Build Your Own Patient Encounter With the SimX Virtual Manikin Series

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The SimX Virtual Manikin Series is transforming medical simulation education globally by offering customizable virtual patient encounters. Unlike traditional patient manikins, these virtual manikins provide a more realistic and flexible learning experience.

Instructors can customize patient avatars, environments, and scenarios in real-time, adjusting patient appearance, vital signs, animations, and more. This innovative approach allows for diverse, immersive, and customizable training, making it faster, easier, and more effective than traditional methods in healthcare education. Read the article to learn more.


The SimX Virtual Manikin Series custom case creation technology is revolutionizing medical simulation education worldwide. 

For decades, patient manikins have evolved to incorporate varying degrees of sophistication paired with back-end technology to enhance the simulation experience. While effective, they require a significant initial investment, as well as comprehensive staff training and maintenance costs. Over the past 10 years, SimX has successfully enhanced traditional training with virtual patient encounters. The SimX Virtual Manikin Series marks the next evolution in virtual reality healthcare training. 

Simulation Training That is Faster, Easier, and More Realistic

While high-fidelity and realistic manikins have come a long way, they are still severely limited. For example, it is impossible for a manikin to emulate neurological deficits such as unilateral weakness or dynamic facial droop. A manikin cannot break out in hives or a desquamating rash. The inflexible nature of manikins means they’ll never reach the level of realism required to truly recreate a clinical patient encounter. In VR, learners have immense freedom to assess patients, find the right tools, and experience dynamic virtual environments.

What is the SimX Virtual Manikin Series?

In contrast with traditional simulation methods with manikins and dedicated sim centers, the SimX Virtual Manikin Series is a customizable collection of simulated patient encounters that allows educators to customize patient avatars, environments, and scenario outcomes to create unique simulations. The Virtual Manikin can respond to and interact with learners in an effort to gain true-to-life clinical experience. Unlike physical manikins, the Virtual Manikin can be set up in less than 5 minutes.

How it Works

  1. Choose The Encounter Type, Patient, and Environment

The SimX Virtual Manikin Series currently offers two encounters: one focused on pediatric pathologies and the other on adults with chest pain-related complaints. Before the scenario begins, instructors choose the patient type and virtual environment that will best meet their needs:

  • Pediatric Respiratory: Select from two different pediatric avatars: male or female. Then, select either a hospital or ambulance setting. 
  • Adult Chest Pain: Select from four different patient avatars with varying demographics and age groups. Then, select either a hospital or ambulance setting. 

More Virtual Manikin subtypes are in development and will be made available as they are finalized and integrated into the series.

  1. Build Custom Patient Encounters in Real Time

With no rigid learning objectives, critical actions, or predetermined outcomes, instructors can adjust scenarios in real-time to meet learner needs. Instructors can customize and control:

  • Patient appearance (demographic, age, and sex)
  • Encounter setting (hospital/ambulance)
  • Patient vitals
  • Patient animations
  • Lab and imaging results
  • Physical exam findings
  • Patient and non-player character (NPC) dialogue
  • Final Diagnosis

For example, a SimX Virtual Manikin can be made to feel sudden chest pain. A facilitator can then change cardiac rhythms on the monitor, change EKGs in a virtual EMR, and modify the tactile pulse. They can also move between giving the manikin chest x-rays and live ultrasound, which they can change to reflect a pneumothorax or pneumonia. The SimX Virtual Manikin series allows you to author countless scenarios, diagnoses, and treatment options

  1. Save States for the Future

All encounters in the Virtual Manikin Series can be customized in real-time to meet the needs of educators and learners. To improve efficiency, an instructor’s favorite patient settings and states can be selected and saved as a preset grouping for future simulations. This preset feature eliminates the need to rebuild encounters and allows sim educators to easily train facilitators to administer training sessions and evaluations. To get you started, each Virtual Manikin scenario comes with SimX-authored configured presets. True high-fidelity simulation has never been this fast, easy, or uncomplicated.

  1. Run It Again and Again

The SimX Virtual Manikin Series is a repeatable and customizable experience that allows learners to experience hundreds of unique and immersive patient encounters in one training platform. Learners can run through patient encounters again and again, each time with different presets or real-time vitals adjustments, to test their skills and prepare for real-life patient encounters.

Unlike manikins, patients in Virtual Reality can be made to reflect realistic demographics with varying symptoms, physical exam findings, and psychosocial stressors. The easy-to-use design of the SimX Virtual Manikin Series allows you to invest your time where it really belongs: in learning, practicing, and improving essential life-saving skills.


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