PCS Mini-Grant FAQs

Top 7 Frequently Asked Questions about the VR in Simulation PCS Mini-Grant.

VERA is now PCS Spark

When we originally launched VERA a short 10 months ago, we did so with a few patient cases and only one avatar, who we colloquially referred to as VERA. Since then, the team has been hard at work adding a diverse range of avatars that now includes a range of ethnicities, ages, and genders!  As…

PCS Mini-Grant Opportunity

PCS is announcing a mini-grant opportunity for innovative simulation programs with a passion for cutting-technology (AI and Virtual Reality) and an aspiration to elevated their clinical interview training opportunities.

Building Believable Personas for Digital Patients

Virtual Patients are experiencing a second renaissance. Conceptualized in the 1970s the virtual patient as a ‘human-replicant’ was closer to science fiction than reality, but what became attainable in the 90s and early 2000s was clickable multimedia experiences with various levels of interactivity (think the menu-driven, static screen patient). Not quite the ‘digital human’ that…

The Story of ALEX: You

We kicked off the start of September by sharing the story of PCS Spark and how we envision its impact on learners. As we move into the start of Healthcare Simulation week we wanted to also highlight our appreciation of the ALEX community. When it came to brainstorming ideas of the story of ALEX and…

Introducing Subsimulators for PCS Spark; An Easier way to Manage Multiple Classes

With the expanding use of PCS Spark within universities’ multiple programs and classes, Spark faculty users needed a better way to manage their classes’ use of Spark and which patient cases were being made available to their learners.  Introducing Subsimulators! With subsimulators you can create as many separate virtual simulators as you need for different…

PCS Spark Understands Even More

With our latest update to the PCS Communication engine, PCS Spark and ALEX can now understand you even better thanks to our enhanced contextual understanding.  Dealing with context is one of the more difficult things a Speech AI will need to do throughout a conversation. In previous versions of the PCS Engine, each question was…

PCS Spark Latest Update adds Labs/Orders

One of the most requested features that we hear from users of PCS Spark and ALEX is the ability for learners to order labs and imaging for their patient. Over the past couple of months our development team has been hard at work to make this feature request a reality. This morning we released our…

The 3 Key Benefits of PCS Spark

Universities across the U.S. are turning to PCS Spark for clinical interview training as campuses shift to include online learning alternatives. When asked why, here are the three key reasons these institutions cite: 1. Artificial Intelligence with Natural Language Processing PCS Spark is built on the PCS Communication Engine which is able to understand over…

Incase you missed this key piece of information at IMSH 2020

It was standing room only. The room had about 100 chairs; people continued to trickle in after the session had started, finding room along the back wall and up the sides. They’d come to better understand the topic: artificial intelligence, even more specifically how AI is impacting the field of patient simulation.  One point we…

How to turn a shirt into a simulator

At first glance PCS Plus may resemble just a shirt bundled with a few odds and ends. But when combined with a manikin, a patient simulator is born. Any manikin will do. Use a patient care trainer for basic physiological assessment and long-term care. A CPR trainer for that cardiac arrest scenario. The possibilities are…

Make your SP encounters better with this one simple trick

Earlier this week we introduced PCS Plus, the wearable simulator for humans and manikins. Today I’d like to dive a little deeper on what you can expect when you pair PCS Plus with a human. To put it simply: a lot. Bring physical findings to your SP encounters with our dynamic physiology. Is your standardized…