UNMC iEXCEL

UNMC iEXCEL Transforms Health Care Education

The Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL) is a bold, visionary initiative at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) designed to transform health care education.

Through iEXCEL, learners acquire knowledge, and experience hands-on training in a wide range of realistic but simulated healthcare environments. Using a wide range of simulation technologies they can practise and become proficient in procedural and professional skills before encountering real-life patient care situations.
The majority of simulation centers in healthcare are uni-disciplinary, but the iEXCEL center accommodates all healthcare disciplines including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and allied and public health, so learners can work together from the very beginning of training. Specialized training to become proficient in their individual professions is still very necessary, but there is also the importance of effective interprofessional collaboration and team functioning to consider.
Opening early in 2018, a new five-level, 192,000 sq.ft. building, the Davis Global Center will become home to iEXCEL. AVI-SPL was selected as the technology integrator for the project. We spoke with Bill Schmidt, AVI-SPL Sales Director and Visualization Advocate, and Dr. Pamela Boyers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Simulation, iEXCEL.

 

The Goal

While the overall mission of iEXCEL has everything to do with enhancing the outcomes of training and patient care, an important aspect of the vision is to provide digital learning experiences that encourage students to interact, engage in critical thinking and be guided through competency based learning experiences.
“We are changing the paradigm of how we teach,” says Boyers, “When providing care it is necessary to be very active and engaged with patients and their families. Beyond conducting procedural skills, you must have excellent critical thinking and communication skills and work well in teams. It is very hard to learn this range of skills from books, lectures and PowerPoints.”
We want to provide highly engaging learning experiences that better suit the way the learners of today absorb and apply information
At the beginning of the project, the University asked a series of questions:
• What technologies are emerging that will stimulate new ways of learning, teaching and conducting research?
• How can we bring learning alive and truly immerse and engage students in the learning experience?
• What lessons can be learned from other High Reliability Organizations (HROs) – especially those that have adopted visualization and simulation technology to improve outcomes?
iEXCEL’s goal is to continuously learn from other HRO’s and apply valuable lessons learned to health care training. One of the initiatives of the center is to accelerate the adoption of modeling and simulation in health care education.

iEXCEL’s Remote Learning Mission

A key component of the vision for iEXCEL is to fulfill a state-wide educational mission. Within the state of Nebraska, there are many rural and underserved communities, and iEXCEL desires to serve these remote communities
and offer the same standard of training and technology across the state. “It is really important to ensure that one healthcare center in the state does not have all the technology advantages, so the ability to share is paramount,” says Schmidt.

The Solution

A 12 panel MultiTaction iWall was installed in Omaha at the iEXCEL center, and the first remote learning project is complete with the installation of an iWall 450 miles away, in Scottsbluff.
Nurses and Dental Hygienists at the Scottsbluff satellite campus can now connect in real time with Omaha via the iWall collaboration software, MT Canvus and Connect.
There is a server at each iWall location, and a third server to run Canvus Connect. Schmidt explains, “The bandwidth required for one iWall running Canvus to talk to a second iWall running Canvus is very low, yet it provides a great deal of functionality.”
iEXCEL plans for iWalls at several other sites in the State of Nebraska, with upcoming installations planned for Lincoln, and then Kearney. “With this network of iWalls, the students and faculty will be able to collaborate easily and in real-time across distance,” says Schmidt.

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UNMC iEXCEL


iEXCEL plans for iWalls at several other sites in the State of Nebraska, with upcoming installations planned for Lincoln, and then Kearney. “With this network of iWalls, the students and faculty will be able to collaborate easily and in real-time across distance,” says Schmidt.


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