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DXR Development Group

DxR Development Group, established in 1990, became a client in the SIUC Small Business Incubator several years later. The three individuals who formed this company developed Diagnostic Reasoning, a software package designed to provide students with the ability to practice the patient encounter and to give faculty a record of how each student reasoned through the patient problem. Interest in this software from other medical schools increased and their software was commercialized. At present, there are three core areas within DxR Group’s business model: 1) patient simulation; 2) contract tutorial (also known as courseware; and 3) on-line performance based testing. In 2008 they entered into a partnership with the National League for Nursing which now has a presence in SIU Research Park.

National League for Nursing

Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN members include nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public. The NLN offers faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives.

R & B Soft

R & B Soft, LLC brings cutting-edge technology to hard-to-solve industrial projects. Established in 2005 from a group of computer scientists and medical doctors, R & B Soft determined their core objective of applying computational intelligence to complex medical-related procedures and practices.

SIU Nurse Assistant/Aide Testing Program

The SIU Nurse Assistant/Aide Testing Program is a university testing unit based in the College of Education, Department of Workforce Education and Development. They administer the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam (NACE) for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Currently the primary functions include coordinate and administer the monthly Nurse Aide Competency Examination utilizing 54 test sites located in all of the seven regions across the state of Illinois. They also process and score all exams, conduct statistical analysis and provide testing results to IDPH, 787 approved nurse aide training programs, and all individual test takers. They compile, print and bind balanced NACE exams for use with the monthly test administration and various technical assurance manuals for use by IDPH and Illinois nurse aide training programs. In addition to the above, they assist in updating and maintenance of the Nurse Aide Registry, conduct research, and maintain, update an Illinois Nurse Aide Testing Website and develop instructional materials to be utilized by IDPH and Illinois Nurse Aide training programs.