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World-first medical training powered by hologram patients

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Medical students at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge are the first in the world to experience a new way of learning, using the latest in mixed reality holographic patients.

The technology enables teaching and learning through life-like holographic patient scenarios, accessible from anywhere in the world.

The new mixed-reality training application is called HoloScenarios and is being developed by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Los Angeles-based tech company GigXR.

The first module focuses on common respiratory conditions and emergencies.  Learners in the same room, wearing Microsoft HoloLens headsets, are able to see each other in real life, while also interacting with a multi-layered, medically accurate holographic patient. This enables them to practice vital, real-time decision making and treatment choices.

Through the same type of headset, medical instructors are able to change patient responses, introduce complications and record observations and discussions, whether in person in a teaching group or remotely to multiple locations worldwide, via the internet.

Learners can also watch, contribute to and assess the holographic patient scenarios from Android, iOS smartphone or tablet. This means true-to-life, safe-to-fail immersive learning can be accessed, delivered and shared across the world, with the technology now available for license to learning institutions everywhere.

The first module features a hologram patient with asthma, followed by anaphylaxis, pulmonary embolism and pneumonia. Further modules in cardiology and neurology are in development.

Leading the project in Cambridge is Dr Arun Gupta, consultant anaesthetist at CUH and director of postgraduate education at Cambridge University Health Partnership. He said: “Mixed reality is increasingly recognised as a useful method of simulator training. As institutions scale procurement, the demand for platforms that offer utility and ease of mixed reality learning management is rapidly expanding

“GigXR has already enabled instructors to better prepare learners with medically accurate simulation for observation and assessment. With HoloScenarios, we’re helping to evolve education from a mentorship-based model to one where students around the world can have equal access to top-flight expertise for mastering invention-based clinical skills.”

For more information on the Gig Immersive Learning Platform, visit www.gigxr.com.

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