End of May, Orzone premiered with the worlds most realistic and comprehensive training environment: Orcamp – during the EuroPCR congress in Paris. Based on a curriculum developed in partnership with Prof. Jean Marco/EuroPCR and Dr. John Edmond/Bristol Heart Institute, participating Cardiologists and nurses were given the opportunity to practice an Acute Coronary Syndrome case.
The procedure was performed in the realistic hybrid training operating room Orcamp, produced by Orzone, and was done on a virtual reality representation of a real patient, programmed by Mentice. The curriculum was firmly based on current clinical guidelines and included a didactic component prior to performing diagnostic angiography and angioplasty on the virtual patient. Distinguished proctors came from the EuroPCR faculty, and the trainee sessions for the whole EuroPCR week filled quickly at the beginning of the conference.
A Face Validity study was completed and preliminary results have been analyzed by Prof. Anthony Gallagher, Belfast and showed a very positive result. The overall assessment of ‘Global Realism’ of the new hybrid simulator, Orcamp, was assessed by the cardiologists as 96% in terms of how it looked and behave in comparison to an actual Cath. Lab. The operating room will now tour Europe and similar training sessions will be offered at the Interventional Radiology meeting CIRSE beginning of October. One operating room will be installed at Imperial College in London this summer.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London and Swedish company Orzone in collaboration to develop a unique medical simulation product to improve medical outcome and patient safety. Orzone announces its first Orcamp customer, Imperial College in London, one of the leading universities in the world. The parties have entered a long-term partnership to jointly develop content and functionality for a team training operating environment called Orcamp. Focusing on advanced medical procedures, Orcamp will facilitate training and assessment of multi-professional operating teams. Features include full-scale OR equipment such as x-ray equipment, patient table and screens, integration with available patient simulators, built-in technical and team exercises and extensive assessment support according to validated rating scales. Since the x-ray is simulated and the patients are virtual, no radiation is emitted and no patients are hurt while the medical teams are trained.
Vascular Surgery Professor Nick Cheshire, Head of Circulation and Renal Sciences at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, remarks: “Orzone is an impressive group of people with great ideas on how to improve patient safety and procedural efficacy. I am truly looking forward to entering into this collaboration and validating the concepts proposed.”
The partnership will include an installation of Orcamp in Imperial College’s skills centre, located at St. Mary’s hospital in central London. Research activities as well as scheduled courses are planned for the second half of 2010.
“With its impressive research track record within medical simulation, Imperial College was our first choice as a research partner. We expect exceptional results from our joint projects” quotes Professor Lars Lönn, Clinical Director at Orzone.
About Imperial College London
Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 14,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality.
Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture. Since its foundation in 1907, Imperial's contributions to society have included the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. This commitment to the application of research for the benefit of all continues today, with current focuses including interdisciplinary collaborations to improve health in the UK and globally, tackle climate change and develop clean and sustainable sources of energy.
European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and Swedish company Orzone in collaboration to harmonize training of European medical doctors. Orzone and UEMS share the vision of improving healthcare quality through the harmonisation of training and education in Europe. For this purpose a collaboration has been established for developing a comprehensive electronic platform to support medical training, assessment and continuous professional development. The strategic direction for the establishment and the primary focus of this initiative is to extensively improve the education and training of European medical doctors, improving medical outcome and patient safety.
"This is a major step forward for the UEMS. As an organization we promote the best possible standards of harmonized specialist training, continuing medical education (CME) and professional development (CPD), as well as quality assurance of specialist medical practice. By doing so, the UEMS is committed and serves to encourage decision-makers as well as healthcare professionals to ensure appropriate mechanisms for safe specialist medical care across Europe," quotes Dr. Zlatko Fras.
About The European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
The UEMS represents national associations of medical specialists from all the 27 European Union member states and its associated countries. UEMS has a current membership of 35 countries and are operating through its 38 Specialist Sections and European Boards.
"The UEMS has been active since 1958 helping in assuring the highest quality of medical practice are applied throughout Europe for the benefit of European citizens," quotes Dr. Bernard Maillet.
Orzone AB is a medical simulation company based in Goteborg (SE) with focus on patient safety. Orzone is committed to help improve medical outcome by developing creative tools, based on virtual reality, e-health and advanced simulation technology. The tools facilitate structured proficiency based training and assessment of medical skills.
The electronic platform, developed in collaboration with UEMS, can be used for training, assessment and continuous professional development. It will log and track progression (knowledge, skills and professionalism) of each trainee/specialist. The trainee and trainer will be able to check how well the trainee fulfils the curriculum requirements.
There is a strong focus to build a system which helps trainees, trainers, program directors and accreditation bodies in their daily practice. The exact structure and content will vary between the different Specialties and therefore Orzone will work closely together with each medical specialty.
"Team members of Orzone have been involved in scientifically groundbreaking projects relating to medical skills training during the last decade. Together with the UEMS, we are proud to bring training and assessment to the next level through this unique project. I believe our collaboration will enable pioneering results within the healthcare sector as we are taking steps towards improving patient safety." quotes Petra Apell.
On December 1st Orzone attended The 6th Öresund Symposium at Lund University Hospital in Sweden. The aim of the symposium was to describe skills centres as test-, research- and development centres.
Orzone's participation contributed with representation of the latest technology in team training and virtual reality simulation.
The symposium was hosted by Practicum, Clinical Skills Center at Lund University Hospital. And Co-organisers was Danish Institute of Medical Simulation at Herlev Hospital, Rigshospitalet Copenhagen University Hospital and Centre for Medical Simulation at Malmö University Hospital.