Introba (formerly Ross & Baruzzini) provided medical equipment planning services for the Houston Methodist Hospitals Institute for Technology Innovation & Education in Houston, Texas.
The Methodist Institute for Technology Innovation & Education (MITIE) is a national center for research and education in minimally invasive surgical procedures that provides hands-on training to practicing healthcare professionals and research on new technologies.
The 35,000 ft² facility combines a procedural skills lab, research core, and virtual hospital on a single floor—creating synergy between collaborative research and training activities. The procedural skills lab includes 15-operating stations to teach minimally-invasive techniques, using animate and inanimate subjects. Video from two demonstration stations can be distributed live to each training station as well as recorded.
There is shell space to add two additional simulation suites in the future. In addition, the virtual hospital has four partial task training rooms. These allow learners to focus on a narrow component of a procedure, such as how to manage a difficult airway or insert a central line using ultrasound guidance.