Kaplan acquires i-Human Patients, leader in virtual interactive medical simulations


NEW YORK & SUNNYVALE, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Kaplan, the industry leader in test preparation and the leading provider of medical license exam preparation in the United States?? (USMLE) and National Council licensing exam?? (NCLEX), acquired the assets of i-Human Patients, Inc. (IHP), a leader in cloud-based interactive patient encounter simulations for healthcare and nursing professionals and educators. The purchase price was not disclosed.

i-Human patients?? is a high-performance healthcare case creation and playback system that can simulate a full medical encounter with a patient, from taking a history, performing physical exams, building and filing a differential, up to the ordering and evaluation of diagnostic tests. Used by healthcare professionals ranging from master clinicians to first-year medical students, as well as nursing students and advanced practice medical assistants, the i-Human platform includes over 500 cases that can be configured for match the level of the learner. About a third of i-Human’s cases are based on the methodology of Symptom to Diagnosis, a book written and edited., by the faculty of the University of Chicago. Symptom to Diagnosis (S2D) is an innovative way to teach medical students how to use a case-based approach to examine symptoms and arrive at disease diagnosis – similar to real patient encounters.

“Simulation in healthcare is emerging as a key tool for education, assessment and reduction of medical errors, and we see it playing a vital and exponentially growing role in the future of healthcare. high quality and cost effective ”, said Bharat Krishna, vice president. and Managing Director of Emerging Markets for the Licensure Division of Kaplan Test Prep. “IHP has developed an award-winning, world-class simulation system that complements Kaplan’s portfolio of industry-leading resources for students and partners. We believe there is significant untapped potential at i-Human Patients as a leader in next-generation cloud-based virtual patient simulation for healthcare professionals, and we look forward to leveraging this capability in Kaplan’s portfolio to unlock this potential in the health education landscape. . ”

“Our team is thrilled to be part of Kaplan, a well-respected player with extensive experience in results-based learning, online delivery, and online assessment and distribution assets in the business training markets. healthcare professionals, ”said Norm Wu, i-Human Patients, Inc.. CEO. “We share a common mission to help future healthcare professionals develop the essential skills that will lead to clinical excellence. Kaplan’s global footprint will allow the i-Human platform and team to bring our world-class system to a wider population of healthcare professionals and have a far greater impact than we do. could do it alone. ”

IHP will become a key capability for Kaplan’s licensing operations, expanding current offerings for professional licensing exams, particularly for its healthcare portfolio, which serves physicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.

The Reliance Foundation (www.dependfoundation.org) has supported the development of the i-Human platform and S2D cases and will continue to be the exclusive partner to bring this virtual patient simulation technology to India and help revolutionize the ‘medical education and to equip health professionals to achieve higher standards of excellence. Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Ltd., aims to play a catalytic role in addressing India’s development challenges through innovative and sustainable solutions in health, education and other social services.

Krishna noted that Kaplan looks forward to continuing IHP’s current work with the American Medical Association (AMA) to assess the effectiveness of teaching and assessing diagnostic reasoning using the Dating System. with simulated i-Human Patients. WADA is the principal investigator overseeing the scientific study.

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About Kaplan

Kaplan Test Prep (www.kaptest.com) is a division of Kaplan, Inc., which serves over one million students worldwide each year through its range of higher education, test prep, training training, English language training and university preparation, and offers to individuals, institutions and businesses. In its nearly 80-year history, first as a small pioneer in test preparation, then as a leader in online education and now a global education provider, Kaplan has been recognized for to have widened access to education and used technological and scientific innovations to continuously improve the results of its students. and partners. Kaplan operates in more than 30 countries, employs more than 15,000 full and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges and universities, and more than 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.

About i-Human Patients, Inc.

i-Human Patients, Inc. (IHP, www.i-human.com) is a privately funded company dedicated to enabling active online learning in healthcare to promote the delivery of high quality care and cost-effective, and to ensure an adequate supply of health care providers fully trained in patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning.


Perry A. Thomasson