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Medical “gaming” and simulation—new on Microsoft Health Tech Today

Medical “gaming” and simulation—new on Microsoft Health Tech Today

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This week on Microsoft Health Tech Today I interview two experts in medical gaming and simulation from the Banner Health System Simulation Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.  The Banner Simulation Medical Center is a “virtual hospital” that Banner Health uses to help train physicians and nurses before they treat actual patients.  It is one of the largest centers of its kind in the world.  With computerized mannequins as patients, the 55,000 square foot facility in downtown Mesa has many of the departments and features found in any operating hospital.  This includes an intensive care unit, emergency department, two full-scale operating rooms with virtual operation capabilities, a neonatal care center, and an eight-bed recovery wing.  The facility has the capacity to train upwards of 1,875 nurses annually.

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On our program, Dr.  Kanav Kahol, assistant professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Arizona, and Dr. Mark Smith, systems director for the Banner Health Simulation Medical Center, show us how medical “gaming” and simulation can help educators evaluate and train clinicians.  We take a look at some examples of the computer simulations being used at the Banner SIMS Medical Center and discuss the future of medical gaming, including how consumer devices like Microsoft Xbox and Kinect may play a role in future industry training scenarios and solutions.

You can watch the full interview on Microsoft Health Tech Today when it goes live Tuesday morning, November 2nd. In the meantime, here is a short promo for this week’s show.

Banner Health Medical Simulation Center on Microsoft Health Tech Today

Remember that each of our new weekly shows, as well as all of our shows from last season, are available anytime, on-demand from the Health Tech Today landing site.  Just navigate to the program you want to see using the menu on the right-hand side of  our program player.  Be sure to tune in each Tuesday for a new episode of the on-line video series at the intersection of health and information technology.  Special thanks this month to Polycom for their sponsorship of Health Tech Today.

Bill Crounse, MD            Senior Director, Worldwide Health                   Microsoft

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