In recent years, Asia Pacific's healthcare simulation industry has witnessed tremendous growth. This high growth of simulation training can be attributed to a number of factors such as rising healthcare costs, increasing need of skilled staffs for assuring patients' safety, focus on improving quality of health services, and technological advancements in surgeries and treatments.
Asian healthcare simulation market is valued at $126.7 million in 2014 and growing at a rate of 22.2% yearly to reach $345.3 million by 2019, as quoted in a report by MarketsandMarkets. The application of simulation for education in Asia is limited due to the lack of awareness of simulation benefits and justification of return on investments. Also, the bigger question is whether we have reached 'realism' in simulated training modules with existing technologies and equipments.
'Asia Pacific Healthcare Simulation Conference', organized by MnM Conference and scheduled on the 21st & 22th of April 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia aims to provide platform-discussing ways in improving existing simulation techniques for better outcomes by bringing together experts from hospitals, universities, training centres, and research institutions. The conference would also discuss the pivotal challenges hindering the growth of simulation training such as high costs of simulators, limited availability of funds, and operational challenges in maintaining the training units.