WHAT DRIVES US: the founders
It’s simple really - we care about people.
We’re nurses. We’re educators. We helped shape the paradigm in education as technology was integrated. But over time, we’ve seen the natural attraction to the speed and efficiency technology provides overshadow the equally important human communication.
In training, as well as in practice, effective interpersonal communication should be an equal partner with the latest technologies to provide the best treatment and care.
A look, a tone of voice, a facial expression, a touch - all can communicate competence and caring. Interpersonal communication is critical to establishing the trust necessary between the provider and recipient of care in the healthcare environment.
Increasing the use of standardized participants in clinical simulations can provide high-fidelity clinical simulations and human interaction.
Clinical simulation scenarios with standardized participants provide some of the most realistic opportunities possible: the ability to look at the patient, speak to the patient, hear the patient, observe the patient’s non-verbal responses, to be heard and seen by the patient.
We believe the skills necessary for effective interpersonal communication can be learned through experience in a clinical simulation with standardized participants.
But, the clinical realism of standardized participants needed to be enhanced, providing us with a new frontier in simulation advancement.
“If not us, who? If not now, when?” United States Pres. John F. Kennedy
We wished we had tools to better integrate clinical skills with interpersonal communication in a simulation setting. We also wished said tools were cost-effective, had a variety of uses, could be used alone or together and provided measurable outcomes supporting clear competency goals. So, we took action. We designed the product line ReaLifeSim: multiple cost-effective, interactive and integrated devices registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Lab and field testing was completed in fall of 2016 with sales starting March 2017.
We are committed to improving provider-patient outcomes by re-introducing interpersonal communication into the competency measurement. Our cost effective, reusable healthcare education simulation devices will enhance the functional use of existing resources, improve methods to teach and evaluate clinical competencies in students and professionals, promote creation of new programs, and fortify the sustainability of existing programs.