Cardionics SimShirt wins Spark Design Award
Cardionics won a 2017 Spark Design Award for the Cardionics SimShirt, a garment worn by Standardized Patients (SP). The SimShirt simulates physiological conditions to teach healthcare and medical students and examines their diagnostic procedural skills relating to auscultation – the action of listening to sounds from the heart, lungs or other organs, typically with a stethoscope, as a part of a medical diagnosis.
A Standardized Patient (SP) is someone who has been trained to portray a patient in a medical situation in a consistent, standardized manner. Standardized Patients are extensively used in medical and nursing education to allow students and healthcare professionals to practice and improve their clinical and conversational skills in an actual patient encounter.
With the SimShirt, the SP wears 48 individual, 22 mm-diameter-sized radio frequency identification (RFID) sensors that are integrated into the tight-fitting shirt in anatomically correct locations – all of which combine to provide a more realistic learning experience when used with the Cardionics WiFi- enabled SimScope stethoscope. The Cardionics SimScope picks up signals from the individual RFID tags and delivers a specific sound file to the person wearing the stethoscope.
The Spark Awards are part of a competition created to promote great designs and talented designers. Spark Health is focused on health, well-being and medical-related designs.