From a long time, it was believed that healthcare studies cannot be conducted without the real-life patients & qualified trainers. It was simply beyond the imagination that any mannequin, online program or software platform would imitate the complex human body and provide a responsive simulation to facilitate learning. But the continuous advancement in technology & innovations in healthcare sector had changed the educational system to such extent that the chances of errors while operating on real life patients are now much less than that what it used to be. Advanced technologies like medical simulation have enabled the learner to practice complex surgical procedures without involving the real patient so that there would be much lesser errors while operating on the real-life patient.
Medical Simulation is an attempt at replicating reality. It tries to replicate some of the essential aspects of a clinical situation so that the situation may be more readily understood and managed when it occurs in clinical practice. It refers to the artificial representation of a complex real-world process with sufficient fidelity to achieve a particular goal, such as in training or performance testing.
With the healthcare delivery and services are undergoing dramatic changes due to the growing need to curtail healthcare costs, decreasing state supports, and rising market competition; there is rising need to study the impact of these changes well ahead. The rapidly evolving medical simulation market provides medical students, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with various simulation products and services to complement the replication of reality allowing exploration of possible changes, experiencing situations that otherwise will not be possible. At the same time, cutting edge web-based simulation, virtual worlds, and other innovative technologies are being introduced into the continuum of academic and professional learning. The major end-users such as hospitals, medical schools, military, emergency medical services, voluntary organizations, and other institutions in the private and public sectors allow their professionals to learn and rehearse an increasing list of procedures by using medical simulation products and services.
Patient simulator has a highest demand and are increasingly used in the education and training of healthcare professionals across the globe. Also, the task trainers have been traditionally used in the academic institutes to train students in anatomy and physiology during their clinical training. The adoption of medical simulators has been increased significantly among academic institutes in the recent years. For instance, University of Colorado Health, in accordance with the Centre for Advancing and Developing Education Through Simulation (CADETS) educates the staff, trainee’s and other allied healthcare providers through simulators. The advanced simulation techniques such as virtual patient simulation also have been widely accepted by medical universities. For instance, the educational giants like Harvard & MIT offer courses to train the faculties in simulation technologies through their affiliated Centre for Medical Simulation (CMS).
Healthcare education has consistently facing the challenge of shortage of trainers, which leads to unskilled and inexperienced future healthcare providers. It is expected that by the year 2020, there will be shortage of doctors in the U.S. by 91,000. There is also a concern about the shortage of doctors in the European countries like the U.K and Germany. In the U.K, though the number of doctors per 1000 person has increased over the decade; decline in foreign trained physicians are a matter of concern. While in France, there has been steep decline in number of physicians & it is expected to decline even further by 2020.
In this scenario, medical simulation technology is a great rescue as it enables the learners to develop the required skills without taking much time of the trainer, as medical simulators come with the responsive outcomes and procedural guides which enable the learner to avoid the errors in actual practices. Apart from this, rising awareness of patient safety, increasing medical errors, and education revolution are the major factors driving the adoption of various medical simulation products and services across the globe among the academic institutes.
Recently, Meticulous Research® published a comprehensive report on “The Global Medical Simulation Market Outlook- 2017-2022”. According to Meticulous Research® estimates, the global medical simulation market for academic institutes is projected to be valued at more than USD xx million by 2022.
The Medical Simulation Market study, published by Meticulous Research®, can be accessed at: Healthcare/Medical Simulation Market : Global Outlook & Forecast to 2022