Clemson-developed “virtual patient” a medical education “game changer”


7 NEWS IS LIVE AT 5:00 WITH GAME CHANGING VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY OUT OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY THAT COULD REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICAL TRAINING. THEY ARE CREATED VIRTUAL PATIENTS. ADDIE HAMPTON HAS HOW THEY’RE MAKING IT ACCESSIBLE ACROSS THE GLOBE. 79-YEAR-OLD BOB ISN’T DOING TOO WELL. HE’S IN THE HOSPITAL WITH PAIN IN HIS CHEST, BREATHING IS HARD, HE’S TIRED, WHEEZING AND A LITTLE GRUFF. OF COURSE, BOB ISN’T REAL. HE’S THE BRAIN CHILD OF CLEMSON RESEARCHERS WITH THE HELP OF A GRANT FROM THE HEALTH SYSTEM AND HE’S THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL TRAINING SAID DR. BABU. UP UNTIL NOW MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS HAVE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO PRACTICE WITH ROLE-PLAYING AND USING A SIMULATION. WHERE ROBOTS AND PAID ACTORS CAN COST INTO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OVER TIME HE SAID CREATING A VIRTUAL PATIENT PROVIDES A LOWER COST ALTERNATIVE TO TRAIN FUTURE PRACTITIONERS. IT’S REPEATABLE KIND OF EXPERIENCE. BY STEPPING INTO THIS VIRTUAL WORLD MEDICAL STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO TALK TO BOB IN THE ROOM, ESSENTIALLY DIAGNOSING HOW HE FEELS, WHAT HIS SYMPTOMS ARE, JUST AS IF THEY WERE ACTUALLY THERE IN PERSON. I SEE THAT IN THE FUTURE HOSPITALS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS MIGHT ACTUALLY EMBRACE IT. YES, I’M STILL HAVING CHILLS. THEIR NEXT GOAL IS CREATING A TABLET-BASED PLATFORM TO WORK ON AN IPAD OR SMART PHONE, MAKING IT MOBILE TO OTHER PARTS OF THE GLOBE BRINGING THE GENERATION OF DOCTORS AND NURSES WHO MIGHT NOT OTHER WISE GET A SHOT AT MEDICAL TRAINING. IN CLEMSON, ADDIE HAMPTON, 7 NEWS. THE BEST PART IS ALL COUGHING DOESN’T SPREAD ANY GERMS. WE HOPE HE’S FEELING BETTER SOON. ME TOO. THEY ALREADY ESTABLISHED WORKING PARTNERSHIPS WITH BMW AND BOEING TO CREATE SIMULATED SAFETY TRAINING. THEY JUST STARTED WORK ON A TEXTILE PLANT TO HELP THE

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