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Socially Relevant Knowledge Based Telemedicine

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Addendum 15 Sep 2008-28 Jan 2013

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The advent of the Internet followed by the diffusion of Web 2.0 has the potential to revolutionize the delivery of clinical training in healthcare in both collocated and non collocated clinical environments 1 4. This is of significant relevance to the military given the shortage of healthcare providers and the disparate locations in which the military has to operate. The objective of this proposal was to design, develop and evaluate a socially relevant knowledge driven virtual collaborative training network. The scope of the project included non collocated distributed clinical teams solving medical decision making problems with the help of Web 3.0 tools. We developed the collaborative virtual environments and defined clinical team activities for which the virtual worlds were used. Three different training modalities were utilized traditional training, virtual training with persuasive techniques, and virtual training without persuasive techniques. Focusing on Advanced Cardiac Life Support training, we developed a virtual world platform to enable training of non collocated teams on ACLS training, and then were tested on developed clinical scenarios. Then by coupling haptic devices with the virtual world, we enabled a multi sensorial platform for team training. These results support the hypothesis that the collaborative virtual environment with persuasive techniques trains as well as current collocated methodologies and sets the stage for further evaluation of this virtual and socially relevant approach.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Cybernetics

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