Simulation Validation, Evaluation, and Testing (SimVET)
To test drive health care solutions with frontline staff in a simulated hospital environment.
Nothing should touch a Veteran until it has been validated as safe and effective through simulation.
Vetting Health Care Solutions
Simulation Validation, Evaluation, and Testing (SimVET) is an emerging service and innovative model
sponsored by the National Simulation Center (NSC). Prior to health care solution acquisition and
deployment across the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), SimVET test drives clinical software
applications and medical devices in a fail-safe simulated clinical environment. This service supports VHA
modernization efforts to become a high-reliability organization (HRO) by anticipating risks. SimVET
empowers the frontline staff and clinicians who directly provide care to Veterans to be central to the
vetting process. This approach greatly reduces the chance for harmful events that result from new health
care solution implementation.
By replicating complex care environments such as intensive care units (ICU), community-based outpatient
clinics (CBOC) and community living centers (CLC), SimVET develops use case scenarios to analyze health
care solutions for usability, patient safety, clinical workflow impact, and technical feasibility.
Additionally, SimVET maintains an integrations capability that not only stays abreast of the new
technologies, but also ensures that their implementation meets safety, usability, and clinical standards.
As one portfolio, SimVET provides software solutions, equipment solutions, and integration work to
continuously optimize Veteran care through simulation.
Military service members go into harm’s way; our Veterans should not
From first-hand experience, Veterans understand the critical role that simulation
SimVET ensures that VHA enhances Veteran care and provides excellent patient outcomes through
What We Achieve
A streamlined process for validating, evaluating,
and testing health care solutions for usability, patient safety, technical feasibility, and clinical
A simulation environment that accurately represents diverse clinical
settings in medical centers across the VHA
Decreased cost, variability, and interoperability challenges to eliminate
potential patient safety hazards, minimize clinical workflow disruptions, and better utilize VA
resources across health care facilities
A Consumer Reports-style analysis for each health care solution that is
validated, evaluated, and tested
An integration package to help you get ready for your implementation journey
A collection of SimVET analysis results readily accessible to the VA
The SimVET model will analyze a variety of health care solutions (e.g., clinical software
applications and medical equipment/devices) through examining usability, impact on clinical workflow,
patient safety, and technical feasibility. The SimVET model will produce a Consumer Reports-style
analysis including pros and cons, relevant comparisons, unique advantages, patient safety risks, and
end-user recommendations. This final report is intended to inform acquisition decisions throughout the
enterprise. In short, SimVET allows the VHA to test drive health care solutions before they reach
Veterans and clinical end-users. The criteria for health care solution analysis will be based on
priorities from leadership in the VHA, VISN, or VA Medical Center (VAMC) levels. Additionally,
recommendations from the VHA program offices or other stakeholders, such as staff and Veterans, will
be considered for health care solution analysis. To ensure the solution can work in the VHA
environment, technical requirements will be tested through our robust integrations capability.
Frontline clinical staff will then seamlessly conduct live scenarios in a realistic, simulated
hospital environment, applying these new health care solutions in the workflows for patient care and
other Veteran-facing services.
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