Standardized patient labs, also known as simulated patient labs or simply SPs, are an important tool for training medical and nursing students. Simulated patient labs employ outside individuals to act as medical patients in a wide variety of settings. Nursing and medical students acquire hands-on training when interacting with SPs, including patient diagnosis, physical examination, history taking, and patient management.
Using digital video to record standardized patient labs offers a new high-tech approach to improve the process. Video allows students to review their SP session, building confidence while identifying areas in need of improvement. Video lets aspiring students use technology to sharpen their professional skills and develop a greater understanding of the practitioner-patient relationship.
Valt by IVS is a powerful and inexpensive recording solution for students and instructors conducting standardized patient labs. The Valt system can simultaneously support dozens of cameras and microphones, ensuring during video review of an SP session nothing is missed. Valt can also live-stream, allowing instructors to remotely observe their students during their simulated patient labs.
Valt is an extremely unobtrusive video installation — students are hardly aware that they are being observed. Valt uses a central server to process and store all video content, meaning all that is required in the rooms are HD IP cameras, which are paired with high-quality auto-gaining microphones.
The cameras can be easily adjusted to record any viewing angle and can be both fixed or moveable. Video can be started and stopped instantly from within the room itself, or by a remote observer.
To review recorded simulated patient labs, Instructors and students require nothing more than a simple Internet browser, such as Firefox or Chrome. A standard Valt installation holds storage space for around 16,000 hours of high-def video, though larger installs are available if needed. Each session is tagged with metadata, making it easy to look up individual video sessions. The vast storage space allows you to build a vast library of simulated patient lab recordings.
Video for recording standardized patient labs is rendered in standard .mp4 format and uses h.264 compression, minimizing demands on the network and ensuring recorded video is immediately available for viewing, with no lag time due to rendering.
The Valt video software supports a ‘talk-back’ feature, which lets remote observers talk in real-time during the SPs to the students. ‘Talk-back’ is a powerful tool to correct or reinforce students’ interactions with the simulated patient, while the behaviors are still fresh in the students’ minds.
Our Beam mobile capture application records video sessions remotely, using a only a smartphone or tablet. Once you return the application automatically syncs the video with the main Valt server.
IVS can provide a complete turnkey solution that can be implemented by any internal IT department or by a third-party integrator. IVS works closely with every customer to ensure a successful installation of the Valt digital video system. Contact us at IVS to schedule a product demonstration or to request a quote.