Medical Simulation Research - Tools for simulation in health care

Whether your objective is to answer a research question, provide high quality medical education, or assess team performance in an emergency situation, Noldus software and integrated systems will provide high quality results and videos for training sessions. With Noldus solutions, you will gain the insight you need in processes, human performance, and communication.

Your lab

Noldus helps you design the perfect training and simulation facility, each of which are customized according to the specific needs of the researchers. Two Noldus products, Viso and The Observer XT, are at the core of your lab.

Medical simulation software

Viso® is the user-friendly software suite for audio and video recording, annotation, and debriefing. Video feedback is the key to objectively assess performance, particularly during training sessions. Videos, including markers and comments, can be viewed both in real-time and after a session, from any location, allowing you to set up a debriefing session wherever you want.

Research and analysis software

The Observer® XT is the most powerful software tool for behavioral observation and video analysis. Used by over 20,000 professionals all over the world, The Observer XT allows you to easily

  • Integrate and synchronize video, audio, and simulator data
  • Assess performance and communication live or from video
  • Analyze doctor-patient interaction
  • Calculate statistics
  • Give valuable feedback by presenting your results in video highlight clips

Medical simulation
With The Observer XT, researchers can code behaviors, but, they can also use it for data integration and synchronization of video, audio, and simulator data. 
Medical simulation
A simulated OR can provide a secure environment for training and evaluation: protocols or high-tech tools can be tested and scenarios can be simulated.

Combining Viso and The Observer XT

Interested in furthering your research? Benefit from the combination of Viso and The Observer XT. Markers, remarks, videos, and audio can easily be imported into The Observer XT for more detailed analysis, visualization, and presentation. In this way you can turn qualitative data into quantitative results.

Extending your lab

A combination of physiological and behavioral data can provide you with essential information that will help you to further understand and explain your participants’ behaviors. A variety of additional data such as information from movement sensors, physiological data, eye tracking data, and more can easily be integrated into your custom Noldus solution. With Viso at the core to centralize recordings, and The Observer XT providing an additional level of data synchronization and analysis that cannot be beaten, Noldus provides our clients with the most current technologies for medical simulation and debriefing.

Eye tracking

Certain questions require knowing where the subject is looking, in order to fully answer. How often is the nurse checking the patient’s files during rounds: Is the doctor gazing at the patient while asking open questions regarding his physical state? These are just two examples of how adding an eye tracker to a medical simulation lab can substantially increase the power of data collected. This advanced technology measures visual attention, cognitive state, and workload.

Spatial behavior analysis

Where do staff go once they enter a room? How direct are they in the route chosen? How much time does a nurse spend at the hand-washing station, or near the patient’s bed? TrackLabTM software will answer these questions by analyzing spatial behavior. TrackLab software will automatically track staff members when they carry out activities in the rooms, via a simple transponder.

Practising technics, communication skills, and teamwork during a simulation of childbirth. The TrackLab software automatically tracks the staff members. Data from TrackLab, physiological measurement systems, and Media Recorder e.g. can easily be integrated in The Observer XT.

Physiological measurements

Measuring and adding physiological responses to observed behavior opens a whole new view into the trainee. For example, Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) can be measured as an additional data point when placed in a potentially stressful situation. The recorded physiological responses can be linked to cognitive load, and will also need to be in sync with video and audio. Using the Observer XT, all data streams can be recorded synchronously, and viewed in sync afterwards to quickly evaluate the data.

Example labs

View some of the labs we helped building in the last five years, to get an example of the possibilities:

Consulting services

With Noldus’ experts, gain insight in team performance, usability, communication, and more. Our consultants can help at each point in the project, and pinpoint the proper solution for you. This can mean training and educating your team of experts, or carrying out the entire project (including data acquisition and analysis), and providing results quickly with minimal investment on your side. At each stage of the project Noldus’ experts are ready to advise and assist.

Interesting publications

Diverse scientific articles citing Noldus products are published in renowned journals each week. The following list is only a small selection of scientific publications relevant to the research field of medical simulation.

Would you like to read more? Check out the Behavioral Research Blog with blog posts about medical simulation software, doctor-patient interaction, and observing behavior in operating rooms.