January 31, 2012

SimView™—an Innovative Debriefing System for Healthcare Simulation Education—Launched by HealthStream and Laerdal Medical

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Through their collaborative arrangement, SimVentures, HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM), a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, and Laerdal Medical ("Laerdal"), a global leader in the provision of educational solutions for healthcare providers and educators, today announced the launch of SimView™. SimView enables users of advanced patient simulators to easily capture simulation video, audio, data logs, and "patient" responses, creating a powerful debriefing tool to optimize learning. SimView is being debuted in San Diego, California at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, which is being held January 27February 1, 2012.

"We are very happy to introduce our new debriefing system, SimView, to healthcare providers as they reap the added benefits of its integration with SimCenter, our comprehensive simulation management platform," said Tor Morten Osmundsen, Chief Executive Officer, Laerdal Medical. "Whether training one-on-one, in a group, or watching and learning from training sessions of others—both live and recorded, SimView provides everyone involved with an objective, data-rich way to get more from simulation-based training."

Debriefing is a critical part of simulation-based education, and it is made more effective with SimView, the next generation debriefing tool that was built from Laerdal's original Advanced Video System (AVS) product. The new debriefing system provides robust tools to accurately replay scenarios where students worked with patient simulators—showing what actually occurred, as opposed to perceptions of what occurred. SimView automatically integrates data from up to four video cameras, a microphone, and patient monitoring with the event log from the advanced patient simulator. Instructors can add comments to the log during a scenario and can easily manage the delivery, storage, and distribution of the debriefing files.

Some of the capabilities of SimView include:

  • Captures simulation events with four IP or analog cameras, a microphone, and a computer
  • Captures video, audio, data logs, and "patient" vital signs and then replays scenarios with instructor annotations
  • Creates a single, time-indexed debriefing file for effective evaluation
  • Enables viewing of live events while monitoring vital signs, annotating in real-time
  • Provides robust evaluation capabilities via embedded tools and assessment templates
  • Integrates with SimCenter product suite, including SimStore, SimDeveloper, and SimManager

According to a survey conducted by SimVentures of approximately 900 healthcare educators, 94 percent of those who use advanced patient simulators felt that "the ability to capture high quality simulation videos that run clearly and smoothly" is important. Only 38 percent of those who capture some type of data, however, are estimated to be capturing "video" data. The ease of managing, distributing, and archiving simulation data for debriefing sessions will be enhanced using SimView—as it is an integral component of SimCenter, a comprehensive simulation management platform announced in January, 2011.

"SimView offers healthcare providers a highly effective means of maximizing their investment in simulation-based learning," said Robert A. Frist, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, HealthStream. "Capturing data through SimView significantly enhances students' learning opportunities in a risk-free, realistic training environment, contributing to their organizations' overall goal of maintaining a well-trained workforce to deliver excellent patient care."

For more information about SimView, you may contact HealthStream at 800-933-9293 or Laerdal Medical at 845-297-7770.

About SimVentures

SimVentures is a collaborative arrangement between HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM) and Laerdal Medical Corporation that offers products and services aimed at accelerating the global adoption of simulation-based learning by healthcare providers—with a focus on improving clinical competencies and patient outcomes. Its flagship product is SimCenter™, a comprehensive, software-as-a-service based simulation management platform. SimCenter is comprised of four components: (1) SimView™, an audio/video data capture/debriefing system; (2) SimStore™, a web-based e-commerce site that makes simulation content available for downloading; (3) SimDeveloper™, an online software developer's toolkit for scenario developers to create simulation content; and (4) SimManager™, an application used for managing simulation-based training programs. For more information, visit http://www.healthstream.com and http://www.laerdal.com.

About HealthStream

HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM) is a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, delivering outcomes-based results for healthcare organizations. Through HealthStream's learning solutions—which have been contracted by approximately 2.7┬ámillion hospital-based healthcare professionals—healthcare organizations create safer environments for patients, increase clinical competencies of their workforces, and facilitate the rapid transfer of the latest knowledge and technologies. Through our research products, healthcare organizations gain valuable insight about patients' experiences, workforce challenges, physician relations, and community perceptions of their services. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthStream has an additional office in Laurel, Maryland. For more information about HealthStream's learning and research solutions, visit http://www.healthstream.com or call us at 800-933-9293.

About Laerdal Medical

Laerdal Medical, one of the world's leading providers of healthcare solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-directed Learning, and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to the medical professionals. Laerdal operates sales and support offices in 23 countries, worldwide, and with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit www.laerdal.com or call 877-523-7325.

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In this press release we make forward-looking statements about our use of capital. These statements are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated due to various factors, including those set forth from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any such statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the dates on which the forward-looking statements are made.

HealthStream, Inc.
Mollie Condra, Ph.D., 615-301-3237
Associate Vice President,
Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Mollie.condra@healthstream.com
or
Laerdal Medical
Jan Holm, +47 90641133
Corporate Director,
Marketing Communication & Branding
jan.holm@laerdal.no

Source: HealthStream, Inc.

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