Happy Mother’s Day: Mother and Daughter Avatars Join PCS Spark

Who remembers the keynote speaker Regina Holliday from IMSH 2017? Maybe a better question to jog your memory: who remembers openly weeping in front of 2,600+ healthcare simulation peers in an auditorium in Orlando? The conference theme was Patients: The Heart of Simulation. Mrs. Holliday delivered an incredibly inspirational and moving keynote about her husband’s…

Product Trial or Test Prep?

When sim tech vendors offer something for free, it’s because they have enough confidence that if you try it, you’ll buy it. We sim vendors want you simulationists, ranging from operations technologists to center directors, to sign up and give it a go! We even expect the competition to sign up for a bit of…

TeamSpace Brings Multiplayer to PCS Spark

One of the most common requests we hear from PCS Spark users was for multiplayer support. Allowing learners to collaborate with each other during a simulation session is something that happens naturally during in-person learning but has been harder to achieve in remote learning with digital patients.  With TeamSpace we’ve worked to create a multiplayer…

HEERF II Deadline! Get Distance Learning Funding for your Sim Center

With the signing of the American Rescue Plan an additional $40 billion dollars has been earmarked to help colleges operate safely and provide assistance to students to help them complete their studies. With this new round of funding it’s important to not forget that the deadline to apply for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund…

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…