Telehealth & Simulation


From robots to health care simulation, UC College of Nursing is engaging the community in innovative technological projects to provide competency-based learning and improve care provision in the future. The college has invested in telehealth technology and is incorporating remote presence robots into student courses and community-based settings in order to prepare students for the transformation of health care delivery and to ensure workforce readiness.

Telehealth devices are growing in usage across the nation as a means to get professional expertise deployed to underserved, difficult to reach populations and in post acute settings. Telehealth devices can range from being as simple as health care providers using a phone to discuss patient care or as complex as operating a remote presence robot from long distances.

Students have the opportunity to experience state-of-the-art simulation, telehealth, and integrated tablet and smart phone technologies in the Interprofessional Innovation Collaboratory and the Maple Knoll Village Innovation Collaboratory Smart House.

Interprofessional Innovation Collaboratory

The Interprofessional Innovation Collaboratory is home to the new telehealth education center and clinical simulation translation facilities. The collaboratory is an expansion of our existing clinical skills environments that consists of our simulated operation room, labor and delivery unit, clinic exam bays and a general medical surgical area that is being transformed into a pediatric unit. The newly added Interporfessional Innovation Collaboratory adds a clinical translation facility that incorporate the latest technologies that are being used in the health care setting, particularly in the areas of telehealth and human patient simulation. It encompasses interdisciplinary interactive learning with clinical care competency development. The innovation work is utilized with a variety of students and prospective students as well as with veteran faculty members. The telehealth devices provides for a practical hands on experience for the students, who may encounter the devices in their clinical placement or personal life. The telehealth devices are also extending the reach of some of the practicing faculty and other Interprofessional team members. The remote presence telehealth robots and table top devices are used to extend the reach of nursing faculty and health care providers.

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Maple Knoll Village Innovation Collaboratory House

Known as the Innovation Collaboratory House, the villa is a partnership between Maple Knoll Village and University of Cincinnati colleges of nursing, medicine and engineering and applied science. It’s home to telehealth robots and patient simulators, and is now the testing ground for innovative student projects aimed at detecting falls, preventing medication errors and making life easier for an aging population.

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Debi Sampsel

Debi Sampsel, DNP, BA, RN
Chief Officer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Debi Sampsel joined the college in January 2013 and is responsible for developing innovative initiatives that are incorporated into the curriculum and continuing education programs. She also oversees the nursing simulation and skills labs.

Sampsel designed the UC College of Nursing's Interprofessional Innovation Collaboratory that features simulation, telehealth, iPads and virtual learning. Under Sampsel’s leadership, in conjunction with UC College of Engineering and Applied Science and UC College of Medicine’s geriatrics department, a research, education and practice collaboratory house opened at Maple Knoll Village. Sampsel is also the creator of the Living Laboratory Smart Technology house that is located in Centerville, Ohio.

In February 2013, Sampsel and a colleague’s telehealth work led to the innovation of a home care telehealth system that was awarded a patent by the United States Patent Trade Office. Sampsel’s extensive research background in telehealth and robotics is part of the collaboratory work and will be part of her work at the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care as their part-time director of nursing research and innovation.

Additionally, she is a co-principle investigator of a Veterans Affair - Dayton research study testing the effectiveness of incorporating human patient simulators in veteran chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient education programs.

Sampsel serves on a national telehealth committee as well as commissioner on the Center for Aging Services Technologies Commission in Washington, D.C. Sampsel also serves as an honorary commander of the inpatient units at Wright Patterson Air Force Base 188th Medical Center. Formerly, she was the director for a nursing workforce simulation research project as well as the director of a multistate telehealth program for the Air Force Research Laboratory.

She has a doctorate of nursing practice from Union University in Tennessee, a master’s of nursing from University of Toledo Medical College, formerly the Medical College of Ohio, and a bachelor of art degree from the University of Toledo, Ohio.

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