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VA Rolling Out Patient Simulation Nationally

June 12, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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The Department of Veterns of Affairs (VA) has awarded a contract to the Chadds Ford, Penn.-based Decision Simulation, a vendor that creates patient simulation solutions, to license the technology across an enterprise level. Already having used the Decision Simulation’s DecisionSim software for 43,000 VHA employees, the new license extends the technology to more than 300,000 employees from all VA agencies, including the VHA and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).

The enterprise license of DecisionSim platform is a part of the VA’sr SimLearn (Simulation, Learning, Education and Research Network) program, which aims to further the advancement of simulation training and education. The newly awarded contract includes one base year and up to four option years. If all options are exercised, the total contract award will exceed $10 million.

“The VA was a pioneer in the development and adoption of EHRs and is now is at the forefront of using simulation to enhance the clinical decision-making skills of its healthcare providers to improve patient safety and outcomes,” James B. McGee, M.D., chair of the scientific advisory board at Decision Simulation, said in a statement. “Through this expanded program, the VA will be able to address national, regional and local training needs across their network of providers.”

For more on the potential benefits of patient simulation, check out HCI Associate Editor Gabriel Perna’s two-part interview with McGee. Part 1 and Part 2

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