BodyExplorer: Next-generation simulator training for providers

Joseph Samosky, PhD Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Director, Simulation and Medical Technology R&D Center

John O'Donnell, RN, CRNA, MSN, DRPH Professor Nursing
Department Chair, Nurse Anesthesia

Preventable medical error is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, with over 100,000 lives lost and total direct costs of over $29 billion per year. Simulation-based healthcare training has been proven effective in decreasing errors and improving actual clinical skills. The market for patient simulators is expected to rise to $612 million by 2017; but current simulators have significant drawbacks such as complex operation, high initial costs and resource requirements and lack of customizability. BodyExplorer is a next-generation simulation system for training healthcare providers that combines an intuitive user interface, augmented-reality visualization, and provide real-time feedback to enable on-demand 24/7 learning. This system will offer cost savings, enhanced access for trainees, and an enlarged market with new venues for simulation training. The goal is to develop a market-ready integrated system with completed end-user feedback and training.