Techniques for Implementing a Virtual Patient

OverviewMedical care delivery is a major industry in the United States. An important component of medical care delivery is a cadre of trained medical care professionals who can diagnose patient conditions and prescribe treatment protocols using c…

Overview

Medical care delivery is a major industry in the
United States. An important component of medical care delivery is a
cadre of trained medical care professionals who can diagnose patient
conditions and prescribe treatment protocols using cognitive skills. The
fewer errors made by this cadre, the better the overall quality of
medical care is provided. The present technology relates to medical care
delivery, and in particular to improving decision-making skills of
medical personnel with systems that stimulate interactions with a
patient using a novel virtual patient teaching tool.

Applications

Novel teaching aid for improving medical education training.

Advantages

Offers novel approach to improving medical
education. Allows for open-ended inquiry and intervention in a simulated
patient. Allows for a wide variety of patient outcomes dependent upon
patient condition and student actions. Use as a novel teaching tool.

Stage of Development

At present, the virtual patient system has a working model covering only the anatomy and physiology of the esophagus.

R&D Required

More R & D is needed prior to final commercial form.