SG17USA Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Technological Hurdles We All Face

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"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Technological Hurdles We All Face"

Dr. Amar Patel

One may argue that CGI can be an important part of a film, a video, or even an educational session. So, what is CGI? Do you really understand how valuable things like CGI can be in simulation? Each day, new pieces of technology are introduced to enhance our experiences. Those of us that are innovators want nothing more than the opportunity to use it, while the laggards attempt to justify, analyze, and develop a value plan for adopting it. But, who is right? There are countless technological hurdles for all involved, and it takes an innovator working with laggards to truly understand what we can and should use today. Utilizing technology in simulation creates a distinct and yet complex environment. Understanding the unique nature of technology and what is available to us will only help push more laggards into innovators. To take our programs to the next level, we must explore the latest technological advances available to us today and where they can bring us tomorrow. Let’s see what the future holds for us all in simulation!

About Amar Patel:

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Dr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based educational programs to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and online learning applications. With over 20 years of experience in the fire and EMS services, disaster medicine, and critical care transport as a firefighter, a paramedic, a researcher, and an educator, Amar’s passion for improving quality and patient safety is seen in his work through process improvements and engagements across the organization.

Amar has served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Amar has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit.

Amar is currently involved in simulation-based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation and how process changes affect the healthcare delivery model. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and textbook chapters on education return on investment, administration, sustainability, just-in-time training, and simulation center design, and is an internationally recognized thought leader on simulation-based education and ROI.

Dr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master's of Science in Emergency Health Services Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

Learn more about the WakeMed Simulation Center here