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Orlando Is the Theme Park Capital of the World and the Next Silicon Valley

Businesses are leaving Silicon Valley and looking for other cities to build their empires. Why you may ask? Silicon Valley is located in Southern California where the living expenses are incredibly high. The average median rent for a two-bedroom apartment according to Forbes is $3,080. This can mean expensive overhead for those with business offices. According to Forbes, California has an 8.84% corporate tax, which is one of the highest in the United States. Many companies have already started to go elsewhere, including big name companies. In the last year, Tesla has opened a new factory in Reno, Nevada and Google has opened a new campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It seems that Silicon Valley has started to lose its’ allure and many tech companies are looking for the next big tech hub.

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We visited IMSH 2019!

Once again, we attended the IMSH conference - this year held in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. There were some bitterly cold winds at night, however, the sun was shining and most companies expressed their opinion that the event was better attended than ever, with almost 4000 attendees!

There were a lot of new products to review and some great Keynote speakers. Of particular interest was the Lou Oberndorf plenary speech - given by Sir Ken Robinson who is well known for his views on education. He spoke about his work within education and the needs to keep children playing, as play expands the imagination. “Creativity is applied imagination” and Sir Ken urged us to keep creativity in our training. A lesson that will be reflected in our workplace.

We also got to hear from Tali Sharot, a professor of cognitive neuroscience; Joel Selanikio, recipient of multiple awards for his work in healthcare technology; and Michael Tschanz, director of technology and analysis at Walt Disney World. Each of these speakers shared their insight on how upcoming technology will benefit the future of medical simulation, education, and training.

One of the major themes was the adoption of both Augmented and virtual reality at this year's event. VR is used in many areas of healthcare which range from diagnosis, treatment, surgery, rehab, and training the next generation of healthcare practitioners. The power of AR allows the user to see important information while either training or performing without detaching themselves from the critical task at hand. There were many new products displayed by top companies in the Med Sim field. CAE revealed Lucina, a manikin that assists in training for all the stages of labor and delivery. Gaumard showcased Obstetric MR for Victoria, a Mixed Reality simulation experience. Laerdal brought many different simulators to the convention and unveiled their Peer-to-Peer Skills Development in Nursing, a new educational solution. Limbs & Things launched new simulation products such as their Male Rectal Examination Trainer. Syndaver even displayed a synthetic horse and cat models for veterinary medical testing and training. The whole event was filled with amazing new simulations which left us excited for the future of healthcare simulation.

As always, IMSH was a lot of fun! It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to experience state of the art technology. Especially technology that will improve the future of healthcare training and in turn reduce patient mortality. See you next year in San Diego!

New Simulations from IMSH 2018

IMSH 2018 was held in Los Angeles earlier this year and had an amazing turnout. More than 3000 attendees from around the world were registered to attend. Medical Simulation Companies such as Laerdal, Gaumard, and Limbs & Things took advantage of the conference to show off some amazing new technology! Here are some of the most exciting innovations that we saw at IMSH. Read More…

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