Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety Endowed Chairs

Dr. John Schaefer

Lewis Blackman Endowed Chair in Patient Simulation and Research

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

 

Dr. Jihad Obeid

SmartState Endowed Chair in Biomedical Informatics

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)


Dr. Rita Snyder

SmartState Endowed CHair for Health Informatics Quality and Safety Evaluation

University of South Carolina

 

The Center for Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety is
funded by Health Sciences South
Carolina, a statewide biomedical
collaborative consisting of Clemson
University, the Medical University, the
University of South Carolina,
Greenville Hospital System, Palmetto
Health, and Spartanburg Regional
Healthcare System. More>

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Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety

Center of Economic Excellence

Inception

2006

Award Amount

$5 million

Extramural Research Funding

$5.7 million

University Partners

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
University of South Carolina

Private Sector Partner

Health Sciences South Carolina

This SmartState Center is transforming the clinical education of medical, nursingm and allied health students through the use of human simulation technology and innovative software-driven training scenarios. The ultimate goals are to improve the quality and safety of patient care, advance new evidence-based methods of training of the healthcare workforce, and become an international focal point for health sciences research in education and safety.

In February 2006, Dr. John Schaefer was recruited as a SmartState Endowed Chair with the goal of establishing a statewide network of collaborating simulation centers. Now called Healthcare Simulation South Carolina, this sophisticated network includes ten partners:

  • Clemson University College of Nursing
  • Greenville Hospital System
  • Greenville Technical College
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina (USC) College of Nursing
  • USC Aiken
  • USC Beaufort College of Nursing
  • USC Upstate

Since 2008, the Simulation Center network has provided more than 60,000 student encounters. More than 60 active courses have been created and are in use throughout South Carolina. Data captured from the training simulations are helping Dr. Schaefer and his research team identify the most effective, evidence-based ways to provide clinical training to physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, and in the process, to develop new curricula.

The Center’s revolutionary human simulation curricula have been successfully commercialized. Dr. Schaefer co-founded SimTunes, LLC, a spinoff company to develop simulation educational technology. In 2010, SimTunes sublicensed its educational products and technology to Laerdal Medical, a Norway-based medical simulation products company. Laerdal markets SimTunes’ more than 84 educational scenario sets and 600 individual scenarios worldwide.

Through the work of Dr. Jihad Obeid, the Center also is developing a statewide informatics infrastructure to support and promote clinical research and ultimately patient care.