tools, and more.

You can register to attend IMSH here

Kitware’s Activities and Involvement

Kitware is looking forward to exhibiting at IMSH this year. We will be showcasing two of our medical platforms at our booth, the Pulse Physiology Engine and iMSTK. Pulse is a comprehensive human physiology simulator that enables accurate and consistent physiology simulation across the medical community. The engine can be used as a standalone application or integrated with simulators, sensor interfaces, and models of all fidelities. Our team is working to advance the engine and explore new avenues of research, such as pediatrics, patient-specific modeling, and virtual surgery planning/rehearsal. iMSTK, or the Interactive Medical Simulation Toolkit, aids rapid prototyping of interactive multi-modal surgical simulations. You can visit us at booth #714 to see demonstrations of these platforms. 

In addition to exhibiting, we are proud to share that Kitware also had a paper accepted. “Recent Improvements to Hemorrhage Modeling in Full-Body Physiology Simulation” written by Rachel Clipp, Ph.D., Aaron Bray, and Jeffrey B. Webb, M.S. evaluates the accuracy of hemorrhage model results. The paper objectively compares Pulse to BioGears, HumMod, and Muse physiology engines and validation data found in literature for an objective evaluation of the simulation technologies (Figs. 1-3). Our analysis reveals that the latest open source hemorrhage model in Pulse favorably compares to the results produced by the other physiology engines and meets validation better than both HumMod and BioGears. The paper will be presented on Tuesday, January 18 at 4 PM in room 409B.

Osteotomy Surgery Trainer Demo

We will also be giving a presentation as part of the SimVentors Showcase: Novel Simulation Platforms and Devices. High-fidelity Trainer for Orthognathic Surgery will be presented by Harald Scheirich on Sunday, January 16, 4:50 PM in Petree Hall. The presentation will address the challenges of training Oral and Maxillofacial (OMF) surgeons, who often have to gain surgical experience by directly operating on patients. Harald will introduce the Osteotomy Trainer that allows surgeons to acquire the difficult surgical skills associated with Sagittal Split Osteotomy (SSO) using a virtual patient. This virtual trainer includes a physics simulation engine to create high-fidelity haptic feedback, a saw/bone interaction algorithm that can render the experience of performing osteotomies, and a framework that measures surgical skills progression.

Introducing SimPulse

SimPulse Virtual Patient

Kitware and KbPort recently announced the launch of SimPulse, a virtual patient simulator with real-time physiologic and pharmacologic responses. The organizations partnered, combining Kitware’s Pulse Physiology Engine and KbPort’s simulated electronic medical record platform, SimEMR. SimPulse provides real-time physiological and pharmacological patient data required for clinical decision-making and documentation, making it a valuable application for medical training. SimPulse supports critical learning elements such as patient safety, medication administration, patient interactions, and patient vitals. Visit our booth at IMSH to see demos of SimPulse and speak with some of the developers. Learn more about SimPulse >

Online and Physical Event

Staples Center
Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Los Angeles, California
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