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Does Your Healthcare Facility Need VR Medical Simulation Technology? Does Your Healthcare Facility Need VR Medical Simulation Technology?

Let’s explore what VR simulation can and can’t do in the healthcare training field

Virtual reality (VR) is one of many emerging technologies that’s transforming the healthcare education field. VR technology is one method through which medical simulation scenarios can be delivered to physician, nursing, and PA students during their training programs.

During a VR medical simulation scenario, headsets provide a dynamic, 3D view of simulated patients and structures, and students use hand controls to interact with the scenarios. Sophisticated software is used to design the scenarios, and virtual patients respond realistically to students’ decisions for care and treatment. 

Virtual reality technology is glamorous and enthralling, and many educators are excited by the possibilities VR solutions could bring to medical training programs in Miami, FL and worldwide.

However, before you decide to invest in VR solutions for your facility, take the time to consider: when is virtual reality the right solution? When is it not? Let’s explore these questions in further depth.

3 Critical Ways Managed Services Improve Your Company’s AV Infrastructure 3 Critical Ways Managed Services Improve Your Company’s AV Infrastructure

Understand How Managed Services Companies Advance Your Company’s Efficiency

Managed services are increasingly common in the business world. From payroll processing to outsourced IT support, companies are taking advantage of the expertise and efficiency of external organizations to provide essential services while focusing on building infrastructure that’s core to the business.

With today's rapid technological change, organizations are taking a closer look at technology investments and the support staff needed to deploy them. While many organizations have migrated to utilizing managed services for a wide range of IT technology needs, only recently have they looked at using a managed model for audio-visual and communication infrastructure like conference rooms, meeting spaces, digital signage, video walls, and other applications.

In this post, we want to explore three critical areas where AV infrastructure managed services companies can add value to a company, whether here in Phoenix, AZ, or globally. Keep reading below for more!

Using Virtual Medical Simulation for Communication Training Using Virtual Medical Simulation for Communication Training

Virtual simulations support practical training to improve patient-provider interactions

Good patient-provider communication is a core component of delivering high-quality patient care. But sometimes, training programs to improve medical students’ interpersonal communication skills aren’t effective. Facilities often use standardized patients — actors or other students engaging in role-playing as actual patients — for training purposes. However, med students may find it difficult to suspend disbelief or take a role-playing scenario seriously.

Virtual medical simulations have emerged into this landscape as an effective tool to improve patient communication skills. AI-powered virtual standardized patients can adopt distinct personalities, attitudes, medical histories, health conditions, and symptoms to deliver immersive simulated experiences that model real-life patient-provider interactions.

Keep reading to learn how online simulation programs with virtual standardized patients can help medical students in New York City, NY, and worldwide practice and improve vital communication skills.

What Does a Good Managed Services Contract Look Like? What Does a Good Managed Services Contract Look Like?

A clearly defined technology services agreement creates enormous value for both parties in the contract

In recent years, business IT leaders in enterprise organizations have sought to increase agility, improve technology utilization, and access greater skillsets and specialized resources by outsourcing AV system project management, deployment, operation, and monitoring to highly skilled managed services providers.

Of course, one of the most challenging hurdles of transferring day-to-day AV operations and oversight to a third party is the perception of giving up control over vital technology assets. An ironclad contract that sets expectations, defines service levels, and outlines penalties for services unmet is a critical component of the partnership mentality that an IT managed services agreement relies on.

At Level 3 Audiovisual, we lay the groundwork for a long-term relationship with a service contract that can scale from your business needs in Tempe, AZ to your worldwide operations. Keep reading to learn four elements that make up an effective managed services contract for AV and information technology infrastructure.

What Is One of the Most Overlooked Benefits of Managed Services? What Is One of the Most Overlooked Benefits of Managed Services?

24/7 monitoring and management help prevent system downtime and costly service visits

Imagine you’re chatting with a friend on Zoom video, and the call cuts out. That’s a shame, but there’s no real harm done — you can reschedule the video call or finish your conversation over text message. Now imagine you’re giving an important presentation in the boardroom with business partners from across the U.S. participating remotely...and the connection cuts out. The consequences are far more high-stakes in this situation.

Outages and system downtime can result in catastrophic financial costs to your business. The time and productivity lost while restoring AV systems cuts into your bottom line. And it’s not just your time and productivity — your business partners suffer too, which can impact your relationship with them.

Outsourcing your AV systems monitoring and management to an experienced managed services provider can prevent costly system outages, downtime, and service calls. Keep reading to explore this crucial component of managed services for your business in Scottsdale, AZ, or anywhere in the world.

Considering Digital Signage Solutions? Here are 4 Things to Know. Considering Digital Signage Solutions? Here are 4 Things to Know.

The More You Know, The Better Your Solution Will Be

By its very name, digital signage is something you instinctively know. The colossal marquee video walls in New York's Times Square with everything from headlines to video are digital signage. Starbucks has gone to digital menu boards at many locations, letting them easily promote different options appropriate to the time of day. But behind the scenes, the right systems, processes, and practices need to be in place for a successful digital signage implementation.

As an expert in all things AV in the commercial space, our team at Level 3 Audiovisual has years of experience with digital signage solutions, including video walls for mission-critical applications. Whether you are considering a video wall for a monitoring or educational solution or signage for wayfinding, we can help you navigate the options and design, build, install, and maintain the right solution. So, what are the things you need to know for your Phoenix, AZ digital signage project? Please keep reading below.

Incorporate Online Simulations into Your Healthcare Curriculum Incorporate Online Simulations into Your Healthcare Curriculum

Leverage the use of virtual medical simulations to offer students more learning opportunities

Although the coronavirus pandemic is finally loosening its grip on the U.S., a number of the innovative tools, strategies, and practices we employed during pandemic times are here to stay. When the world was in lockdown for over a year, healthcare educators raced to find ways to deliver effective online learning to medical, nursing, and other healthcare students.

One solution that emerged and grew rapidly was online healthcare simulations. Like in-person medical simulations, online simulations provide healthcare students with an interactive, engaging environment to practice clinical and decision-making skills. Sophisticated, web-based platforms allow students to assess virtual patients and take actions like prescribing medications, ordering labs and imaging studies, and making care decisions.

Even as students return to classrooms, online educational tools will remain a vital part of the curriculum. Medical training programs and facilities will need to provide an integrated approach to meet the needs of all students.

Keep reading to learn several advantages of bringing online simulation learning to your Houston, TX, or U.S.-based facility. Then use the resources we’ve provided to help you find the right platform for your educational goals.

AV as a Service: What Is It? And What Can It Do for Your Company? AV as a Service: What Is It? And What Can It Do for Your Company?

4 Ways Turning AV into a Service Helps Your Company

What is AV as a Service, or AVaaS? AVaaS is turning the purchase and maintenance of a company's AV infrastructure into an expense item. Many corporations have sold corporate headquarters buildings and turned around and leased them back in long-term arrangements. Why? In many cases, highly valuable real estate generated large returns, but they didn't reflect in the company's valuation. They turned that investment into cash that could be reinvested in the company's products and services that are the core drivers of the business.

You could think about your company’s AV infrastructure the same way. Is your investment in video conferencing equipment and software, control systems, displays, digital signage, and other assets something that adds to your company's business value? Most likely not, as these investments depreciate over time and become obsolete in a few years as technology advances. This generates depreciation expenses, and while there may be tax benefits, there are also real cash outlays for maintenance and staffing to support these systems.

AVaaS is a way for a company to outsource AV and consume it as a service. With a predictable upfront startup cost and maintenance, a company can hire an expert AV integrator and avail itself of several advantages beyond the financial aspects, although it will also save money in the long run. Keep reading to see four ways AVaaS can help your company in Tempe, AZ, or anywhere in the world...

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