Holographic patients are being used to train medical students at Cambridge for the first time in the world.
Students at Addenbrooke’s Hospital are using a new mixed reality training system called “HoloScenarios”, which allows teaching and learning with realistic holograms and is accessible from anywhere in the world.
The technology is being developed by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), the University of Cambridge and GigXR, a technology company based in Los Angeles.
The developers said it could provide more flexible and cost-effective training than traditional simulation, which requires more resources and expense to maintain labs and hire patient actors.
Using mixed reality headsets, students can not only see each other, but are also interacting with a medically accurate, multi-layered holographic patient, the developers said.
Students will take several modules using the technology, the first of which focuses on respiratory conditions and emergencies.
This is a holographic patient with asthma, followed by anaphylaxis, pulmonary embolism, and pneumonia.
Other modules in cardiology and neurology are under development.
Professor Sir Stephen Powis, national medical director for NHS England, said the development will “improve” the learning of the next generation of doctors.
He said: “The NHS has always been at the forefront of medical innovation, and this unique development by teams at Cambridge – to use realistic holographic patients in medical training – can enhance the learning experience of our next generation of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. , creating new environments to practice medicine in real time, improving access to training around the world”.
The Doctor. Arun Gupta, a CUH consultant anesthesiologist leading the project, said: “Mixed reality is increasingly recognized as a useful method of simulator training.
“As institutions scale purchases, demand for platforms that offer mixed reality learning utility and ease of management is rapidly expanding.”
The software has already enabled instructors to better prepare students, Gupta added.
“With HoloScenarios, we are helping to evolve education from a guidance-based model to one where students around the world can have equal access to high-level knowledge to master invention-based clinical skills,” he said.
David King Lassman, Founder of GigXR, said: “Empowering instructors with 360 degree preparation for clinical practice represents a milestone for GigXR that allows us to provide our customers with a library of applications that provide solutions for students from their very first courses. to ongoing courses. Education.
“Our first HoloScenarios module represents an incredibly powerful new way to use mixed reality for healthcare training, to be followed by many more modules and new apps delivered soon.”