Kaplan Acquires i-Human Patients, A Leader in Virtual Interactive Medical Simulations


Kaplan Acquires i-Human Patients, A Leader in Virtual Interactive Medical Simulations

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Kaplan Acquires i-Human Patients,

A Leader in Virtual Interactive Medical Simulations

New York, NY/Sunnyvale, CA (February 28, 2018) — Kaplan, the test prep industry leader and

leading provider of preparation for the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and National Council

Licensure Exam (NCLEX), has acquired the assets of i-Human Patients, Inc. (IHP), a leader in

cloud-based, interactive patient encounter simulations for medical and nursing professionals and

educators. The purchase price was not disclosed.

i-Human Patients is a high performance, healthcare case authoring and playback system which

can simulate a complete medical patient encounter from taking a history, performing physical

exams, building and ranking a differential, to ordering and evaluating diagnostic tests. Used by

healthcare professionals ranging from master clinicians to first-year medical students, as well as

advanced practice nursing and physician assistant students, the i-Human platform includes 500+

cases that can be configured to match the level of the learner. About a third of i-Human’s cases are

based on the methodology in Symptom to Diagnosis, a book written and edited , by faculty from the

University of Chicago. Symptom to Diagnosis ( S2D) is an innovative way of teaching medical

students how to use a case-based approach of looking at symptoms and arriving at disease

diagnosis — similar to real patient encounters.

“Simulation in healthcare is emerging as a key tool for education, assessment and medical error

reduction, and we see it playing a critical and exponentially growing role in the future of

high-quality, cost-effective care,” said Bharat Krishna, Vice President and General Manager of

Emerging Markets for Kaplan Test Prep’s Licensure division. “IHP has developed an award-winning,

best-in-class simulation system that complements Kaplan’s portfolio of industry-leading resources

for students and partners. We believe there’s significant untapped potential in i-Human Patients as

a leader in next-generation, cloud-based, virtual patient simulation for medical professionals, and

we look forward to leveraging this capability across Kaplan’s portfolio to unleash that potential

within the health education landscape.”

“Our team is excited about becoming part of Kaplan, a well-respected player with extensive

experience with outcomes-based learning, online delivery, and online assessment and distribution

assets in healthcare professional education markets” said Norm Wu, i-Human Patients, Inc. CEO.

“We share a common mission of helping future healthcare professionals develop the critical

competencies that will deliver clinical excellence. Kaplan’s global footprint will enable the i-Human

platform and team to bring our world class system to a broader population of healthcare

professionals and have a far greater impact than we could on our own.”

IHP will become a key capability for Kaplan’s Licensure operation, expanding current offerings in

preparation for professional licensure exams, specifically for its healthcare portfolio, which serves

doctors, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and


Reliance Foundation ( www.reliancefoundation.org ) supported the development of i-Human

platform and the S2D cases and will continue to be the exclusive partner for bringing this virtual

patient simulation technology to India and help revolutionize medical education and equip

healthcare professionals in achieving greater 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 areas of health, education,

and other social welfare.

Krishna noted that Kaplan is looking forward to continuing IHP’s current work with the American

Medical Association (AMA) to assess the efficacy of teaching and evaluating diagnostic reasoning

using the i-Human Patients simulated patient encounter system. The AMA is the principal

investigator overseeing the scientific study.

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with Kaplan.

About Kaplan

Kaplan Test Prep ( www.kaptest.com ) is a division of Kaplan, Inc., which serves over one million

students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional

education, English-language training, and university preparation, and offerings to individuals,

institutions, and businesses. Across its nearly 80 year history, first as small test-prep pioneer and

then an early online education leader and now a global education provider, Kaplan has been

recognized for expanding educational access and using technology and learning science innovations

to continually improve outcomes for its students and partners. Kaplan has operations in over 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 over 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 e-learning in healthcare to promote the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care,

and to ensure an adequate supply of healthcare providers fully trained in patient assessment and

diagnostic reasoning.

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